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Get Inspired at Akamai Edge 2013!

Edge is a must-attend event for global Internet business leaders looking to take their online operations to the next level. In addition to great networking events and amazing speakers, Edge connects you with the tech experts and innovation engineers who are available for hands-on lab sessions, 1:1 consultations, or an informal chat. All have the insight and know how to address your technical challenges head-on - no matter what they may be. 


Once registered, you're able to book a session with an Akamai Innovation Engineer by emailing us with your session topic request

Space is limited so book today! 

See you in D.C.!

Brad Rinklin 
Chief Marking Officer, Akamai

Akamai Edge 2013: The Deeper Security Dive

A few days ago I told you about all the security awesomeness planned for the Akamai Edge customer conference. Today, I'm delving deeper into the agenda for a look at the more technical talks.

For the overview, see the post "Security Front and Center at Akamai Edge 2013."

Now for that deeper dive...

Wednesday, Oct. 9:

Noon-1:30 p.m.: Financial Services Roundtable Lunch: Security Information Sharing - Lessons Learned from Financial Services: Join us for our annual financial service luncheon and roundtable discussion. This year's topic will include speakers from the FS-ISAC (Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center), USAA, and TD Bank. Come learn about the FS-ISAC, and hear how the financial services industry shares threat intelligence to protect critical systems and assets. Take part in the conversation, share your experiences, and network with your peers. The session is open all conference attendees. Commerce, High Tech and other Akamai customers are encouraged to join and learn how the banks share cyber threat intelligence.

Discussion leaders:

Rich Bolstridge, Akamai, Chief Strategist, Financial Services

Denise Anderson, FS-ISAC, Vice President, Government and Cross-Sector Programs

Don Clemmons, USAA, Technical Fellow

Dave Grau, TD Bank, Head of Threat Response, Intelligence, and Defensive Technologies

2:20-3 p.m.: Developers' Lab II: Akamai Observed Attacks and Mitigation Techniques - A Real-time Demonstration

4:20-5 p.m.: Government Forum Keynote by Joel Brenner, NSA, Former Senior Counsel - Glass Houses: Privacy, Secrecy, and Cyber Insecurity in a Transparent World

5:15-5:45 p.m.: Main Stage Partner Keynote: Observations on Modern Cyber Crime and Espionage

Thursday, Oct. 10:

10:30-noon: Kona - Web Security Roadmap: Gimme Shelter - How Kona Site Defender, IP Defender, and Cloud Security Intelligence Will Help You Weather Cyber Storms in the Coming Year: Explore the latest attack trends, from the Russian Business Network and the Al Qassam Cyber Fighters to Vietnamese Carders and Account Checkers. Learn how to tune rules to avoid "noise" and capitalize on the latest rules created to help protect customers across the Akamai Intelligent Platform. Discover how to implement the newest Kona Site Defender features and what features are still to come in 2013. Learn about how Kona IP Defender will extend protection to your entire data center. Hear how the User Validation Module has successfully defended against Account Checkers at the some of the largest eCommerce sites in the world. Understand how Cloud Security Intelligence will lead to even greater sets of rules in the future.

1:30-2:10 p.m.: Security Keynote: A Conversation with Bruce Schneier

1:30-2:10 p.m.: Developers' Lab II: Leveraging Akamai's Kona Security APIs

2:20-3 p.m.: Security Panel: Operation Abibal, Anniversary Panel - What We Have Learned: Launched in the fall of 2012, Operation Ababil has been the most visible and sustained battle in the security landscape. This well-funded, well-organized adversary has caused loss of business for many financial institutions and loss of sleep for a great many more. This panel will consist of a conversation with information security leaders from several institutions discussing what lessons they have drawn from the past year's response and practices they have put into place that have improved the security posture of their organizations and from which others can benefit. Confirmed panelists include David Cripps, CISO, Investec, Denise Anderson, Vice President Programs and Services, Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-iSAC)

2:20-3 p.m.: Developers' Lab II: Akamai Observed Attacks and Mitigation Techniques - A Real-time Demonstration

3:30-4:10 p.m.: Security Tech Session: Big Data Intelligence - Harnessing Petabytes of WAF Statistics to Analyze and Improve Web Production in the Cloud: As web application attacks turn into massive campaigns against large corporations across the globe, web application firewall data increases exponentially, leaving security experts with a big data mess to analyze. Pinpointing real attacks in a sea of security event noise becomes an almost impossible tedious task. In this presentation, we will unveil a unique platform for collecting, analyzing and distilling Petabytes of WAF security intelligence information. Using the collected data, we will discuss the OWASP ModSecurity Core Rule Set project's accuracy, and reveal common attack trends, as well as our impressions and suggestions for how to wisely make the best out of the CRS project.

