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October 15, 2013 7:51 AM

Podcast: The Flip Side of Bots and Crawlers

A few months ago, Akamai Senior Enterprise Architect David Senecal wrote a post about ways to identify and mitigate unwanted bot traffic. Last week, I went into more detail on the subject with Matt Ringel (@ringel on Twitter), an enterprise architect in Akamai's Professional Services team. (Check out Matt's recent post, "You Must Try, and Then You Must Ask."). That resulted in the post "Bots, Crawlers Not Created Equally."In addition to that post, we have a full

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

October 11, 2013 8:25 AM

Schneier and Corman: A Conversation in Tweets

What does one do when he has to get on a plane right before one of the more anticipated keynotes at Akamai Edge? In my case, follow the tweets and retweet what I found most interesting.Below are tweets from those attending the keynote discussion between security luminary Bruce Schneier and Akamai InfoSec's Josh Corman. I followed from the taxi, through the TSA line and from the gate, and it was worth

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

October 11, 2013 4:02 AM

Dissecting Operation Ababil at Akamai Edge

Operation Ababil has been a thorn in the side of financial institutions this past year, costing victims both business and sleep. At Akamai Edge, we've been talking a lot about the attacks -- particularly the lessons we've learned and the fresh security measures companies have put in place. Thursday, Akamai CSO Andy Ellis led a panel discussion on the lessons learned, and earlier in the day John Summers -- VP

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

October 9, 2013 2:41 PM

George Delivers Security Message at Akamai Edge

At Akamai Edge I've been hanging out a lot with Dan Abraham, my InfoSec department colleague. I have yet to see him without George, the stuffed penguin who serves as our mascot and symbol of security awesomeness.Also see: "Security Front and Center at Akamai Edge 2013"We've shown George a good time, taking him on a stroll around Washington DC Sunday. (He visited the Spy Museum and was not amused to

Akamai

Akamai

October 9, 2013 5:04 AM

Manipulating PHP Superglobal Variables

Here at the Akamai Edge conference in Washington D.C., we're talking to customers about the latest attack techniques and how we're staying ahead of the threats. One example of what we're watching: a method where attackers are able to use vulnerabilities in PHP applications to exploit superglobals -- pre-defined variables in PHP -- to launch malicious code. Also see: "Security Front and Center at Akamai Edge 2013" Attack details: PHP

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

October 8, 2013 5:54 AM

Bots, Crawlers Not Created Equally

A few months ago, Akamai Senior Enterprise Architect David Senecal wrote a post about ways to identify and mitigate unwanted bot traffic. Here at the Akamai Edge conference in Washington D.C., discussions around that continue -- specifically, how to squeeze the maximum usefulness out of bots and other Web crawlers.Also see: "Security Front and Center at Akamai Edge 2013"Yesterday, I continued a discussion I've been having about that with Matt Ringel

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

October 7, 2013 9:28 AM

Akamai Edge 2013 and Patch Tuesday

I'm in Washington D.C. for the Akamai Edge customer conference, and while it's easy to lose sight of the daily chores of security when you're spending the day listening to talks, there's still always work to be done. An example of that: Tuesday is Microsoft's regularly-scheduled security patch release.We'll be talking to Akamai customers at Edge about how our efforts play into their vulnerability management needs. We'll also talk about

Lorenz Jakober

Lorenz Jakober

October 4, 2013 1:36 PM

Why Early Termination Is Not A Bad Thing...

On July 31st Facebook announced that they have enabled secure browsing by default. More and more companies such as Google, Twitter and PayPal have started to switch to always on SSL/TLS to ensure more secure browsing. And the growth of HTTPS use is likely to continue. Number of Sites With Valid Certificates Part of Netcraft's SSL Server Survey Source: Netcraft This sounds all well and good. However, as is often

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

October 4, 2013 8:46 AM

Akamai Edge and National Cyber Security Awareness Mo ...

There's been a lot of debate in the InfoSec community about the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of security awareness programs. More such discussion is likely this month as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) promotes National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Rather than repeat my own position on the matter, I'll direct you to the post "Security Awareness Programs: Better Than Nothing." For now, I'm thinking about how DHS's initiative fits