Earlier this month InfoSecurity Europe took place at Olympia in London - Akamai was there welcoming visitors along with other leaders in the security industry. As always, the event is a great chance to speak with a wide range of delegates and hear what they are experiencing on the ground as they work to protect their businesses from the ever more sophisticated web security threats that are emerging - not just new techniques, but co-ordinated, sustained and geographically dispersed online assaults.
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You may have missed an announcement we made on May 10th about Akamai's environmental sustainability plans leading up to 2020. You'd be forgiven for doing so too, because it wasn't announcing a raft of new content delivery services, or any fundamental changes to our Intelligent platform, but it did mark a significant commitment in how we intend to ensure our total energy consumption does not grow in proportion with our global server network.
Earlier this month I was appointed as a member of Europol's (EC3) European Cybercrime Centre Advisory Group on Internet Security.
This is a prestigious appointment, which will initially be for two years and it follows the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Akamai and Europol's EC3. This enables our two organisations to establish a mutual framework for the exchange of knowledge, expertise and strategic information in order to combat the international threat of cybercrime.
For a few years now the online retail industry as a whole has been talking about a "mobile first" approach to developing and delivering websites and applications. While this is not a new term or focus, it's clear that we have finally reached that threshold where mobile traffic is reaching, or even surpassing, desktop/laptop traffic across Europe.
The chances are your site has a bot problem. Unwanted bots decrease website performance, increase bandwidth costs and might be giving your competitors an unfair advantage. Even if you can successfully identify bots trying to scrape your site, blocking them is never a good idea as they will just evolve to avoid further detection. Akamai Bot Manager gives you the ability to silent deny (so not alerting the sender), give a delayed response (to prioritise human users) or serve alternative content (to deliberately give incorrect pricing information), therefore resulting in reduced bandwidth and infrastructure costs, enhanced user experience and stronger competitive positioning.