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Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

August 28, 2013 9:16 AM

Security Ethics and The Hacker Academy

If you work outside the security community, the word "hacker" is often misunderstood. A hacker is seen as someone who operates outside the law, troublemakers who are only in the business of engineering attacks and causing chaos. Because of that misconception, I often feel the need to educate the masses.To that end, I'd like to direct you to the blog of security company Tripwire, which has a talented team we

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

August 27, 2013 5:28 AM

Akamai FedRAMP Compliance is Huge for Security

Yesterday was a big day around here. We achieved Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) compliance as a cloud services provider. Big deal, you say? Why, yes. It is. FedRAMP is a U.S. government-wide program that standardizes the approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. Specifically, Akamai's globally distributed, publicly shared cloud services platform has received "Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO)" from the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board (JAB). As Akamai Public Sector VP Tom

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

August 26, 2013 6:41 AM

DDoS Attacks: China's Weekend of Irony

I can't help but see irony in all the news reports this morning about China suffering one of the worst DDoS attacks it has ever seen. China is usually seen as the place where attacks begin, a perception bolstered by findings in Akamai's most recent "State of The Internet" report. Of all the reports on the weekend DDoS against China, this passage from The Wall Street Journal's article explains things best,

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

August 23, 2013 6:31 AM

Mapping Networks and Data: Safety in Numbers

Last week I wrote about how redundancy of systems is an important part of Akamai's security at Planetary Scale. This post focuses on another way we keep Internet traffic flowing smoothly in the face of attempted attacks: network and data mapping. Also see: "2003 Blackout: An Early Lesson in Planetary Scale?" Mapping isn't a security technique in itself. Every big network can be mapped out. But there is certainly a

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

August 22, 2013 9:10 AM

DDoS Attacks Used As Cover For Other Crimes

Protecting customers from DDoS attacks is an Akamai InfoSec specialty. When we see DDoS attempts against our customers, the typical thinking is that someone is doing it to force sites into downtime, which can cost a business millions in lost online sales. But sometimes, these attacks are simply a cover operation to distract the victim while something else is going on. A story that caught our attention in SC Magazine and elsewhere

Akamai Edge

Akamai Edge

August 20, 2013 10:25 AM

See You at Edge 2013!

Since our founding, Akamai has been at the vanguard of the Internet revolution. And as we prepare to celebrate our 15th anniversary this month, our spirit of innovation and our desire to solve the most difficult Internet challenges are just as strong today as they were 15 years ago. From day one, we have worked hard to gain an understanding of how our customers want to use the Internet to

Akamai

Akamai

August 19, 2013 6:23 AM

Ten Years After the Blaster Worm

This month marks the 10th anniversary of Blaster -- a worm that tore a path of disruption across the Internet. It struck a few months before I started writing about information security. But even then I was well aware that something big had happened. I was editing for a daily newspaper at the time and had no idea what patch management, software vulnerabilities and malware were. But Blaster was a

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

August 16, 2013 8:32 AM

Microsoft's August Patch Matrix

Microsoft released it's monthly patch load this week. To help identify and deploy the security fixes, here's a table showing the different bulletins, the severity of the flaws, and the products impacted. Bulletin IDBulletin Title and Executive SummaryMaximum Severity Rating and Vulnerability ImpactRestart RequirementAffected SoftwareMS13-059Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (2862772) This security update resolves eleven privately reported vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The most severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

August 14, 2013 5:05 AM

2003 Blackout: An Early Lesson in Planetary Scale?

On the drive to work this morning, I listened to a report about this being the 10th anniversary of the massive blackout that plunged an area from New York City to Toronto into darkness. I immediately thought of a post Akamai CSO Andy Ellis wrote recently called "Environmental Controls at Planetary Scale."It might be overreaching to say the 2003 blackout was an early case study in the success and failures