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Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

June 26, 2013 5:44 AM

Akamai InfoSec Has Become More Social

Akamai InfoSec has some new social networking accounts designed to keep the focus squarely on what our team is up to while inviting customers and the wider industry in to share ideas and ask us questions.In the past week we've created new pages on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ -- and we ask you all to "like," "follow" and add the team to your online social circles.For now, these accounts

Rich Bolstridge

Rich Bolstridge

June 25, 2013 9:31 AM

The Unforeseen Risk of Shared Services DDoS

A DDoS attack targeted at one web site is bad enough. But what happens when that single attack poses the distinct possibility of doing even more damage than originally intended. The kind of collateral damage I'm talking about is very real when you take into account IT architectures reliant on shared services. Shared services include anything that serves more than one application or set of users, for example:- Network infrastructure- Network bandwidth- Market

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

June 24, 2013 10:55 AM

Blunting Attacks During Olympic-sized Events

InfoSec receives many questions from Akamai customers on a daily basis. Yesterday, someone asked if we had a case study on attack vectors against the 2012 London Olympics. The customer has a big event coming up, and wanted a picture of what they're up against -- and how they can defend against it all to keep their sites running smoothly. As it turns out, CSIRT Director Michael Smith wrote something on that

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

June 24, 2013 6:09 AM

Blogs From Akamai's InfoSec Team (Updated)

Akamai's InfoSec team does a lot of blogging, both on the company site and in personal, security-oriented blogs where they offer opinions that are theirs and not always their employer's. What follows is a directory of who is blogging and where. I'll update the list as more examples come to my attention, but for now I hope you'll check out these sites. In a future post, I'll point you to

Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

June 21, 2013 8:34 AM

'InfoSec's Jerk Problem,' By Christian Ternus

I wanted to take a moment to flag a post from another blog that's well worth your time, especially if you want to get a better understanding of the security industry culture. It's from Akamai InfoSec's own Christian Ternus. The subject is something any industry can relate to -- the so-called "jerk problem."An excerpt:Put bluntly: to others, we're jerks.If you don't think this is a problem, you can stop reading here.The

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