3:30-4:10 p.m.: Commerce Security Threat Briefing with Akamai CSIRT Director Mike Smith

Friday, Oct. 11:

9-9:40 a.m.: Security Session: USAA - Optimized Kona Site Defender and Real World Usage: Web attacks - they aren't something to fear, they are something to expect and prepare for. Please join Josh Stevens and Neelsen Cyrus, Senior Security Analysts at USAA, to hear how their team has leveraged Akamai Kona Site Defender to stop attacks while preserving site performance and availability. The team will focus on operational efficiencies gained by replacing error-prone, manual WAF updates with automation using Akamai's Network List API for Network Layer Protection.

9:50-10:30 a.m.: Security Session: The Many Dimensions of Web Security

9:50-10:30 a.m.: Developers' Session I: Leveraging Akamai's Security APIs


Security Front and Center at Akamai Edge 2013

At this year's Akamai Edge Conference, taking place Oct. 7-11 in Washington DC, security will be a central part of the agenda.

One of the three tracks this year is a Web Security Symposium, tailored to meet the needs of security professionals looking to protect their organization from unwanted network or application layer attacks, while improving the exchange of information between employees, customers and business partners on any device, anywhere. Topics include:

  • Developing strategies to secure your data, sites and applications
  • Security without compromising performance
  • Web security customer panel discussions
  • Managing enterprise global security in a hybrid cloud environment
  • Mobile security insights and best practices

Security heavyweights are featured prominently on the keynote roster.

There will be the Financial Services Roundtable Lunch on Security Information Sharing: Lessons Learned from Financial Services, and Former NSA Senior Counsel Joel Brenner will share his insider perspectives on the implications of our global reliance on the inter-connected and Internet-dependent way of life and how to address "the new faces of espionage and warfare on the digital battleground."

There will also be a keynote discussion with Bruce Schneier, founder and CTO of BT Managed Security Solutions, and Akamai CSO Andy Ellis will lead a panel discussion on the lessons of Operation Abibal.

Akamai CSO Andy Ellis offers more of an overview here:

We look forward to seeing you there!


This October at the Edge Global Conference I'll be joined by technology visionaries from a wide range of industries and organizations discussing topics related to creating cutting edge experiences ... faster. 

I'm specifically excited to share details about the new Developers' Track we'll be introducing. We have some fantastic presenters lined up, including Geoffrey Moore - Author and Business Strategies; Gene Kim - VisOps Author and Entrepreneur; Jason Grigsby - Mobile Web Evangelist; and Josh Clark - Mobile Design Strategist, talking about stimulating topics ranging from DevOps to responsive design, and discussing steps toward adopting these cutting-edge development methodologies.


And, of course, beyond that we will share new information about Akamai product roadmaps, discuss best practices, and network with an incredible group of peers whilesharing a beer together after the sessions.


Stay tuned and I look forward to seeing you at Edge 2013.


Guy Podjarni

Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Web Experience , Akamai

See You at Edge 2013!

Since our founding, Akamai has been at the vanguard of the Internet revolution.  And as we prepare to celebrate our 15th anniversary this month, our spirit of innovation and our desire to solve the most difficult Internet challenges are just as strong today as they were 15 years ago.

From day one, we have worked hard to gain an understanding of how our customers want to use the Internet to make their businesses be more agile, more customer-centric, and more profitable.  And we use that understanding to guide our innovation and to invent new solutions to help make our customers' visions become a reality.

This October, we'll be gathering in Washington, DC for our 6th annual customer conference--Akamai Edge.  Edge is one of my favorite events because I get to hear from our customers about how they're using Akamai solutions to help deliver on the promise of the Cloud.  Edge is more than a conference; it's become a forum for Internet visionaries from a range of industries and regions to gather and share their secrets to online success.

Our customer base now includes 96 of the Internet Retailer 100 companies, 7 of the top 10 global banks, 19 of the top 20 hotel brands, and more than one-third of the Global 500 companies.  And many of the leaders from those organizations will be on-hand at Edge to share their ideas for pushing the pace of innovation in a hyperconnected world.

This year, we will hear from industry thought leaders such as Fedex CIO Rob Carter, Security Expert Bruce Schneier, IT visionary and author Gene Kim, and many others from organizations like eBay, Visa, CBS Interactive, and IBM.

I look forward to seeing you in DC and to understanding how we can help improve your business in the rapidly-changing and increasingly-complex online world.

