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In March of 2020, Akamai saw a dramatic 30% rise in internet traffic --- equivalent to an entire year of growth (1). Post-pandemic, Akamai believes there will be a return to normal internet traffic growth, but many things will never be the same. In general, we particularly expect to see greater reliance on the internet for transactions in retail, media, health care, finance, and travel and hospitality.
This week, Akamai was again recognized as a Leader in the latest The Forrester Wave™: DDoS Mitigation Solutions, Q1 2021. Akamai has also been recognized by Forrester as a Leader in its most recent The Forrester Wave™: Zero Trust eXtended Ecosystem Platform Providers, Q3 2020, The Forrester New Wave™: Bot Management, Q1 2020, and The Forrester Wave™: Web Application Firewalls, Q1 2020.
Account takeovers (ATOs), in which criminals impersonate legitimate account owners in order to take control of an account, cause tremendous pain for businesses in all industries. This pain may be monetary, such as losses from stolen accounts, but may also include a number of related problems, like regulatory and legal issues, lost customers, and the inability to gain new consumers due to a lack of trust. Losses from ATOs and
Global efforts to produce and distribute the COVID-19 vaccine continue to race ahead. But in many cases, that race is an uphill climb. Beyond the challenges in making enough of the vaccine, educating the public, and the logistics of distributing the doses, there is a new challenge. Bots.
Overview Phishing continues to be a major attack vector, and it's surprising just how many security incidents and breaches start with an employee clicking on a link in a carefully crafted phishing email (and sometimes doing the same with a not-so-well crafted phishing email -- see this example).
Isn't it amazing how seemingly simple decisions can have far-reaching effects? When the Inverse team in Montreal took over PacketFence in 2008, it was an open source (OS) solution. They recognized the inherent value in keeping it as such. In so doing, they didn't just launch a product--they created a global community. By making a trusted network access control (NAC) solution freely available, they planted the seeds of an ever-growing
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues are quickly emerging as a key concern for investors. To use a musical analogy, the bow is just resting on the first string, with more notes sure to follow. At Akamai, our ESG instrument is well tuned and ready for the symphony to come, as evidenced by our 2020 Sustainability Report released this week.
By now, we hope you've read Monday's and Tuesday's blog posts announcing the release of our annual sustainability report, our sustainability program, and the technical innovation behind it.
Never before has the risk of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack been higher. In 2020, we saw record-breaking attacks, a DDoS extortion campaign impacting thousands of organizations globally, more emergency customer turnups, and more Akamai customers attacked than any year on record -- and we've been successfully fighting DDoS attacks since 2003! We also saw a big increase in attacks targeting verticals that haven't seen as much activity of late,