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Akamai Unveils New DDoS Protection and Compliance Solutions

Akamai Technologies, the Cambridge, Massachusetts based company that at any point delivers between 15-30% of all global Web traffic, today introduced two new solutions designed to address the increasingly complex challenges of doing business online– Akamai DDoS Defender and Akamai Compliance Management Modules.

Akamai Technologies, the Cambridge, Massachusetts based company that at any point delivers between 15-30% of all global Web traffic, today introduced two new solutions designed to address the increasingly complex challenges of doing business online– Akamai DDoS Defender and Akamai Compliance Management Modules.

Akamai Logo“A distributed denial of service attack is every business’s worst nightmare. One minute, everything is ticking along as normal. The next, your infrastructure is hit by a tsunami of spurious traffic from across the Internet,” according to Ram Mohan, CTO at domain registrar Afilias. “Legitimate users find themselves locked out, your ability to do business online grinds to a halt, and there’s not a great deal you can do about it – unless you prepare ahead of time,” he added.

Akamai’s new offerings help address these threats, and as part of its Akamai Intelligent Platform, Akamai DDoS Defender brings multi-layered security capabilities combined with support and expertise from Akamai’s team of DDoS service experts who can assist customers before, during and after DDoS attacks.

“In recent months we’ve seen a significant increase in the number, size, and sophistication of these types of attacks — the impact of which can extend long past the immediate loss of revenue, resources and productivity to cause damage to brand equity and customer trust,” explained Andy Ellis, Akamai’s chief security officer. “The Akamai Intelligent Platform is designed to allow us to meet assaults closer to where they are originating and absorb malicious traffic before site performance is impacted.”

In addition to new DDoS protection offerings, Akamai also introduced “Akamai Compliance Management solutions”, a set modules designed to help customers reduce the complexity and associated costs of maintaining compliance with ever-changing information security standards and regulations.

Consisting of five modules, the compliance service helps streamline compliance initiatives within the following industry frameworks:

HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

PCI DSS – Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard

• FISMA – Federal Information Security Management Act

• ISO – International Organization for Standardization Code of Practice for Information Security Management (ISO 27001/27002)

• BITS – The Financial Services Roundtable Technology Policy Division

“With 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,” continued Ellis. “Akamai’s Compliance Management solutions are designed to help our customers simplify the process of meeting these often arduous information security reporting and auditing requirements.”

Today’s announcements were made at the company’s Akamai Edge Customer conference taking place in Boston this week.

Read More on Cloud Security in SecurityWeek’s Cloud Security Section.

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For more than 10 years, Mike Lennon has been closely monitoring the threat landscape and analyzing trends in the National Security and enterprise cybersecurity space. In his role at SecurityWeek, he oversees the editorial direction of the publication and is the Director of several leading security industry conferences around the world.

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