Quarter after quarter, global broadband speeds edge higher, providing users around the world with faster access to the Internet. Unfortunately, even as Internet users benefit from increased speeds, there is a growing number of security risks, according to the third-quarter 2015 State of the Internet (SOTI) reports from Akamai. Akamai issues two separate SOTI reports, the security-focused report, which it released on Dec. 8, and the network-specific report that was released on Dec. 16. In the third quarter, the average global connection speed into Akamai’s network was 5.1M bps, a 14 percent year-over-year gain. The average connection speed in the United States was 12.6M bps—a 9.4 percent year-over-year gain—ranking the U.S. 16th globally. From a security perspective, Akamai reported that it defended against 1,510 distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks in the quarter, which is a 180 percent year-over-year increase. While the number of DDoS attacks rose, the top DDoS attack in the quarter came in at 149G bps, a decline from the 250G-bps peak reported in the second quarter. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at some of the key findings in the 3Q15 Akamai State of the Internet report.

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