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Is Microsoft Wrong to Retire Windows XP?

There's an interesting article in Computerworld today about the dangers surrounding Microsoft's plan to finally pull the plug on Windows XP. The argument goes something like this: Many people still use XP, and depriving them of future security patches could lead to devastating malware infections and, by extension, myriad forms of mayhem.

Akamai InfoSec Program Manager Benjamin Brown will give a talk at two upcoming events called "Meta Cognition and Critical Thinking in Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)."

Patch Tuesday Preview for March 2014

Patch Tuesday is an important calendar item for Akamai customers, given how dominant Windows machines are in many companies. What follows is a preview of Microsoft's March 2014 Security Update. 

More Great RSAC Videos

My friend David Spark, founder of Spark Media Solutions, does some outstanding videos each year during RSA. They are educational, humorous and brilliantly edited. His work appears on the site of one of our partners, security vendor Tripwire. Per an agreement, I'm sharing them here as well. Enjoy!


I've been thinking a lot about the culture of security since RSA Conference 2014, and find myself returning to a topic that got me in trouble three years ago.

No longer is IPv6 "just around the corner". It's here. In the half-year following when I last wrote about our measurements of IPv6 adoption, many of the metrics we were tracking have doubled. This is in large part due to increased adoption of IPv6 by residential broadband networks in the U.S.A. and Germany. As of December 2013, we were serving over 20 billion IPv6 requests per day, double the 10 billion per day delivered just six months prior.

RSAC and BSidesSF: Week in Review

Another RSA Conference and BSidesSF is in the books. Here's a look back at our coverage for the week.

RSAC: Video Updates Worth Watching

Each year at RSA Conference 2014, I team up with David Spark, founder of Spark Media Solutions. Specifically, he creates a bunch of clever, high-quality videos from the showroom floor and then I share them. So far, he has sent me four videos done for Ziff-Davis. Do yourself a favor and check them out.



RSAC Q&A: Fighting Off DDoS Attacks

For RSA Conference 2014, we partnered with IBM to create content that's beneficial to customers of both our companies. As part of the effort, I was interviewed by Mary Karnes, a product manager with IBM Security Services. The ultimate question: how best to respond to DDoS attacks.

Karnes primarily focuses on services that help defend against web attacks (including distributed denial of service) and targeted attacks. Information security has been her focus for more than 13 years, as the leader of a penetration testing team, manager of a security intelligence team, and as a security transformation executive. She holds two patents and a masters degree in telecommunications.

  • Read her interview with me HERE.

Day three of RSA Conference 2014 has begun at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Yesterday was an eventful day, so let's have a look at some of the high -- and low -- points in the news: