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Rich Bolstridge

Rich Bolstridge

November 19, 2012 1:13 PM

What a DDoS attack may be trying to hide

Earlier this month,  Akamai held its second annual Financial Services Security Roundtable in London. The session was hosted by one of our global banking customers, and attended by numerous banks from London and Ireland. The meeting was held under Chatham House Rule, a well-known format in the UK, but not as well known in the U.S. and other regions.  Under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the

Rich Bolstridge

Rich Bolstridge

September 7, 2012 8:49 AM

Akamai Security Takes Center Stage at Finovate

We have all heard about banking web sites being attacked and taken down by hackers, and a few of us (myself included) have seen our banking sites temporarily wiped off the Internet by attacks.  But have you ever seen an actual DDoS attack launched against a bank's web site?  Well here is your chance. Next week, Akamai will be demoing its Kona Site Defender web security solutions at the Finovate

Rich Bolstridge

Rich Bolstridge

August 22, 2012 10:27 AM

Let's Give Users What They Want - Instant-on Applica ...

I have spent a lot of time investigating and writing about User Experience, especially in the world of mobile banking.  The conclusion is simple: users now expect instant performance, both on their desktop, and on their mobile device.  So why not give users what they want?  Let's give them instant-on mobile banking applications.  When I say "mobile banking applications", I mean any native Smartphone application used in the world of

Rich Bolstridge

Rich Bolstridge

June 28, 2012 3:57 PM

Making Up for Lost Ground in Mobile Banking

Nearly every day, the financial technology press publishes new, eye-popping statistics on the trends in mobile banking and finance. Here are some of the more telling stats that I have seen recently:By 2015, Forrester predicts that one in five US adults will be using mobile banking.Mobile customers are the new "sweet spot" segment for the banks.  They are younger, they are more affluent, and buy more financial products.Source: Forrester Research

Rich Bolstridge

Rich Bolstridge

May 7, 2012 1:53 PM

The Performance Arms Race Continues in Financial Ser ...

In my last blog entry I examined the ROI of performance for financial web sites, concluding that: "An even immeasurable increase in trade volume as a result of Akamai performance and reliability improvements can result in a significant increase in commission revenue."In this final section of blog series I will continue the ROI analysis and look at the impact of performance on the net income of a brokerage firm. Net Income:Continuing

Rich Bolstridge

Rich Bolstridge

April 30, 2012 10:09 AM

The Performance Arms Race Continues in Financial Ser ...

In the first part of this blog I examined the relationship of performance, user experience, and the competitive marketplace in financial services.  In this second part I will look at the ROI.  For Financial Services Institutions (FSIs), what is the payback for improving the performance of their web sites and mobile sites and apps?Part Two: The ROI of PerformanceThere are many reasons why ROI is difficult to calculate.  I have

Rich Bolstridge

Rich Bolstridge

March 12, 2012 6:09 PM

The Performance Arms Race Continues in Financial Ser ...

Since joining Akamai just over 2 years ago I have had the privilege to meet with Financial Services Institutions (FSIs) around the world and hear firsthand about their opportunities and challenges.  It never ceases to amaze me how performance continues to play such a critical role in this industry, and how passionate and competitive people are about this.  This passion exists firm-wide in many cases, and at the individual level. 

Rich Bolstridge

Rich Bolstridge

January 24, 2012 3:38 PM

New Security Threats in Online Banking Demand Innova ...

As we begin a new year, it is worthwhile to look back at some of the events of 2011 - and project where some of the biggest challenges will lie ahead for us in 2012. Security threats to the online world of financial services were perhaps the number one threat in 2011, and the risks will continue to build in 2012.Akamai commissioned research by IDC Financial Insights to further understand

Rich Bolstridge

Rich Bolstridge

December 20, 2011 6:29 PM

Innovation in the Face of 380,000 Layoffs

We have all seen the headlines of big layoff announcements in the finance industry.  It seems the headlines are never ending.  Tens of thousands of workers have been cut in 2011, and news articles are now appearing on what to expect in 2012.The above chart shows the layoffs for just a few firms.  The total cuts across the industry are astounding.  Banking analyst Dick Bove of Rochdale Securities puts the