Jul 21, 2020

Auth0’s cloud-based cybersecurity identity platform

Auth0
Cybersecurity
identity
Cloud
William Smith
2 min
Auth0 is a Bellevue, Washington-based provider of an identity management platform specifically built for development teams
Auth0 is a Bellevue, Washington-based provider of an identity management platform specifically built for development teams...

Auth0 is a Bellevue, Washington-based provider of an identity management platform specifically built for development teams.

As digital transformation spreads further and wider, it is crucial for companies to control access to ever more complex systems.

Accordingly, the company touts its capacity to work with any existing technology stack, and its ease of implementation thanks to SDKs and Quickstarts for any language and framework.

Features include universal login screens, single sign on, multi-factor authentication and user management capabilities for administrators.

Its customers include the likes of Atlassian, Siemens, AMD and Mazda, and Auth0 has won awards including inclusion on Forbes Cloud 100 and Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500

Since its foundation in 2013, the company has raised over $330mn from seven funding rounds. Its latest Series F saw the company raise $120mn from lead investor Salesforce Ventures, alongside WiL, Trinity Ventures, Telstra Ventures, Sapphire Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, Meritech Capital Partners, K9 Ventures, DTCP and Bessemer Venture Partners.

In a press release, Eugenio Pace, CEO, and co-founder of Auth0, said: “Achieving a Series F round of funding is an incredible milestone for our company, and we could not be more grateful to our new and existing investors for their support. Nearly every app and service relies on secure authentication and seamless user experience. Our year-over-year growth is reflective of the persistent problem that our technology is solving, and we are so proud to be part of our customers’ journey.”

The company said it would use the funds for innovation and market expansion.

“Auth0 is a leader in the large, fast-growing identity management market and has shown tremendous growth at scale,” said John Somorjai, EVP, Corporate Development & Salesforce Ventures at Salesforce. “Auth0’s expertise in end-to-end identity products is well-aligned with Salesforce's Customer 360 platform. We look forward to supporting their growth with this new strategic investment from Salesforce Ventures to drive further innovation for customers.”

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Jun 8, 2021

Fastly's CDN Reportedly to Blame for Global Internet Outage

Technology
Fastly
servers
websites
Tilly Kenyon & Oliver James Fr...
3 min
Multiple outages have hit social media, government, and news websites across the globe

A huge outage has brought down a number of major websites around the world. Among those affected are gov.uk, Hulu, PayPal, Vimeo, and news outlets such as CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times, BBC, and Financial Times.

It is thought a glitch at Fastly ─ a popular CDN provider ─ is causing the worldwide issue. Fastly has confirmed it’s facing an outage on its status website but fails to specify a reason for the fault ─ only that the problem isn’t limited to a single data centre and, instead, is a “global CDN disruption” that is potentially affecting the company’s global network.

“We’re currently investigating potential impact to performance with our CDN services,” the firm said.

What is Fastly?

Fastly is a content delivery network (CDN) company that helps users view digital content more quickly. The company also provides security, video delivery, and so-called edge computing services. They use strategically distributed, highly performant POPs to help move data and applications closer to users and deliver up-to-date content quickly.

The firm has been proving increasingly popular among leading media websites. After going public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2019, shares rose exponentially in price, but after today’s outages, Fastly’s value has taken a sharp 5.21% fall and are currently trading at US$48.06. 

What are CDNs?

Content delivery networks (CDNs) are a web of small computers, or servers, that link together to collaborate as a single computer. CDNs improve the performance of internet-connected devices by placing these servers as close as possible to the people using those devices in different locations, creating hundreds of points of presence, otherwise known as POPs.

They help minimise delays in loading web page content by reducing the physical distance between the server and the user. This helps users around the world view the same high-quality content without slow loading times. 

Without a CDN, content origin servers must respond to every single end-user request. This results in significant traffic to the origin and subsequent load, thereby increasing the chances for origin failure if the traffic spikes are exceedingly high or if the load is persistent.

The Risk of CDNs

Over time, developers have attempted to protect users from the dangers of overreliance through the implementation of load balancing, DDoS (Denial of Service) protection, web application firewalls, and a myriad of other security features. 

Clearly, by the state of today’s major website outage, these measures aren’t enough. Evidently, CDNs present a risk factor that is widely underestimated ─ which needs to be rectified with haste. Content delivery networks have become a key part of the global infrastructure, and so it’s imperative that organisations start to figure out risk mitigation strategies to protect companies reliant on the interconnected service from further disruption and disarray. 

Over the coming days, both Technology Magazine and Data Centre Magazine will continue to provide updates on the current situation as developments are made.

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