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Shortly after Akamai announced the October 2019 Release with new features and capabilities across its security, performance and media product lines, Akamai’s VP of Product Marketing, Ari Weil, took over Akamai’s Twitter account for a live October Release Q&A.
For those that missed the live event, here’s an overview of all the questions submitted, as well as Ari’s answers.
Q1: What can you tell us about the new #bot intelligence improvements and updates?
A1: @Akamai now shows how #bots relate to customers and their industry – the broader threat they represent, how the bots operate, and effective mitigations
Q2: What @Akamai product update are you most personally excited about @aweil?
A2: #Bot intelligence! It brings detection, insight, and mitigation together to augment our customers’ #security teams in a unified set of controls
Q3: What is the timeline for user fraud detection in Akamai Identity Cloud?
A3: Identity Cloud identifies early stages of the #fraud kill chain; insight from #bot mgr for #credentialstuffing & #accountchecking + a framework to act
Q4: How will @Akamai’s October Release impact #developers?
A4: We’re improving how #developers leverage @akamai as code and be more focused on their #apps and #infrastructure. Ream more here! https://developer.akamai.com/blog/2019/10/15/october-2019-release-whats-it-developers-admins-and-architects%20?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social_corporate
Q5: How can I optimize animated #GIFs now with the recent release?
A5: There’s a great blog on this on our #developer site here! https://developer.akamai.com/blog/2019/08/26/introducing-animated-gif-optimization-akamai-image-manager?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social_corporate
Q6: Which product update will make the greatest impact on #websec?
A6: #WAF rule improvements and eval capability will help businesses be #secure by design and evolve protections in complex environments.
Q7: How does @Akamai decide what updates to make to products?
A7: #Customer input, our #threat intel, #analyst insights, and our #services engagements all factor in – it’s been a recipe for industry leadership.
Q8: Large-scale #DDoS attacks continue to be on the rise in 2019, what does this latest release do to address both the increase in size and severity of DDoS attacks on the web?
A8: We continue to increase detections and automated #ddos mitigations, and are building out scrubbing centers in more regions. Check out https://www.akamai.com/us/en/security/ddos-resource-center.jsp?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social_corporate
Q9: How can orgs continue to improve video #streaming performance in 2019 and beyond?
A9: Here’s a great blog on origin-assisted prefetching that will provide insight and links to more! https://blogs.akamai.com/2019/10/optimizing-video-streaming-performance-with-origin-assisted-prefetching.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social_corporate
Q10: What kinds of insights can be gained by using the #Bot Intelligence Console?
A10: The Bot Intelligence Console can answer many questions, including: What #bots are hitting your sites and #apps? Are these common to your industry? How does the #bot operate? What controls are effective?
Q11: We are an #AWS shop. Why would I use something besidesin addition to the native AWS services?
A11: 2 words: Shared responsibility. @Akamai handles #DDoS, #app protection & #bot mgmt while you focus on your #AWS deployment. https://www.akamai.com/us/en/solutions/akamai-architectures.jsp?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social_corporate
Q12: How does this release address the growing threat of video piracy?
A12: With watermarking and access revocation. There are two blogs on the topic: https://blogs.akamai.com/2019/10/watermarking-a-content-owners-mark-to-prevent-piracy.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social_corporate and https://blogs.akamai.com/2019/10/access-revocation-a-content-providers-tool-to-block-pirates-in-real-time.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social_corporate
Q13: What are the benefits of using @Akamai’s #streaming services over current social media based solutions (Twitch/Mixer/Facebook/etc)?
A13: Scaling IP #video at #broadcast quality globally. This year we delivered flawless QoE for 18.6 million concurrents and just hit a traffic peak of 106.591tbps this week. See our site for more: https://www.akamai.com/us/en/about/news/press/2019-press/with-18.6-million-simultaneous-viewers-streaming-vivo-ipl-hotstar-shatters-viewership-record-again.jsp?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social_corporate
Q14: What can you give a sneak preview of for 2020? What product enhancements will you be focusing on?
