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Why moats and castles belong in the past

We are all familiar with the enterprise security approach of treating an organization like a castle, and protecting it with a moat. Moats have been used for perimeter defense since ancient Egypt. While the moat and castle enterprise security approach has worked well in the past it is starting to show its age.

From an IT management perspective, remote access management can be complex. Deployment, administration, testing and compliance is often multifaceted and time consuming, and security is an on-going concern.

With the acquisition of Soha Systems, Akamai's vision of bringing a simpler, more secure access approach to the enterprise is now available. We have blogged about this, most notably an excellent piece penned by Lorenz Jakober titled "Secure Enterprise Access Needs to Evolve".

As we know, enterprises have come a long way from the days when a few remote users needed access to a handful of applications. Now, applications can live in data centers, in AWS, in Azure - in reality, anywhere on the Internet.

So who really needs to access these enterprise apps?

A reminder of the importance of security

Recently the UK Office for National Statistics released its latest statistical bulletin for the Crime Survey for England and Wales: Year Ending September 2016.  The survey covers all reported crime (6.2 million incidents) and whilst it shows no statistically significant change on the preceding report, there was some interesting data related to computer crime.

Digital transformation demands data driven security

Digital Transformation (DX) has pushed itself to the heart of enterprise business strategy, and its importance keeps growing as companies look for new ways to engage with their customers, whilst delivering on a promise of enhanced data security and customer experience. 

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.

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.

Bot Manager: Why It Matters

Earlier today, Akamai announced the launch of a completely new product, Bot Manager. You can read more about the details in the press release and on Akamai.com. I won't bore you by repeating them, but I did want to add some colour on why it matters. Read on...