Akamai expands the Akamai Intelligent Platform with features designed to help customers absorb malicious traffic when under a DDoS attack and to meet compliance requirements.
Technologies has introduced new products designed to simplify compliance
management and protect organizations from cyber-attacks.
Akamai DDoS Defender is designed to help customers fight off distributed
denial-of-service attacks and the Akamai Compliance Management Modules will
help customers meet the challenges of ensuring they are compliant with
information security standards and regulations. The products were announced at
the content delivery network provider's customer conference Akamai Edge in
Boston on Oct. 13.
new anti-DDoS service and compliance management system will be bundled as part
of the Akamai Intelligent Platform. The two offerings are "designed to
help customers avoid the potential of millions of dollars in fines and other related
costs," Akamai said. Customers can expect "exceptional
availability" of their Websites and the ability to meet "strict data
compliance requirements" for data privacy with the Intelligent Platform,
according to Akamai.
ability to protect our customers from DDoS attacks is a major differentiator
for Akamai," said Andy Ellis, chief security officer for Akamai.
for the compliance management tool, Ellis said it was "designed to help
our customers simplify the process of meeting these often arduous information
security reporting and auditing requirements."
has been a "significant increase" in the number, size and
sophistication of distributed denial-of-service attacks and customers struggle
to keep sites available during these incidents, Ellis said. The impact of the
attacks goes beyond the "immediate loss of revenue, resources and
productivity" to damage to the brand and the loss of customer trust,
according to Ellis.
Akamai DDoS Defender is designed to "meet assaults" close to their point
of origin and absorb malicious traffic long before it reaches the network and
impacts the site, Ellis said.
Akamai Compliance Management Modules consist of five modules designed to help
organizations streamline compliance initiatives for regulations for health care
data, credit card processing and data security.
modules address the requirements defined in the Health Insurance Portability
and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard
(PCI-DSS), Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), International
Organization for Standardization Code of Practice for Information Security
Management (ISO 27001/27002) and the Financial Services Roundtable Technology
Policy Division's BITS standard.
the increasingly sophisticated and malicious attempts to breach IT security,
industry standards and regulatory statutes to protect data have become more
complex, making the compliance process much more demanding," said Ellis.
announced other plans for the future of its content delivery services at its Akamai
Edge conference. The company is working on a new set of technologies to
optimize content for the right device at the right time. Five years ago, Akamai
delivered 3TB of mobile data per day and has been delivering 520TB per day in
2011, Akamai said at the conference. The company projects that it will deliver
91 petabytes of mobile data, or 91,000TB, per day by 2016.
also announced a partnership with NetBiscuits to help developers build mobile
device-friendly content. The resulting technology will optimize Websites for
smaller screens, to reduce the load on the network as well as the impact on