Through the partnership, Rackspace and Akamai will help commercial customers secure their cloud workloads using Akamai’s Web Application and API Protector, which offers one-stop, zero-compromise security for websites, applications and APIs. It also provides a holistic set of powerful protections built for today’s modern applications and APIs with intelligent automation and simplicity. Additional benefits include automatic API discovery and security, adaptive and more accurate detections, built-in bot mitigation and cloud topology/architecture.
“We are focused on bringing best-in-class cloud security solutions to our customers and are excited about expanding our relationship with Akamai to provide expert guidance and Fanatical Support™ to unlock Akamai application protection for businesses that would previously be unable to afford such advanced capabilities,” said Gary Alterson, Vice President of Security Services at Rackspace Technology. “As organizations transform their networks and modernize their applications, securing websites, applications and APIs are increasingly mission-critical capabilities for organizations of all sizes.”
Applications and APIs represent a substantial attack threat for companies of all sizes. Gartner® reported, “By 2022, API abuses will move from an infrequent to the most-frequent attack vector, resulting in data breaches for enterprise web applications.” A recent report from Akamai notes researchers saw three times the number of such attacks in 2021 during the same time frame in 2020.
Rackspace Technology is offering Akamai’s Web Application and API Protection combined with its Rackspace Elastic Engineering for Security managed offer, which is available to customers globally and provides businesses with access to on-demand security experts to customize, optimize and manage their security postures. The new offering is geared to commercial businesses who may otherwise have difficulties accessing the expert security resources they need to onboard the advanced technologies Akamai offers. Rackspace Technology is an Akamai Partner and has deep knowledge and experience in cloud security and compliance, holding more than sixty Akamai certifications.
“Organizations are increasingly adopting cloud architectures that make them vulnerable to cyber-attacks,” said PJ Joseph, Executive Vice President Sales and Services, Akamai. “These vulnerabilities include an increase in DDoS attacks and growing use and subsequent abuse of APIs. We are pleased to partner with Rackspace to create new bundles of Akamai’s market-leading security services to address the application security needs of both enterprises and small to medium businesses.”