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Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

September 4, 2013 5:42 AM

No Matter Your Experience, Adversaries Will Occasion ...

One of the challenges of working in the security community is that you are expected to be fully aware of risk at all times. But as humans we all slip up sometimes. I was reminded of that yesterday when I helped out with a training session for new Akamai employees.In these training sessions, we go over Akamai security procedures and how employees are to conduct themselves. There are the obvious

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

September 3, 2013 5:20 AM

Telling Akamai's Security Story: Part 2

Three months ago when I started at Akamai, I told you the goal was to tell some Akamai InfoSec stories and make it clear how A.) we make sure our own house is secure, and B.) we provide an ironclad defense for customers. Here's an update to explain how we're doing that.There are the almost-daily posts in this blog. There's plenty going on in our security department every day, which means

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

August 29, 2013 6:32 AM

SEA Attacks Illustrate Need for Better DNS Security

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) -- a pro-Assad hacking group -- is making misery for some of the biggest entities on the Internet. The SEA's activities have attracted plenty of media attention this week. Users couldn't access many high-profile websites Tuesday after SEA launched a targeted phishing attack against a reseller for Melbourne IT, an Australian domain registrar and IT services company. According to the IDG News Service, the attack allowed hackers to change the DNS records for

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