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Can Akamai Save the Cloud From Itself? : Motley Fool


By Tim Beyers
December 15, 2009 | Comments (0)

Akamai (Nasdaq: AKAM) is already delivering Web content. Now, it wants to protect what it delivers.

This week, the industry’s top content delivery network (CDN) agreed to work with Breach Security to implement what it calls Web Application Firewall, a service that hunts for and stops malicious traffic that lives in the Web’s "applications layer."

Confused yet? I’ve been there, Fool. In the simplest terms, the Web’s applications layer is where user data travels, and where cloud computing comes to life. Each time you identify yourself to (Nasdaq: AMZN) for a purchase, you’re in the applications layer. This is the Web at its most functional, and its most vulnerable.

Breach Security, for its part, is the lead sponsor for an open-source Web firewall project called ModSecurity. Akamai will use the project’s highly developed rule set to sniff out and filter attacks. (Security systems use rules to identify when an attack is in progress.)

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