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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

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

October 3, 2013 4:54 AM

Silk Road, Tor and the Threat of DDoS

Whenever authorities bust somebody for alleged use of popular software for illegal purposes, there's always the chance digital miscreants will protest with DDoS and other attacks. That's certainly a possibility after the FBI's arrest of Ross William Ulbricht, known as "Dread Pirate Roberts," alleged operator of Silk Road, a marketplace for illegal drugs. According to the Reuters news service, federal prosecutors charged Ulbricht with one count each of narcotics trafficking conspiracy,

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

October 2, 2013 8:55 AM

Was This Really One of the Internet's Biggest Attack ...

There was an interesting story in eWeek yesterday about "one of the largest attacks in the history of the Internet" taking place last week. It describes a 9-hour barrage against an unnamed entity that swelled to 100 Gigabits of traffic at its peak. But does it really qualify as one of the biggest in Internet history? It's an impressive barrage, to be sure. Reading the article reminded me of a post Akamai

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

September 30, 2013 6:33 AM

Security Webinars for SMBs

I'm pleased to announce a trilogy of webinars set for next month on web app security for SMBs: small-to-medium-sized businesses. We'll discuss the basic ingredients of web security for SMBs and eCommerce, common problems found at the mom-and-pop level, and ways to better prepare for security audits. Common hacking techniques and ways to defend your networks against them will also be covered. And, with the holiday shopping season coming up, we'll examine common

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

September 26, 2013 6:12 AM

5 Noteworthy Security Headlines

Every morning I scan the news headlines for stories that may have an impact on Akamai customers and the wider security community. Today I direct you toward five items worth keeping an eye on. Data Broker Giants Hacked by ID Theft Service By Brian Krebs, Krebs on SecurityAn identity theft service that sells Social Security numbers, birth records, credit and background reports on millions of Americans has infiltrated computers at

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

September 25, 2013 5:35 AM

Akamai InfoSec at Several Security Cons This Week

There are several important security conferences this week and this coming weekend, and Akamai InfoSec will participate in all of them. Security Advocate Dave Lewis is at two events in Chicago: ASIS 2013 and the (ISC)2 Congress.London-based Security Advocate Martin McKeay is attending BruCON 2013 in Ghent, Belgium. Meanwhile, Akamai CSO Andy Ellis and Security Intelligence Director Joshua Corman are headed to DerbyCon 3.0 in Louisville, Kentucky. Andy will give a