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What's Next for Media Companies in 2020?

Over the past few months, we've all experienced changes -- in how we work, how we parent, and how we live. But one thing that hasn't changed is the essential nature of the internet and Akamai's ability to deliver on your and your customers' expectations. It's what we do. With recent global events increasing time spent at home, people have been turning to the internet to stay informed, connected, and entertained. Akamai is committed to...

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PSD2 and Open Banking -- The New Way to Work Your Money

The main question behind the Payment Services Directive (PSD2) and Open Banking: Is it innovative or just platitudes against competition? Open Banking allows a third party to perform certain acts with your financial institution on your behalf, such as enacting a payment or reviewing your spending habits. The concept of allowing third parties access to our banking data is not new. Aggregators, for example -- the applications or...

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Simplifying Data Center and IaaS Visibility and Protection

Helping customers further secure their on-premises data centers and IaaS deployments is an interesting new use case for our Enterprise Threat Protector service. Enterprises typically have a significant number of applications that are deployed and run in these environments. I'm using the word "application" in its broadest sense, which can cover things like a public-facing website or an internal procurement system.   Modern...

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Enabling Workforce Productivity in Challenging Times

As the world shifts to an increasingly virtual environment, Akamai continues to be at the forefront of helping customers enable workforce productivity with Akamai's Enterprise Application Access and Enterprise Threat Protector. From our detailed offer to our recent Edge Live Virtual Summit, where Akamai executives spoke about enabling a remote workforce on our platform, we have shared programs and processes around ensuring business...

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COVID-19 and the Perfect Security Storm

The global pandemic has resulted in a dramatic shift to home working. This has created a perfect security storm that has dramatically increased the security risk for enterprises. The best worst-case scenario is that a single device used by an employee working from home is compromised, and sensitive data on that device is stolen or locked with ransomware. Or worse, the compromised device is the beachhead for lateral movement and that...

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Residential Internet Connections are now Business Connections: What about Security and Compliance?

Near-global mandates to stay at home have completely reshaped the internet security landscape.  Remote work is the new normal, inverting the traditional office model. Attackers are not relenting as they see opportunity to take advantage of a world with a singular focus. Here are a couple of recent Akamai blog posts that explore some recent findings about how hackers are taking advantage of the pandemic: Business Continuity and...

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COVID-19 Phishing: Exploiting a Global Pandemic

It's sad to think criminals are hard at work taking advantage of the extraordinary stress the world's population is currently experiencing. But they are. New phishing scams exploiting anxiety about COVID-19 are trending upward. Akamai's Carrier Data Science and Threat Research teams analyzing real-time worldwide DNS resolution data have listed as many as 9,000 COVID-19 related phishing urls daily over the last few weeks.   On average,...

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Business Continuity and Security in an Uncertain Global Environment

The need for companies to quickly enable remote access to business-critical applications was highlighted in a recent Akamai blog -- Enabling Business Continuity in an Uncertain Global Environment. However, despite the current environment, what is already evident is that once businesses have addressed the remote access need, the next imperative is to look at how they can quickly improve security for employees who are now working...

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Unexpected Inflection Point

For decades, those of us who work on the infrastructure of the web have heard and talked a lot about "inflection points" -- points at which we have seen notable increases in Internet usage driven by commerce, entertainment, financial services, travel, etc. And now, without warning, the world changed. Every industry has been disrupted in a matter of weeks, and the world is likely never to be quite the same again. But this...

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Will Social Distancing Break the Internet?

First off, no -- the Internet is not going to break! That said, the news media is awash with stories and statistics about how the Internet is faring with the increase in traffic due to isolation protocols forcing daily functions online. Which functions? In my house, we have remote work, e-learning, online retail, online banking, streaming video, online gaming, video chat, social media, and Wi-Fi calling. I know I'm not alone, and of...