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The Year of Attacking "Things"

Yearly Review

2016 was an exciting year; a year in which hazards related to the Intent of Things (IoT) became trendy small talk in many living rooms around the world. For us, the members of the InfoSec community, it was the year when the security risks of IoT devices evolved from being theoretical to becoming a practical problem to us all. It was the year in which we all realized that the lack of security surrounding IoT is not just a liability on the consumer owning the device, it is a problem for the entire Internet.

Protecting against Mirai with DNS Security

One of the biggest cyberthreats making the rounds on the internet is the Mirai botnet. Mirai targets connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices, using each infected device to launch DDoS attacks and cause website outages around the globe by flooding them with queries. Examples of recent Mirai-generated web outages are the Dyn attack which took down or significantly slowed sites like Airbnb, Twitter, the New York Times, CNN, Fox News, Netflix and many other popular domains in late October of this year, as well as the attack that temporarily took down security expert Brian Krebs' KrebsOnSecurity website in September.

Internet TV Makes Stranger Bedfellows

Ever thought you'd be able to order Xfinity TV service from Amazon; or watch Netflix through your cable set-top box? If politics makes strange bedfellows then programming for Internet TV is like:

... last call at a college bar.

... a '70s key party.

... an episode of 90 Day Fiance.

Let's just say that some unexpected relationships have been forged thanks to the disruptive forces of online video. It's changing the way that we as an industry look at TV and certainly what consumers expect from the many available services.

Akamai's CTO for Media, John Bishop, will help to make sense of it all as part of the CES session, "Internet TV, The Disruption: Programming Everywhere." Taking place on Thursday, January 5th, as part of the CES Digital Hollywood Conference track, John will join panelists from Deloitte & Touche, DISH, Strategy Analytics, Vubiquity and 87AM to explore the options ranging from a la carte viewing to premium bundles.

If you're attending CES and want to learn how we can help support your OTT service and strategy, feel free to arrange a meeting with us. We'll have demos and subject matter experts available to discuss your business and technology needs, and how Akamai's global content delivery capabilities can help.

Chris Nicholson is a senior public relations manager at Akamai.

*Batteries not included

If you grew up in the 1970's and 80's, this simple statement could ruin your holiday - if Mom & Dad hadn't had the foresight to stock up on AA, AAA, C, D, and 9-volt batteries before you opened your presents, you had to put your handheld video games, animatronic animals, and talking dolls aside for a few days.  In contrast, today's gadgets tend to come with a USB charging cable, so needing to have batteries on hand is no longer a real issue.  (And if you find yourself in a *Cables not included situation, you probably have one or more stashed away somewhere in your office or house that you can use.)

Over the last 10 years, connected devices have grown in popularity and availability.  While keeping them charged remains an issue, keeping them connected has arguably become a bigger one.  These devices now rely on Internet connectivity for activation, for core functionality, and for content - without it, they essentially become expensive paperweights. (You *do* still have some paper around, right?)

In the first of this two-part blog, I reported the impact that the Dyn DDoS attack had on the financial services industry.  Banks, insurers, credit cards, and others had two waves of impacts on Oct. 21, with many websites clocking in with 60 second page response times, and others with outright failures, not able to service their customers.

In Part 2, we'll dig into some details to better understand the technology risks of financial services websites, and extract some lessons learned for the industry.

Nominum, now part of Akamai, inaugural security report published by its Data Science team, Data Revelations: Fall 2016, includes an analysis of some of the largest threats that are impacting organizations and individuals, including ransomware, DDoS, mobile malware, IoT-based attacks and more. Since DNS is the launch point for over 90% of cyberattacks, it offers a great vantage point from which to examine, understand, thwart and proactively prevent threats1. With industry-leading research experience, and by applying machine learning, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, neural networks and more, Nominum Data Science is able to locate, analyze, prevent and predict some of the most sophisticated and dangerous cyberthreats ever to hit the internet.

The increasingly digital consumer lifestyle, fueled by explosive growth in the use of the internet, mobile technologies and social media, has given rise to the empowered customer. With access to more information, choices, and opportunities, consumers across all industries are in a position to demand not only what they want, but also where and how they want it.

Do you want to build a server empire?

Have you ever visited a soybean farm in North Carolina? I haven't, despite the fact that it's one of the top 5 crops for the state. I have, though, visited one of the lesser known profit driving farms in NC, the server farm. To be more accurate, I visited the front end showroom for a major server manufacturer and service provider. It was a fully functioning cold server room, with a raised floor, and giant cables criss-crossing the ceiling. It reminded me of the scene in the Matrix when Morpheus leads Neo into the giant weapons cache.

Automating your Image Workflow with Akamai Image Manager

Images are used to inspire, evoke emotion, and provide ways of communicating that simply cannot be done with words. It's no wonder that web pages with images get 94 percent more views than those without.

Images have become integral to how we experience the web, and the importance of delivering the right image at the right time to your users couldn't be more important. First impressions matter, and your users will see and experience images on a web page 60,000 times faster than text.

At SOASTA, we collect a massive amount of real user data for many top retailers. This past long weekend, not surprisingly, saw an enormous surge in the amount of user experiences our customers monitored and measured. On Black Friday alone, we collected almost 2 billion beacons' worth of real user data.* By the end of Cyber Monday, we estimate that we will have collected between 5-7 billions beacons of data.