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Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

June 20, 2013 6:39 AM

Bug Bounty Programs A Turning Point For Microsoft

Here in Akamai's InfoSec department, we constantly remind employees and customers to keep up on all the latest security patchesin their environment. Since Windows is everywhere in the business world, it's particularly important to keep an eye on Microsoft's patching efforts. This week, the software giant made a big move in the name of vulnerability management, unleashing bug bounty programs that will likely lead to many more security patches in

Andy Ellis

Andy Ellis

June 18, 2013 3:38 PM

DNS reflection defense

Recently, 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, it helps to understand how it works. How DNS works At the heart of the Domain Name System are two categories of name server: the authoritative name server, which is

Akamai

Akamai

June 18, 2013 11:14 AM

Click Frenzy 2 goes off without a hitch with Akamai

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Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

June 18, 2013 5:44 AM

Who Is George Penguin?

One of the more challenging tasks as the new guy in Akamai's InfoSec department is getting to know George Penguin. He's our mascot and ambassador of good will. His likeness is everywhere in the office, most notably in the form of soft, stuffed toys that dominate the workspace like an invasion of the tribbles from "Star Trek." I met George long before starting this job, and I admit that I've

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

June 17, 2013 8:41 AM

Lessons From Akamai InfoSec Training

Though I've written about InfoSec for the past decade, I've still had my moments of shame. There was the time last year when I fell for one of the oldest social engineering tricks in the book, clicking the link on a direct Twitter message where someone I worked with asked if I'd seen the nasty post someone wrote about me. The co-worker's Twitter account had been hijacked and similar messages

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

June 12, 2013 7:05 AM

A History of Akamai InfoSec Storytelling

As part of my new role as Akamai's security storyteller, I've been digging around in search of all the press coverage this group has gotten over the years. I'm finding that many articles and blog posts came from me, particularly what I wrote in my last job as managing editor of CSO Magazine. You could say my coming here was destiny, based on how easily I focused on Akamai InfoSec

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

June 12, 2013 5:08 AM

Microsoft's June Patch Load

A reminder to Akamai customers and the larger InfoSec community that Microsoft has released its security update for June. Below are the specific bulletins. Click the link on each to get full details. You'll want to get a fix on which of these are most important to your organization and install them as soon as possible. MS13-047 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (critical) MS13-048 Vulnerability in Windows Kernel Could

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

June 10, 2013 6:39 AM

Let Me Tell You Some Akamai Security Stories

Allow me to introduce myself: My name is Bill Brenner, Akamai's newly-minted security storyteller (my title is actually senior program manager, but my role here will be quite different from that of other people with similar titles).I'm a journalist by trade, with two decades of newspaper reporting and editing behind me. I've spent the last decade writing about information security, a path that brought me here. I'm not a security

Akamai

Akamai

May 16, 2013 9:32 AM

An Introduction to Internet Hygiene

Despite the common misperception, there are not a lot of rules for ISPs. There are a lot of things people think are rules or perhaps even are called rules, but in reality, they are merely suggestions. You may think to yourself, "how can that be?" Especially when things such as "Request for Comments" (RFCs), "Best Common Operational Practices" (BCOPs), and "Internet Official Protocol Standards" (STDs), all spell out the rules