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Press Release -- March 7th, 2019
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Akamai’s Kona Site Defender Wins ‘Best Web Application Solution’ At SC Media’s SC Awards Ceremony

Cambridge, MA | March 06, 2019

SC Media's SC Awards program has selected Akamai Technologies' (NASDAQ:AKAM, news, filings) Kona Site Defender as the Best Web Application Solution, bestowing the award during the 23rd annual SC Awards gala held Tuesday night of the RSA Conference in San Francisco, presented by SC Media. Chosen by a distinguished group of leading IT security professionals, the SC Awards honor the achievements of companies and information security professionals who have proven to be the best in the industry for protecting today’s corporate world from an array of risks and threats.

"For nearly two decades, Akamai has been dedicated to making the internet safe for businesses and maximizing security for our customers. We could not be more proud to accept this honor from this panel of distinguished professionals, as it validates our efforts in the InfoSec, threat research, and over-arching security community," said Rick McConnell, President and GM at Akamai. "Accolades such as SC Awards, which are organized and selected by the industry’s most respected leaders, motivate the team at Akamai to continue to develop and provide innovative and business critical solutions."

Kona Site Defender provides a robust and flexible application and API security solution that is designed to protect digital businesses from DDoS and web application attacks. It combines Akamai's proprietary web application firewall (WAF) rule set, created and automatically updated based on visibility into the latest attacks, with protections that organizations can customize for their specific business needs. Akamai’s Intelligent Edge Security also delivers advanced capabilities including client reputation, API governance, and bot protections delivered as an integrated, intelligent service at the edge of the internet.

Akamai's web application security solutions have also recently received recognition from key industry analysts, including receiving the highest scores in two of the three analyzed use cases in Gartner's 2018 Critical Capabilities for Cloud Web Application Firewalls Services report1 where Akamai ranked highest in the web scale critical business applications and mobile applications use cases. In addition, Akamai was recognized as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Application Firewalls2 for the second year in a row. The company was also cited as a Leader in Forrester's most recent Wave report for Web Application Firewalls3.

The SC Awards accolade is just one recent example of independent industry recognition for Akamai's security solutions. Last month, Akamai announced that its Enterprise Application Access (EAA) offering will be the recipient of three awards in the upcoming 15th Annual 2019 Info Security PG’s Global Excellence Awards, including Best Enterprise Secure Access Solution, Best Security Solution for Retail, and Best Innovation in Enterprise Security.

In addition, Akamai's chief executive officer, Dr. Tom Leighton, was awarded with 2019 SC Awards’ first ever Visionary award. As part of SC Media’s year-long celebration of its 30th anniversary in the cybersecurity industry, the annual SC Awards were expanded to include several special categories. Chosen by the media company’s editorial team, the Visionaries of the Last 30 Years category honors those who have shaped the industry and will serve to impact the future.

The SC Awards are recognized throughout the cybersecurity industry and are the crowning achievement for IT security professionals and products. Each year, hundreds of applications are reviewed and narrowed down to a select group of finalists that represent the best solutions and services and the professionals working around the clock to protect today's businesses from an ever-changing landscape of security threats. For more information and a detailed list of categories, finalists and winners, please visit https://scawardsus.com/.

About Akamai

Akamai secures and delivers digital experiences for the world’s largest companies. Akamai’s intelligent edge platform surrounds everything, from the enterprise to the cloud, so customers and their businesses can be fast, smart, and secure. Top brands globally rely on Akamai to help them realize competitive advantage through agile solutions that extend the power of their multi-cloud architectures. Akamai keeps decisions, apps and experiences closer to users than anyone - and attacks and threats far away. Akamai’s portfolio of edge security, web and mobile performance, enterprise access and video delivery solutions is supported by unmatched customer service, analytics and 24/7/365 monitoring. To learn why the world’s top brands trust Akamai, visit www.akamai.com, blogs.akamai.com, or @Akamai on Twitter.

1Gartner, Critical Capabilities for Cloud Web Application Firewalls Services, Jeremy D'Hoinne, Ayal Tirosh, Claudio Neiva, Adam Hils 6 December.

2Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Web Application Firewalls, Jeremy D'Hoinne, Adam Hils, Ayal Tirosh, Claudio Neiva, 29 August 2018.

3The Forrester Wave™: Web Application Firewalls, Q2 2018.

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