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Application Servers are implemented as a means of providing services and making resources available to users. However, any server connected to the Internet is inevitably targeted by malicious users using open listening ports. There are millions of these ports on the Internet, which means there is plenty of opportunity to exploit these open services.
Data breaches have become incessant. Recently, a very popular airline sevices company revealed a suspected breach involving customer credit card information. Even more recently, a hospital in Indiana reported that a virus had infected some of its systems that caused the hospital to be placed on diversion. A disaster recovery software company also admitted that a breach of its marketing databases occurred. If that isn't enough, an online electronics retailer
Many companies have their own applications, internal domains, and local area network (LAN). But when it comes to business applications, organizations are increasingly dependent on cloud-based resources. These may include email servers, customer relationship management (CRM) software, or other applications. However, when access to internal machines by external users is necessary, the most common solutions are centered on virtual private networks (VPNs).
When I first ventured into technology, I wish someone gave me a heads-up about the bevy of acronyms to remember. It feels like every day a new acronym related to technology is formed. It's hard enough remembering names within my family. During Thanksgiving with a full house, I struggle to remember even my own name! When I first heard of SDN - software defined networking, I was still working for
We have been talking about how it's time to re-evaluate giving full access to the corporate network for some time. In fact, Akamai's Sr. Director of Enterprise Security & Infrastructure Engineering talks about one of his core goals--No VPN--here. Over the last few days, I am sure many teams who are taking the No VPN route are even more thankful. The recent news about yet another patching fire drill--this time
WordPress started as just a blogging system, but has evolved to be used as a full content management system, and so much more through the thousands of plugins, widgets, and themes. One of the main challenges I have seen with customers is to provide secure access to /wp-admin or /wp-login.php to content authors so that they can make the desired content changes. It seems straight forward, but the real challenge
Over the last few months, I've been talking to many development and test teams who deliver their sites and applications through the Akamai Intelligent Platform. One common challenge they face is how to test their Akamai delivery configurations on the Internet against their private development and QA environments behind the firewall. Most operate on a DevOps model with the goal of performing end-to-end testing throughout the software development lifecycle in
This Guest blog was written by Robert Mahowald, a Group Vice President at IDC who leads IDC's Worldwide Applications research practice, in addition to co-leading IDC's Cloud Services: Global Overview program. A surprising set of facts emerged from the most recent quarterly installment of IDC's CloudView 2017 survey (February 2017, n= 6,212 tech buyer respondents in 31 countries): Year-over-year, the percent of organizations sourcing their tech capability from cloud providers
This Guest blog was written by Martha Gomez Vazquez, a Senior Research Analyst for IDC's Infrastructure Services research practice focusing on Security Services and Hardware & Software Support and Deployment. The widespread success of security breaches over the past few years has proven beyond a doubt that the security threat landscape continues to evolve on a daily basis, forcing organizations to constantly rethink their security posture. At the same time,