Show NotesEpisode #580
Federal TechTalk with John Gilroy
Date: January 8, 2019
Guest: Patrick Sullivan, Director, Security Technology and Strategy Akamai Technologies Akamai
Length: 40 minutes
Audio link: Federal Tech Talk with John Gilroy: #580
Patrick Sullivan Director, Security Technology and Strategy from Akamai starts off 2019. Most listeners know about Akamai because of its decades-long reputation for improving speed of delivery of Internet services world-wide. Well, today’s Akamai has taken advantage of its position as a leader in cyber security as well.
It makes sense – if your foundation is understanding network traffic, you can build on that expertise to control malicious traffic as well. During the interview Patrick talked about Zero Trust, bots, bot networks, software defined networks and . . . whew . . Security Operations Centers.
One fascinating aspect of the discussion was where to focus on cybersecurity. Patrick mentioned that any network system administrators tend to focus on securing the web interface; studies have shown that attackers prefer going after the Application Program Interface (API).
Another way the network can control is through log in attempts. Some studies estimate that between November 2017 and June 2018 there were 30 billion malicious attempts at logins. The rise of data from IoT and constant attack federal systems means that sometimes, controlling the network can reducing the attack surface at the edge.