Tom Leighton

Chief Executive Officer, Akamai

The Render Chain and You

Many of us have used tools like Web Page Test or Y!Slow to test our sites.  These tools give us a slew of suggestions, and often tell you which performance optimizations carry the most weight, which are higher priority.  But why?  Why do you want to make certain optimizations, why are some higher priority than others, and how does it all fit together?

Akamai will be hosting the next Web Performance Meetup in the Cambridge office and our speakers, Matt Ringel, Enterprise Architect, and Joseph Morrissey, Senior Enterprise Architect, will be discussing these topics.  They will take a closer look at how the browser renders images on the page (the "render chain"), how it relates to a standard waterfall chart, what are the top front-end Web optimization rules and tools to measure Web page speed and share real-world examples and experiences in assessing and optimizing Web content.

The meetup will be held at the Akamai office on Tuesday, August 13 at 6:30pm.  Click here to learn more about the event and our speakers and to register for the event.  We hope to see you there.

EdgeBanner.pngI'm pleased to invite you to our 6th Akamai Edge 2013 this October 7 - 11 in Washington, D.C. at the Gaylord National Harbor Resort and Conference Center. Join us and meet up with more than 1,000 of your industry peers and our best line-up yet of industry innovators, as we create the experiences that to drive a Faster Forward World

Our Biggest and Best Customer Conference Yet! 
More sessions, tracks and networking opportunities that have all been designed to provide a broader and more diverse perspective for conference attendees. 

What's New To Help Fuel Your Innovation! 
This Year we'll be offering a Developers' Track - dedicated to technical professionals seeking to develop new experiences leveraging our platform. We'll have sessions on how to bring applications to market more quickly and intimate developer labs giving you detailed insight on how to get the most out of new features in our platform. We're also pleased to introduce the Web Security Symposium, designed for security professionals. Security leaders and your peers will help you think about strategies for securing your organization's data, sites and applications against the ever-evolving threats of today's online environment. 

We're extremely excited about the agenda and the lineup of well-known industry luminaries and tech experts who will be presenting at Edge 2013. So much so that we're introducing new conference discounts to help make attending Edge as easy as possible for all Akamai customers. 

Three Ways to Save: 
  • New Customer Discount: If your company first purchased Akamai services after January 1, 2013, you're eligible to receive a $300 discount on the Full Conference pass. Enter code: 50NEW2013 
  • Edge Alumni Discount: If you've attended an Akamai conference before now you're eligible to receive US$300 off your conference seat. Enter code: ALUM2013 
  • Team Discount: Visit Akamai Edge 2012 With Your Team of 3 or more and save 50% per person. Enter code: GROUP2013 

From customer innovation stories, industry panels, technical labs, partner and government forums to Web security and developers' tracks, there's something for everyone at Edge 2013. Space is limited and by invitation only so we encourage you not to wait and REGISTER TODAY

Join us and be inspired. I look forward to seeing you there! 

Brad Rinklin 
Chief Marking Officer, Akamai

Observations from Cloud Connect

I've just returned from the Cloud Performance Summit at the 2012 Cloud Connect conference in Santa Clara. It was a jammed packed day with a room full of obsessive web performance junkies. In other words, exactly my type of crowd and I was fortunate to be invited to share my own perspectives. The inevitable migration of applications and data to the cloud introduces new web performance bottlenecks that are driving a maniacal focus to overcome latency issues and help businesses turn milliseconds into money. What was exciting this year was the overwhelming realization that IT networking is increasingly becoming software driven, fueled by cloud, with a de-emphasis of the underlying hardware.  Everybody understands that the virtual machines within public and private clouds are controlled and accessed through software.

What people are now increasingly understanding is optimizing cloud performance is simply an evolution of the software with a constantly-evolving set of techniques and the ability to execute the code wherever the cloud infrastructure might reside. The software techniques underlying DNS Services, Application Delivery Networks, WAN Optimization, WAN Virtualization, Application Delivery Controllers and Front End Optimization - to name a few - were discussed at-length by my counterparts and their suitability and ease of use for cloud built applications. The hardware is increasingly becoming a portable environment for the software, even within the IT networking space where the server hugger is destined to be an extinct species.

The migration to cloud and pervasive connectivity with mobile devices are clearly driving new requirements and rapid innovation toward performance optimization. It has never been a more exciting time to for those obsessed with web performance. The work we are doing to integrate Riverbed Steelhead software for SaaS acceleration over hybrid networks and the recent acquisition of Blaze to help optimize browser think time for mobile connected devices is further evidence of how software is redefining what the network can and should be.

Neil Cohen is the VP of Product Marketing for Akamai
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