Lights Out: Super Bowl and OCSP

Bruce Morton

We were monitoring the performance of our OCSP service over the weekend and found an odd dip. In this case, the OCSP traffic indicates that users are going to sites protected with Entrust SSL certificates.

After a little digging, it was found the dip was related to the Super Bowl (times are EST).

 

Some of this is normal traffic changes, but it can be clearly seen that traffic dropped at the start of the game, increased at halftime and the blackout, decreased for the second half and then increased after the game.

Funny that Internet traffic increased at halftime. I thought those users would have wanted to see Beyoncé.

Bruce Morton
Bruce Morton
Director, Certificate Technology & Standards

Bruce Morton has worked in the public key infrastructure and digital certificate industry for more than 15 years and has focused on SSL and other publicly trusted certificates since 2005. He has been an active member of the CA/Browser Forum that released guidelines for extended validation (EV) certificates and Baseline Requirements for SSL certificates. Bruce oversees the governance and compliance of Entrust’s publicly trusted PKI.

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