In a bid to bolster its security solutions portfolio, cloud application and network specialist Akamai Technologies announced Monday that it has agreed to acquire Prolexic Technologies for $370 million. Akamai said the acquisition will help the company’s customers mitigate denial of service (DDoS) attacks, an increasingly popular form of cyber-attack.
Google, Microsoft and Facebook are among eight leading cloud and tech firms calling for sweeping reform in how US intelligence agencies gather data in bulk and restrict the ability of service providers to inform their customers on the extent and nature of government requests for such data, according to an open letter published by the group today.
Two members of European Parliament, Claude Moraes (MEP, Labour) and Jan-Philipp Albrecht (MEP, Green Party), have proposed a number of legal initiatives to the EU Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) to address growing tension between US mass surveillance activities and EU data protection reform efforts. The MEPs said the mechanisms will help give certainty to what are currently legal grey areas as well as restore trust and transparency in transatlantic data transfers.
The revelations that continue to pour out of Edward Snowden and Glen Greenwald, regarding the NSA’s capabilities to mass-collect data from some of the largest technology companies in the world, has pushed the debate of public vs. private cloud to a fevered pitch. I’ve heard this conversation manifesting itself in different ways around the globe, but in the EU its mostly centered on the control of personal data, and how individuals and companies alike can ensure the security of their confidential information – a growing challenge for enterprises today.
Following revelations that the NSA hacked the interconnection between the public internet and private datacentre links of several high-profile internet companies, Yahoo is to encrypt all data flowing between its datacentres by March 2014.
Alcatel-Lucent has made its first foray into the cyber security sector by partnering with security specialist Arbor Networks to deliver DDoS (distributed denial of service) protection to Telindus Telecom in Luxembourg.
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), a not-for profit organisation creating and promoting best practice for security in cloud computing today unveiled a new initiative called the Software Defined Perimeter, a project focusing on developing end-to-end network security for cloud-based applications. The CSA told Business Cloud News that the initiative will test novel security methods that, while making use of tried and tested bits and pieces, have never been implemented.
Cloud security automation specialist HyTrust has been gaining traction as of late, and earlier this week the company announced that it has secured $18.5 million in series C financing in order to help scale up its security-as-a-service outfit.
Deutsche Telekom has said it will avoid routing customers’ email traffic through US hosted infrastructure and will step up email security in the wake of the NSA PRISM spying scandal.
US-based encrypted email service Lavabit has shut up shop in the wake of the PRISM scandal, with its founder warning against trusting data to any company with physical ties to the US.