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Near-global mandates to stay at home have completely reshaped the internet security landscape. Remote work is the new normal, inverting the traditional office model. Attackers are not relenting as they see opportunity to take advantage of a world with a singular focus.
It's sad to think criminals are hard at work taking advantage of the extraordinary stress the world's population is currently experiencing. But they are. New phishing scams exploiting anxiety about COVID-19 are trending upward. Akamai's Carrier Data Science and Threat Research teams analyzing real-time worldwide DNS resolution data have listed as many as 9,000 COVID-19 related phishing urls daily over the last few weeks.
The need for companies to quickly enable remote access to business-critical applications was highlighted in a recent Akamai blog -- Enabling Business Continuity in an Uncertain Global Environment.
Back in 2018 with the implementation of GDPR, global retailers with business in the EU faced great pressure to be compliant. This year, the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), another tough and impactful data privacy regulation from the U.S., will come into play. Global retailers need to understand its implications and be better prepared this time.
As a company that's been in the business of enabling the Internet for 22 years, Akamai is hearing from a lot of people lately who all want to know one thing: Can the Internet keep up with the sudden surge in demand? Will it scale? What happens to performance? And what about security when almost all employees work remotely?
First off, no -- the Internet is not going to break! That said, the news media is awash with stories and statistics about how the Internet is faring with the increase in traffic due to isolation protocols forcing daily functions online. Which functions? In my house, we have remote work, e-learning, online retail, online banking, streaming video, online gaming, video chat, social media, and Wi-Fi calling. I know I'm not
For decades, those of us who work on the infrastructure of the web have heard and talked a lot about "inflection points" -- points at which we have seen notable increases in Internet usage driven by commerce, entertainment, financial services, travel, etc. And now, without warning, the world changed. Every industry has been disrupted in a matter of weeks, and the world is likely never to be quite the same
In September 2019, NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) published the first draft of its Zero Trust Architecture (ZTA) for public feedback. A second draft was issued in February 2020 that incorporated industry feedback from the first cycle and solicited more comments. The document is extremely well written, and I would highly recommend all security and business continuity practitioners read it here.
The COVID-19 crisis has forced enterprises everywhere to find new ways of maintaining valued relationships with customers and partners. At Akamai, we are here to support you at every step during these uncertain times. With this in mind, we are hosting Edge Live, a virtual summit for industry leaders, technologists, developers, business executives, and thought leaders.