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BLOG: Akamai researchers on BroBot DDoS and adversarial resilience

Bill Brenner | April 24, 2013
Two of the more interesting talks I attended during SOURCE Boston 2013 were from Akamai.

--CMS users can be more diligent in adding patches as they're released, and remove unused plug-ins. The more customized your site is, the more plug-ins you probably have sitting there. Users can also add IDS and turn off unused sites.

--Hosting providers can set up safer defaults, offer automatic updates and offer a fully managed CMS.

The other talk, by security researcher Christian Ternus, was about Akamai's Adversarial Resilience program. The goal: better protect Akamai's customers by thinking like those who those who attack them.

"At Akamai the attack surface is huge," Ternus said. "As the bad guys attack our customers, we are constantly being tested to see if our systems are good enough. What's needed then is resilience -- the ability to adapt. Our job is to think and act like the adversary to make Akamai safer."


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