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Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

December 2, 2013 7:14 AM

Akamai to Acquire Prolexic

Akamai announced this morning that it will acquire cloud security company Prolexic for about $370 million. The move extends Akamai's reach into the world of DDoS protection. In a press release, Akamai CEO Tom Leighton said: "Any company doing business on the Internet faces an evolving threat landscape of attacks aimed at disrupting operations, defacing the brand, or attempting to steal sensitive data and information. By joining forces with Prolexic,

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

November 27, 2013 6:15 AM

Four Things to Ask Before Seeking FedRAMP Certificat ...

Part 3 in a series. A few months ago I told you about how Akamai achieved FedRAMP certification and how, in our opinion, it was a very big deal. To understand what FedRAMP is and what certification means for Akamai's security program, see the post, "Akamai FedRAMP Compliance is Huge for Security."After you read that, understand this: The path to certification is hard. All compliance efforts are difficult, of course. But

Dave Lewis

Dave Lewis

November 25, 2013 11:28 AM

Oh The Hackers Online Are Frightful

Thanksgiving holiday planning is well underway in the US as is the holiday season that follows. It is gearing up to be a bumper sales cycle this year. This year will not be any different than previous ones in that in addition to great deals there will be bad actors attempting to play the role of good ole St. Nick with nothing but a bag of malicious code for

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

November 25, 2013 9:32 AM

The DNS Security Collection

Welcome to the next step in our effort to make security content more easily available by topic. Today's collection of posts focuses on DNS-related threats and defensive measures. DNS reflection defenseRecently, DDoS attacks have spiked up well past 100 Gbps several times. A common move used by adversaries is the DNS reflection attack, a category of Distributed, Reflected Denial of Service (DRDos) attack. To understand how to defend against it,

Akamai

Akamai

November 22, 2013 11:07 AM

So You Want to Secure Something

I've often heard the following question (or variants thereof): How do I secure [this thing]? Such a question rarely lends itself to a quick answer -- in almost all cases it prompts further questions: secure what, against what, in what cases, from whom? What options are you considering, and how will they help? Akamai InfoSec uses the Principals-Goals-Powers-Controls rubric to ask and answer these questions, and in so doing, help

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

November 21, 2013 7:07 AM

Making Compliance Docs Public

Part 2 in a series.In my post about compliance and customer service, I briefly touched on one of the goals of Akamai InfoSec -- making as much of our compliance documentation public as possible. I want to spend a little more time talking about that, as it's something I'm increasingly involved with.Also, customer feedback is going to be crucial in determining which documents to tackle first.As I mentioned in the

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

November 20, 2013 8:52 AM

Privacy Was in Danger Before 9-11

This week I participated in an online panel put on by the Information Security Buzz website. I got the following question: What 2 things are most likely to change the security industry in the next 2 years? And why? The question immediately made me think of the state of privacy. My full answer is here. As to the privacy issue, I answered: After 9-11, privacy got shafted in the rush

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

November 19, 2013 7:09 AM

Security Presentations from Akamai Edge 2013

More than a month has passed since Akamai Edge 2013. Security was a major theme this year, and in this post I want to direct you toward the presentations now available on the Akamai Edge page. For the video presentations, click here. Below are some of the slide decks from those presentations. "Big Data Intelligence," by Or Katz, Principal Security Researcher, and Tsvika Klein, Security Product Manager"Closing the Loop on

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

November 18, 2013 3:24 AM

How Akamai InfoSec Answers Customer Compliance Quest ...

Part 1 in a series. For more information, see "Everything You Want To Know About Akamai Security & Compliance."The process to address customer security and compliance questions used to be somewhat chaotic. Questions would float around in random emails and elsewhere, and which ones got answered was a luck of the draw. We found this unacceptable, and did something about it.In an interview last week, Akamai InfoSec Program Manager Meg