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A new Akamai PLXsert whitepaper was released this morning: "Web Vulnerabilities: The foundation of the most sophisticated DDoS campaigns." The paper can be downloaded here. Security practitioners know this much from long experience: Attackers who successfully build botnets and launch DDoS campaigns start by exploiting web vulnerabilities. It is the low-hanging fruit. In the white paper, PLXsert explores specific examples of the exploitation of popular web content management systems and web management
It's fitting that the Akamai Edge customer conference is in October. It's the same month as National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and we'll have a robust security track at Edge.
How fast could your IT team stop a DDoS attack? IDG Research found that it takes an average of 10 hours before a company can even begin to resolve an attack. On average, an attack isn't detected until 4.5 hours after its commencement and typically an additional 4.9 hours passes before mitigation can commence. With outage costs averaging $100,000 per hour, it means that a DDoS attack can cost an
Last year I launched the Akamai Security Podcast. Episode 1 was an interview with Akamai CEO Tom Leighton, who discussed the legacy of Co-Founder Danny Lewin, Akamai's role on 9-11-01, and his vision of Akamai as a major player in the security industry. This week being the anniversary of 9-11, it seems appropriate to re-share. Listen HERE.Related content: 9-11 Anniversary: Danny Lewin's Life and Legacy Internet Security Central To Danny Lewin's
Yesterday's advisory about attackers exploiting Linux vulnerabilities for DDoS assaults got a lot of attention. After hearing the feedback, we decided a follow-up post was necessary to help admins mount a better defense.I spoke with David Fernandez, head of our Prolexic Security Engineering Research Team (PLXsert), and he offered additional details on the countermeasures. First, for the basic details of the threat, check out yesterday's post. Now for the next steps...
Linux users have a new threat to worry about.According to Akamai's Prolexic Security Engineering Research Team (PLXsert), the bad guys have discovered a weakness in Linux systems they can exploit to expand their botnets and launch DDoS attacks. PLXsert released an advisory outlining the danger this morning.The full advisory is available HERE.Also read Akamai Security Advocate Dave Lewis' CSOonline blog post about the threat.
Let's make one thing absolutely clear at the outset: the time to think about the best options for cyber-threat mitigation is NOT when your network is being attacked. In the best-case scenario you will already have a mitigation strategy in place for defending against both network-layer and application-layer attacks. The most important thing to know when you are building a multi-layered approach to securing web applications is that security solutions
Shortly after DEF CON last month, friend and journalist Steve Ragan made an observation in his Salted Hash blog: People standing in the many long lines at the event were forgetting a basic social engineering risk.
Interviewing Akamai InfoSec's summer interns recently, I was reminded of a six-step guide I wrote a few years ago for CSOonline on how young people can get their break in the industry. I think the suggestions are as valid today as they were then.Also see:Meet Akamai InfoSec's 4th InternJamie Arlen on learning the play the role of InfoSec pro