A14: We’re expanding our industry leading #security portfolio to protect against #magecart style attacks. We’re seeing strong results with early betas.
Q15: What new #DevOps capabilities is Akamai providing customers?
A15: EdgeWorkers is really exciting because it allows #developers to push business logic to the #edge to solve problems without modifying #apps https://developer.akamai.com/akamai-edgeworkers-overview?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social_corporate
Q16: Why is the edge so important for companies to deliver great & secure digital experiences?
A16: The #Edge enables a consistent #security posture across a hybrid/multi #cloud architecture, and that has a real financial impact. https://www.akamai.com/us/en/campaign/assets/reports/forrester-tei-oct-study.jsp?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social_corporate
Q17: How can customers use the new #bot activity insights to enhance #security?
A17: Customers can use it to get clarity: is the #bot targeting my industry or just me? How does it behave? What are the most effective mitigations?
Q18: What is the single most formidable, #cybersecurity threat facing businesses today? And how is @Akamai mobilizing to mitigate against it?
A18: There are many, but complexity is a massive challenge. #Risk is compounded by evolving architectures, #shadowIT, and more sophisticated attackers.
Q19: What’s new that will help safeguard against video #piracy?
A19: Check out this great #ebook on #media #security https://www.akamai.com/us/en/multimedia/documents/white-paper/the-state-of-media-security-white-paper.pdf?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social_corporate
Q20: Also, how do the new enhancements in the October Release help maintain consistent #security controls?
A20: A picture’s worth 1000 words (or 150 characters) – check out this reference architecture: https://www.akamai.com/us/en/multimedia/documents/infographic/securing-multi-cloud-reference-architecture.pdf?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social_corporate
Q21: How does @Akamai’s new Enterprise Application Access functionality help companies further strengthen their #ZeroTrust platforms?
A21: By making the #app and #user the perimeter. A key update is how we use enhanced #security signals to help create a profile for a user risk assessment https://blogs.akamai.com/2019/10/walkdont-walk-secure-intelligent-application-access-with-enhanced-security-signals.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social_corporate
Q22: What does it mean for #IT and #security teams to deploy @Akamai’s #WAF solutions in evaluation mode?
A22: They can deploy @Akamai’s curated rule updates faster and keep protections up to date by better understanding their impact – see https://blogs.akamai.com/2019/10/tune-your-waf-with-greater-confidence-using-krs-evaluation-mode.htm?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social_corporate.
Q23: What can @Akamai customers expect from the new enhancements for Akamai’s #Bot Manager?
A23: Understand how sophisticated, pervasive & active a #bot is plus how to mitigate it – see https://blogs.akamai.com/2019/10/enhance-visibility-into-the-bot-landscape-with-bot-intelligence-console.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social_corporate
Q24: Does the rollout of #5G and the increased speed level impact how @Akamai develops security solutions? The increased speed could potentially enable bad actors to cause harm much quicker.
A24: We’re actively testing #edgecomputing scenarios with #network operators for #mobile use cases, where reducing latency really matters https://www.lightreading.com/the-edge/akamai-testing-edge-computing-scenarios-with-5g-operators/d/d-id/753485?
Q25: What does this release mean for @Akamai’s products and customers overall?
A25: Deliver superior quality, consistently at scale: with security that is critical when #privacy concerns are paramount. @Akamai helps you own the #Edge!
Learn More: Visit the October Release page on Akamai.com to see everything that was announced.
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from The Akamai Blog authored by Akamai. Read the original post at: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAkamaiBlog/~3/LL-pe8F5nK4/october-release-qa-with-ari-weil.html
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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, so it can be a good time to be learn about the newest technology scams, especially those affecting you at home.
A favorite tactic of scammers is to convince consumers to pay for services that would otherwise be free.
The Better Business Bureau of Greater Houston and South Texas is getting reports of a con where scam artists charge activation fees for devices that are, in fact, completely free to set up.
The scam typically follows a playbook. You purchase a new media player, virtual assistant or other tech device for your home.
