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Your customers are unique and they all expect fast, secure, personalized digital experiences. They are spread across the world, in regions of varying network connectivity, utilize a plethora of devices and screen sizes - making it challenging to deliver your experiences.

By delivering 95 Exabytes of data over billions of devices every year, Akamai provides the world's largest and most trusted cloud delivery platform that empowers you to provide fast, secure, scalable and reliable experiences. It is the only platform that seamlessly integrates web and mobile performance, cloud security, enterprise access and video delivery solutions helping you deliver consistent superior experiences no matter where the customers are and what device they are using.

Written by Lisa Adams

The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion program at Akamai Technologies is off to a great start! During Week 1 we welcomed the class of 20 girls and the teaching team of three instructors from Girls Who Code. The girls began learning how to program in the Scratch language, and already gave impressive demonstrations using their new skills! We also conducted the Meet and Greet event, which was well attended by the girls, the teaching team, the girls' parents and supporters, and the Akamai organizing team and mentor groups. The event featured a talk by Dr. Tom Leighton, Akamai's co-founder and CEO, where Dr. Leighton shared his excitement about Akamai's hosting the Girls Who Code for a third consecutive year. Dr. Leighton told the audience: "You are going to make a difference, even if you don't know it yet. You will define the future."

Written by Or Katz and Raviv Perets

A widespread phishing scam that offers free airline tickets has been spotted in the wild by Akamai's Enterprise Threat Protector (ETP) security research team. The campaign uses a number of social engineering techniques to trick people into providing their private information. When someone clicks on the link in the phishing email, they are taken to a dedicated website that tells them they have "won" two free airline tickets.

Petya Runs Wild

As has been widely reported, a new ransomware known as 'petya' (also being referred to as `notpetya` or `petwrap` in the research community) started circulating on the internet earlier this week. It appears the attacks started in Eastern Europe and caused widespread damage around the globe.

AnswerX - Akamai's 'Secret' DNS Platform

As I work with Operators all over the world, I'm amazed at two worrying. First, Operators are still treating DNS as an afterthought. Everyone knows that if DNS is down, the network is down. Too many people are taking DNS's resiliency for granted. DNS "just works" is assumed to be norm until it does not work. Operators (Carriers, ISPs, Cloud Operators, Mobile Operators, etc) really need to put the robustness of their DNS architectures (in plural) into focus. Simple attacks against DNS are one of the easiest forms of Denial of Service (DOS) attacks.

Why You Should Care About DNS Latency

The term latency is used a lot in networking and most commonly refers to how long it takes a packet to reach a destination and come back again. The most common tools for measuring network latency are ping and traceroute, but there are more. When I speak to operators around Asia Pacific about DNS though, it's interesting to hear that latency is not often used when benchmarking or measuring their DNS service quality.

Dealing with Petya

Akamai is aware of and is tracking the malware threat known as "Petya". Petya is ransomware spread using several methods, including PSexec, Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line (WMIC), and the EternalBlue exploit used by the WannaCry family of ransomware. The malware spreads via port 139 and 445; it probes IP addresses on the local subnet for vulnerable systems.

Today, we are proud to introduce Akamai Enterprise Threat Protector (ETP). ETP is designed to provide customers quick-to-deploy and easy-to-manage cloud-based protection against the impact of complex, targeted threats such malware, ransomware, phishing, and DNS‑based data exfiltration.

One organization already seeing the benefit of using Enterprise Threat Protector is innovator in cruise travel, Norwegian Cruise Line. According to Fidel Perez, the company's Director of Enterprise Architecture and Performance, "An important element of our commitment to our guests is doing everything in our power to safeguard their personal information. Our use of Enterprise Threat Protector adds a powerful layer of intelligent security, across all our shoreside office locations and cruise ships, to ensure we're doing all we can to protect the company, our employees and our guests from complex, targeted attacks."

The Importance of DNS in Security - Part 2

In my last blog post, part 1 of this series, I discussed the important role DNS plays in protecting service provider networks from DNS amplification attacks, and the necessity of not only blocking malicious queries but also of not blocking good queries. In this post, I'll look at Pseudo-Random Subdomain (PRSD) attacks and other malware (like phishing and ransomware), showing why DNS is perfectly suited to protect both networks and subscribers.

Enterprise Security: EAA Exceeds Compliance Standards

I sat down again with John Payne, Akamai's Chief Architect of Infrastructure and Security, as well as Keith Hillis, Director IT Risk & Security. We spoke about enterprise security compliance, and how Enterprise Application Access (EAA) exceeds Akamai's requirements and simplifies the process for auditors.