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In my previous blog, I discussed the important role multi-factor authentication (MFA) plays in further securing access to enterprise and consumer services. We also established the fact that although MFA increases authentication security and decreases the risk of account takeover, MFA can, and is, being bypassed in the wild.
Today, Akamai announced Akamai MFA, a phish-proof multi-factor authentication (MFA) service for the workforce that delivers all of the security benefits of FIDO2 with the frictionless end-user experience of a mobile push on a smartphone. Why has Akamai introduced this new service?
The use of authentication factors, one of the most fundamental and well understood concepts in information security, enables secure access to applications, services, and networks. It can affect an enterprise's security posture, however, as the drastic increase in data breaches and system attacks are largely based on compromised authentication.
Co-authored by Ryan Barnett. AppSec Protections for Microsoft Exchange CVE-2021-26855, CVE-2021-26857, CVE-2021-26858, CVE-2021-27065 On March 2, 2021, the Microsoft Security Response Center alerted its customers to several critical security updates to Microsoft Exchange Server, addressing vulnerabilities currently under attack.
It's been an interesting start to March in terms of public security incidents.
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.