Akamai Technologies, the distributed edge and cloud company, has introduced an updated managed security service program and premium service offerings.
The new capabilities are intended to help customers protect their businesses 24x7 from the most sophisticated attacks with proactive monitoring and rapid response in the event of a cyber attack.
Customers can take advantage of access to more Akamai security experts, reduced pricing, and more direct assistance. In addition, a premium version of the service is available for customers seeking personalized support and prioritized escalation paths, the company states.
According to the company, an ever-widening attack surface is challenging organisations with credential stuffing and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that can disrupt and take down business services.
Financial services is one of the most-targeted sectors according to a recent Akamai State of the Internet report, 'Enemy at the Gates'. The industry has seen a 257% increase in web applications and API attacks, an 81% increase in bot activity that could lead to credential stuffing, and a 22% increase in DDoS targets year-over-year.
Roger Barranco, Vice President of Support Services at Akamai, says, "Businesses everywhere are struggling to defend against sophisticated cyber adversaries who are determined to create chaos and hinder business continuity.
"Our customers have asked for higher levels of service, which is what were delivering with Akamai's managed security service and premium offerings. We're partnering with our customers in a way that augments the availability of highly skilled proactive cybersecurity professionals."
Akamai Managed Security Services help customers realise new benefits including the following:
- Access to more Akamai Experts: Technical advisory hours with engagement managers and support delivery managers is included with no overage charges.
- More value: The basic package price of Akamai's Managed Security Service remains the same. Pricing per any additional App & API Protector with Advanced Security Management (AAP/ASM) managed policy, Bot Manager Premier (BMP) managed endpoint, and price per managed Page Integrity (PI) configuration have all been reduced.
- More assistance: Off-hours configuration assistance, Akamai University seats, and quarterly customer business reviews included.
Akamais premium service is designed to provide a customer-specific support experience and prioritised path to escalation. Premium service features include:
- Named resources: Customers will have 24/7 access to SOCC experts with customer-specific information to drive better outcomes and alignment.
- Increased communication: Proactive communication from SOCC subject matter experts.
- Reviews: Regular reviews with Akamai SOCC experts to collaborate and exchange information.
- Superior monitoring: Customers will have access to enhanced site monitoring and a customer-specific Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) view in the SOCC dashboard.
- Faster escalations: Customers will have immediate access to Akamai subject matter experts and a quicker escalation path to SOCC management.