It could be a Roku, Google Home, Alexa, or any other device that needs to be activated after purchase. When you are ready to use it, you search for the customer support phone number; however, instead of getting the official website, you end up on a look-alike site with phony customer support information.
You call that number, and you are told there is a new policy in place: All device users must now pay an activation fee. Reports on BBB Scam Tracker indicate that people have been charged anywhere from $80 to $100 to “activate” their new device.
Scammers may ask for unusual forms of payment, such as prepaid gift cards, or they may ask directly for your credit card number.
Once payment is made, they may claim there was a problem and a second payment is needed. In some cases, they may “help” you come up with a new username and password, thereby gaining access to your device account. In any case, scammers hope to get away with your hard-earned money along with your personal information.
The Better Business Bureau offers the following tips on how to protect yourself from tech scams:
Make sure you are visiting an official website. Scammers are skilled at creating look-alike websites with addresses that are spelled slightly different than the official website’s address. Carefully double check the URL or go directly to the site listed in your device’s instruction booklet.
Beware of sponsored links. Fake websites sometimes pop up in your web browser’s sponsored ad section and appear at the top of the search list. Be careful what you click on.
Never make a payment with prepaid debit or gift cards. Reputable companies will never ask you to wire money or pay with prepaid cards. Money sent this way cannot be recuperated.
Protect your home computer and network. A computer should always have the most recent updates installed for spam filters, anti-virus and anti-spyware software, and also be sure to enable firewall protection for your Wi-Fi network.
For more information and tips, check with the BBB at BBBHouston.org.
The Better Business Bureau is an unbiased nonprofit organization that sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior.
Visit www.bbbhouston.org or call 713-868-9500. Leah Napoliello
is senior director of Investigative Services with the BBB of Greater Houston and South Texas. Send questions to Leah Napoliello, Better Business Bureau, 1333 West Loop South, Suite 1200, Houston, TX 77027, or e-mail email@example.com. Include your mailing address and phone number.
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Malware. Ransomware. Data breaches and hack attacks. These may have all been foreign terms just a year ago, but not anymore. Consumers are much more aware of digital threats, thanks in large part to that massive attack on the credit reporting bureau Equifax.
Millions of Americans had their data compromised in that attack. While many took steps to protect themselves, we know a lot of consumers simply ignored the threat altogether.
Are you guilty of procrastinating when it comes to your digital defenses? Don’t worry, now is your chance to act. October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Over the next several weeks, Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific will offer you tips and advice to protect yourself, your family, your business and your community.
First things first, follow these steps to protect your personal information:
Keep a clean machine: Ensure all software on internet-connected devices – including PCs, smartphones and tablets – is up to date to reduce risk of infection from malware.
Lock down your login: Your usernames and passwords are not enough for the personal data protection of email, banking and social media. Begin your spring cleaning by fortifying your online accounts and enabling the strongest authentication tools available, such as biometrics, security keys or a unique one-time code through an app on your mobile device.
Declutter your mobile life: Most of us have apps we no longer use and some that need updating. Delete unused apps and keep others current, including the operating system on your mobile device. An added benefit of deleting unused apps is more storage space and longer battery life. Actively manage your location services, Bluetooth, microphone and camera – making sure apps use them appropriately.
Do a digital file purge: Perform a good, thorough review of your online files. Tend to your digital records, PCs and phones and any device with storage just as you do for paper files. Start removing digital clutter by doing the following:
Clean up your email: Save only those emails you really need, and unsubscribe to email you no longer need/want to receive.
Back it up: Copy important data to a secure cloud site or another computer or drive where it can be safely stored. Password protect backup drives. Make sure to back up your files before getting rid of a device, too.
Stay tuned. Next week we will discuss tips to help protect your business and work information.
For cybersecurity tips, other scams and the latest alerts, download the BBB App at bbbapp.org. Anyone who feels they may be a victim of a cybercrime should report it to local law enforcement and BBB Scam Tracker at bbb.org/scamtracker.
Stephen Mayer is marketplace manager of the Better Business Bureau, serving the Snake River Region from Ontario to Jackson, Wyoming. For more information, visit bbb.org or call (800) 218-1001.
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