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Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

March 20, 2014 7:34 PM

Patrick J. McGovern Left a Huge Legacy in Tech Media

International Data Group (IDG) announced yesterday that its Founder and Chairman, Patrick J. McGovern, died March 19 at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California. Having worked at IDG for five years before coming to Akamai, the news made me profoundly sad. But this post is a celebration of a life well lived and the huge legacy he left in the world of tech media and beyond.

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

March 20, 2014 6:26 AM

Full Disclosure Shutdown: A Journalist's Perspective

There's a lot of valuable perspective out there regarding the shutdown of Full Disclosure, a mailing list where researchers posted details of exploits and software security holes. I'll share that perspective below. But first, here are my thoughts as an ex-journalist who often relied on it for news.

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

March 19, 2014 4:58 AM

If Security Pros Could Be Granted One Wish...

The great videos David Spark produced during RSA Conference 2014 keep rolling in. In this latest episode, security professionals are asked what they would want if they could be granted one wish. The answers are amusing and, in most cases, unattainable. Visit the site of our partner Tripwire for a related article.

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

March 17, 2014 5:01 AM

Why Security Pros Should Embrace DevOps

One of the big topics at last month's RSA Conference was DevOps, the process by which developers and IT operations work together to speed up development and production at unprecedented levels, pushing sometimes thousands of updates to production in a single day. Gene Kim (@RealGeneKim), author of "The Phoenix Project" and a huge proponent of DevOps production environments, and Josh Corman (@JoshCorman), CTO of Sonatype, explain the benefits in this Tripwire

Hans Cathcart

Hans Cathcart

March 14, 2014 12:00 PM

A DDoS Checklist?

Following last week's cyber-attacks on Meetup's infrastructure, Antone Gonsalves, a reporter from CSO Online, asked me, for an article he was writing, what steps I would recommend CISOs to take "if they came under a similar attack". I hesitated before giving a softball answer, "don't wait for the attack, prepare for it." I could sense the reporter's frustration immediately. He wanted to give his readers step-by-step instructions, to what I

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

March 13, 2014 6:33 AM

Wordpress DDoS: New Attack, Old Problems

Our researchers spent much of yesterday tracking a massive DDoS exploiting weaknesses in the Wordpress blogging platform. Most of the news reports are consistent with what we saw, so let's take a look at some of the more comprehensive pieces, starting with a CSOonline blog post from Akamai Security Advocate Dave Lewis. The overall message: This latest attack is just another example of an old and unaddressed problem.

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

March 12, 2014 5:24 AM

Akamai Participating in Cyber-Defense Competition

Akamai InfoSec personnel will be on hand this weekend to help run the seventh Annual Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, in which students are divided into teams to carry out simulated cyber-defense scenarios.

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

March 11, 2014 5:22 AM

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.

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

March 10, 2014 3:34 AM

Meta Cognition & Critical Thinking in Open Source In ...

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)."