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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

Akamai

Akamai

April 10, 2013 9:44 AM

Serving at the edge: Good for performance, good for ...

Distribution: What good is it? You'll recall from Part I that I describe a scenario where the London node of a network has become overloaded in a DDoS attack. Now you may wonder why if all the users in that scenario going to London are having problems, what good is distribution? Some of you may have already noticed the benefit I glossed over earlier. In our example with a congested

Akamai

Akamai

April 8, 2013 1:00 AM

Serving at the edge: Good for performance, good for ...

Akamai's Chief Security Officer Andy Ellis recently commented on large DDoS attacks and how "size" can be misleading. In that post, Andy notes if you have more than 300 Gbps of ingress capacity, then a 300 Gbps attack is not going to hurt you too much. He's right of course. However, total ingress capacity is only part of the equation. Also important are the type of attacks you're facing and

Akamai

Akamai

April 3, 2013 10:05 AM

Why Do Media Companies Need Web Security?

Media companies, of course, have long enjoyed the video streaming and web performance benefits that Akamai provides. In fact, we'll be showing some of our latest content preparation, delivery and measurement solutions at the 2013 NAB Show in Las Vegas. But that's not all.Many of our media customers also trust us to help them solve their security needs. Why? Media companies need to protect their Websites from DDoS attacks and