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Akamai CEO and co-founder Tom Leighton discusses the company's cybersecurity and data protection business. He speaks with Caroline Hyde from the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art on Bloomberg Technology. (Source: Bloomberg)
Attention world: In 2018, we officially surpassed 4 billion internet users - and there are no signs of adoption rate slowing down. Yet the Internet as we know it has only been around since the 1990s. Along with it, different iterations of virtual private networks (VPNs) have been created and utilized. Why have end users used this technology to connect remotely to private networks on a gigantic scale? Simply, they are seen to be efficient and can enhance productivity in a variety of ways, but (and there is always a "but"), the assumption is they are completely secure. Unfortunately, both unscrupulous individuals and organized crime groups have proven VPNs aren't the panacea that organizations think they are.
Akamai's global platform is comprised of 240,000 servers in 3,750 locations within 134 countries. Additionally, our platform interacts with 1.3 billion client devices every day and we ingest 2.5 exabytes of data a year. So why are these stats important?
It may seem strange to apply concepts from Chinese philosophy to an IT security model, but representing complex ideas in simple terms can be a powerful tool for understanding and communicating. By viewing zero trust through the lens of Yin and Yang, we see that to be complete, the scope of the model must include how users and devices access all resources. This includes not just our own applications and data, but also resources we don't control... on the Internet.
2018 is a pivotal year for the integrity of our electoral process. The threat to the digital infrastructure of our elections is proliferating to a level that has not been seen before. Officials are working tirelessly to protect your vote by proactively identifying vulnerabilities and targeting threats that may compromise our process. Cloud Security provider Akamai has been actively working to provide various State, Local and Federal level threat reporting. As a follow-up from our previous State-level election threat report, Akamai is offering interested electoral bodies the ability to preemptively safeguard their infrastructure during this year's elections at no cost to them.*
It's springtime, and the only people with the holidays on their minds are in the retail business. This holiday season was a record-breaking one, with combined revenue for Black Friday and Cyber Monday alone exceeding $11.5 billion. To build on that momentum, smart retailers will take a closer look at the key drivers for growth in 2017 to adopt retail strategies that position their companies for success in 2018.
The second Sunday in May is a special day for everyone because it's Mother's Day. It's also a special day for retailers, as it represents another peak period and serves as the halfway point between the prior year's Black Friday (and Cyber Monday) and the upcoming year's retail holidays. The retail spending during Mother's Day provides a pulse on how the spending will be during the major holidays at the end of the year. This year, it's predicted that retail spending during Mother's Day will exceed $23 billion. That's a big deal, because Mother's Day spending has, during the last 15 years, exceeded the $23 billion mark on just two occasions, and it sets the stage for bigger holidays later in the year.
Using our mPulse technology to capture real user data and correlate web and mobile performance to user behavior, we analyzed the data for Mother's Day and would like to share some key trends with you:
The dramatic growth of mobile devices, the widespread availability of always-on fast wireless networks, and the rapid adoption of cloud applications have transformed the viability of remote working. Employers are increasingly adopting flex schedules, implementing work from home options, and otherwise enabling their employees to work "off the grid". Here at Akamai, my coworkers can be found all over the globe - setting up shop in places like hotels, coffee shops, airports and their own homes. We are not alone in this practice.
Akamai's John Summers, VP & CTO, spoke at the recent Evanta Global CIO Executive Summit, a gathering of 75 major organization CIOs. His session was titled, "Cloud Security - Adopt Zero Trust and Put Asset-Level Safeguards in Place." Here are some of the key questions he addressed.