SingTel partners with Akamai to offer cloud-based DDoS mitigation services for enterprises in Asia Pacific
DDoS service complements SingTel’s multi-layered cyber security solutions
The Akamai Intelligent Platform provides quicker content delivery and business continuity
SINGAPORE – September 25, 2014 – Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) and Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), announced a partnership to offer cloud-based cyber security solutions to enterprises in Asia Pacific. This partnership will help companies strengthen their ability to cope with the volumetric and application types of Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks and other malicious web attacks. The partnership will leverage Akamai’s globally-distributed Intelligent Platform to deliver Akamai’s solutions for an enhanced customer experience.
DDoS attacks are committed by cyber criminals who stealthily command unrelated PCs and servers, often in different geographical locations, to saturate an enterprise’s bandwidth in order to overwhelm it. This can overload the enterprise’s servers, networks, info-communications platforms and applications, and severely disrupts normal operations and causes financial losses.
Mr. William Woo, Managing Director, Enterprise Data and Managed Services, SingTel said, “Enterprises today deploy mission critical applications such as enterprise resource planning, e-commerce, cloud-based applications and Unified Communications across wide area networks and the Internet. While these applications help enterprises to be more productive, agile and cost efficient, they also render enterprises more vulnerable to cyber attacks such as DDoS.
“The partnership with Akamai enhances our capabilities further to deal with DDoS, one of the most prevalent and damaging cyber threats, and provide a better customer experience through faster content delivery.”
The advanced cloud-based cyber security solution leverages the massive scale and capacity of a globally-distributed platform to swiftly neutralise DDoS threats and keep networks and websites up during DDoS attacks. Using this solution, SingTel can pre-emptively scrutinise, detect and block DDoS threats before they reach the targeted web services.
“This extends SingTel’s security perimeter and protection coverage to ensure that our customers’ servers, connectivity, web infrastructure and apps are secured against critical downtime and theft of commercial data, without loss of performance,” Mr Woo said.
According to Forrester, a DDoS attack costs an enterprise an estimate US$2.1 million dollars lost for every four hours of downtime and US$27 million for a 24-hour outage1. In addition, an enterprise suffers damage to its reputation and brand as well as loss of their customers’ trust.
Commenting on the partnership, Sanjay Singh, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific & Japan, at Akamai said, “Akamai has a long history with SingTel, first as our customer and now as a partner, and we share their commitment to helping businesses succeed in today’s hyperconnected world. We believe this partnership will enable SingTel to provide unparalleled security, availability and high-performance to their business customers, helping them drive their business and brand forward.”
The cloud-based DDoS mitigation service adds another level in SingTel’s multi-layered cyber security capabilities, which include incident response management and security analysis through SingTel’s Security Operations Centres. This service is offered on a monthly subscription basis, which translates into lower operating costs as enterprises need not make hefty upfront investments in hardware and software or maintain and update the complex systems.
Enterprises will also enjoy an enhanced customer experience through the Akamai Intelligent Platform which enables enterprises to host their media libraries, software downloads or entire website in a network of servers around the world. By replicating these contents in multiple locations, enterprises can deliver them closer to users more quickly hence lowering latency. In addition, it provides an added resilience and business continuity measure as enterprises can still maintain true high-availability platform for Web content and application delivery. This reduces enterprises’ need to maintain their own failover infrastructure.
Akamai® is the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications. At the core of the Company’s solutions is the Akamai Intelligent Platform™, providing extensive reach, coupled with unmatched reliability, security, visibility and expertise. Akamai removes the complexities of connecting the increasingly mobile world, supporting 24/7 consumer demand, and enabling enterprises to securely leverage the cloud. To learn more about how Akamai is accelerating the pace of innovation in a hyperconnected world, please visit www.akamai.com or blogs.akamai.com, and follow @Akamai on Twitter.
SingTel is Asia’s leading communications group providing a portfolio of services including voice and data solutions over fixed, wireless and Internet platforms as well as infocomm technology and pay TV. The Group has presence in Asia and Africa with over 500 million mobile customers in 25 countries, including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. It also has a vast network of offices throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States. For more information, please visit www.singtel.com.
1Forrester: Develop A Two-Phased DDoS Mitigation Strategy, John Kindervag, 17 May, 2013