Akamai Raises the Bar for Web Security with Enhancements to Kona

Bangalore, Karnataka, India, Tuesday, February 26, 2013 -- (Business Wire India) 
Akamai®Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading cloud platform for
delivering secure, high-performing user experiences to any device, anywhere,
today unveiled several feature upgrades to the company's Kona Site Defender web
security solution. The enhancements are designed to add greater intelligence,
flexibilityand simplicity to the defense of web site and application attacks,
giving businesses the tools to help organizations of all types better protect
web sites and applications from an ever changing threat landscape.  
Included in thenewversion of Kona Site Defender are upgraded Web Application
Firewall (WAF) capabilities and network layer controls, new user validation
capabilities and improved configuration and automation tools that speed both
initial deployment and response time to changing attacks. Further, Akamai has
developed Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and other modifications to
Kona Site Defender. These are designed to make the technology easier to use by
Managed Security Services Providers (MSSP) as well as to facilitate tighter
integration with existing on-premises security technology.  
Kona Site Defender is an always-oncloud-based web securitysolution designed to
protect an enterprise's most critical online business functions against attacks
that can result in millions of dollars in lost transactions and business
productivity each year, and even greater harm to brand value and reputation.
Using the Akamai Intelligent Platform™ as its foundation, the solution
offershighly flexible and scalable protection – that does not negatively
impact performance – to customers against a variety of attack vectors
including DDoS, as well asweb application attacks such as SQL injection, Cross
Site Scripting and others. 
Enhancements to Kona Site Defenderinclude: 
-- Akamai Common Rules: In addition to the baseline WAF security offered by the
OWASP ModSecurity Core Rule Set (CRS), organizations can now benefit from the
extended security offered bythe newly introduced Akamai Common Rules set. Each
time the Akamai threat intelligence team experiences a new attack tool ora new
version of an existing attack tool used against the platform, the company
develops a rule to counter the attack. These rules are uniquely available to
Akamai customers. To date, Akamai has developed and implemented rules to counter
attacks such as LOIC (Low Orbit Ion Cannon) and HOIC (High Orbit Ion Cannon),
among others. 
-- New Rate Control Capabilities: Tohelp determine if anomalous traffic is being
generated by users accessing the Internet from behind a proxy server and if that
traffic is legitimate or malicious, Kona Site Defender features upgraded rate
control capabilities.For example, IP addresses that might previously have been
flagged as being the source of malicious content based on request volume can now
easily be identified as a web proxy.This increased security intelligenceis
designed to enable customers to make better decisions about which traffic to
block and which traffic to let through to their sites or web applications.
Improved protection against slow-moving DDoS attack vectors better allows
customers to fight “resource starvation” attacks that bring down sites and
applications by tying up CPU power versus simply flooding with massive traffic
levels. 
-- User Validation Capabilities: New to Kona Site Defender, the user validation
module provides a way to better understand who or what is generating traffic
aimed at your web site or web application. If traffic is identified as
potentially malicious, the browser is redirected to a JavaScript confirmation
page. If the browserpasses, the client request is further processed.The user
validation module helps reduce an enterprise's exposure to machine-based
attacks. 
-- Cloud Security Intelligence: The massive scale of the Akamai Intelligent
Platform gives the company tremendous visibility into emerging attack vectors
and other malicious activity that can negatively impact organizations doing
business online. The intelligence derived from the processing and analysis of
aggregated security data is designed to make Akamai services simpler, more
automated and more efficient. 
-- Site Assessment and WAF Rule Update Services: To help identify potential site
vulnerabilities and develop appropriate web security strategies, organizations
can now engage with Akamai security experts for web site scanning and analysis.
This one time professional services engagement is intended to provide customers
with a deeper understanding of potential exposure to attack and options for
mitigating risk. In addition, customers now can work with Akamai's professional
services organization for ongoing WAF rules updating and tuning. 
-- APIs and MSSP Flexibility: Understanding that customers may wish to use Kona
Site Defender in conjunction with existing on-premises appliances or through
relationships with MSSPs, Akamai is developing APIs and other modifications
intended to ease integration with these environments. The APIs will enable
on-premises security controls to tightly integrate with the DDoS mitigation
functionalities delivered by Kona Site Defender. The ability for MSSPs to
include Kona Site Defender in their portfolio of supported technology gives
customers greater choice in how they deploy and take the best advantage of the
solution according to their unique requirements. 
“The threat landscape is constantly evolving and web security professionals
need a solution that can keep pace with the array of challenges they face every
day,” explained John Summers, vice president, Security Business, Akamai.
“Customers that have deployed Kona Site Defender have been able to deal
effectively with these new adversaries, new tools and new attacks. Mitigating
the Operation Ababil attacks that began in September 2012 are just one example
of our success.” 
Kona Site Defender is part of the AkamaiKona Security Solutions family.Akamai
customers across industries are using Kona Security Solutions to better protect
their valuable web sites and web applications by extending the security
perimeter outside the data-center and to provide protection from the increasing
frequency, scale and sophistication of web attacks. To date, 27 of the Fortune
100, 37 of the Internet Retailer 100 (including 10 of the top 20) and 27 of the
Mobile 100 use Kona Security Solutions to protect their online businesses. 
For more information about Kona Security Solutions please visit
http://www.akamai.com/html/solutions/kona-solutions.html. 
About Akamai 
Akamai® is the leading cloud platform for helping enterprises provide secure,
high-performing user experiences on any device, anywhere. At the core of the
Company's solutions is the Akamai Intelligent Platform™ providing extensive
reach, coupled with unmatched reliability, security, visibility and expertise.
Akamai removes the complexities of connecting the increasingly mobile world,
supporting 24/7 consumer demand, and enabling enterprises to securely leverage
the cloud. To learn more about how Akamai is accelerating the pace of innovation
in a hyperconnected world, please visit www.akamai.com or blogs.akamai.com, and
follow @Akamai on Twitter. 
Akamai Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act 
This release contains information about future expectations, plans and prospects
of Akamai's management that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes
of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these
forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors including,
but not limited to, failure of Akamai services to operate as expected or to
address intended market needs, a failure of Akamai's network infrastructure, and
other factors that are discussed in Akamai's Annual Report on Form 10-K,
quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other documents periodically filed with the
SEC. 
Media contact details 
Rebecca Kurian,
Akamai India,
+91 9900198743,
rkurian@akamai.com 
Rohit Gupta,
+91 8884407568,
rgupta@waggeneredstrom.com 
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