Meeting the Demand for Publishing Security Updates to Millions of Customers Every 4 Hours
Switching to Limelight Content Delivery and Cloud Storage services
As modern networks have grown more complex and the number of different types of devices that connect to those networks has increased, the solutions designed to protect organizations from security threats have grown in complexity as well. For nearly 30 years Sophos, headquartered in Oxford, UK, has been developing solutions that not only protect its customers' networks, end users and data from threats, but that also take the complexity out of IT security. Sophos' philosophy is "simple security is better security," and today the company helps protect over 200,000 organizations and over 100 million end users in 150 countries from a wide range of security threats.
Sophos analysts monitor and research potential threats from around the globe as they happen. SophosLab facilities in the UK, Australia, Hungary, and Canada collect data and respond to new threats 24/7/365. They draw upon multiple data points—millions of emails, URLS, files—that come into the labs each day to develop new security definitions in real-time. In order to keep pace with downloading security updates, Sophos realized they could no longer serve their growing customer base from their own network.
Ten years ago as their simplified approach to automatically pushing out security software updates to their customers gained popularity, the Sophos Operations team adopted the use of a content delivery network (CDN). Today, Sophos publishes security and identity updates every 4 hours, 365 days a year to tens of millions of endpoints; an impossible task without a CDN that is scalable, reliable and fast.
To meet Sophos’ needs for its growing business and the increasing complexity of providing leading IT security solutions, Sophos evaluated its CDN requirements and decided it needed a change. The team began by pulling together a short-list of potential vendors to evaluate. Based upon their research and Industry Analyst recommendations, Sophos decided to enter into an extensive proof of concept (POC) and trial engagement with Limelight Networks.
Could reliably, securely and rapidly distribute 400-500 TB/month of software updates around the globe
Provided the robust reporting and logging capabilities that allowed them to track software versions and gain intelligence about how their customers were using their products
Ensured seamless delivery in the background, especially when traffic peaks at 40GB/second
Was responsive to support inquiries and easier to do business with
Over a series of months, the Sophos Operations team was convinced that making the switch was the right decision.