Paul Riccobene, Chief Network Architect, E.W. Scripps

Scripps relies on Juniper SRX Series Firewalls to securely connect TV stations, tech hubs & more!

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The opening sequence shows Mark Luciano, Senior Director of Infrastructure, E.W. Scripps in front of a blue screen that includes a series of Scripps logos. His full name and title is listed on screen.

Enabling secure, prime-time-ready branch connectivity.

Scripps's Chief Network Architect, Paul Riccobene, and Senior Director of Infrastructure, Mark Luciano, share how Scripps relies on Juniper SRX Series Firewalls to securely connect its TV stations, tech hubs, data centers, office, and cloud connections.

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You’ll learn

  • Why Scripps backtracked on the rollout of a new third-party SD-WAN solution to branches

  • How relying on Juniper SRX Series Firewalls led to performance improvements, a stable VPN, and lower costs

Who is this for?

Network Professionals Security Professionals


Mark Luciano
Senior Director of Infrastructure, E.W. Scripps

Guest speakers

Paul Riccobene
Chief Network Architect, E.W. Scripps


0:02 Scripps has been around for over a hundred  years. We're one of the nation's largest  

0:07 local TV broadcasters. And we had huge  challenges with getting SD-WAN to work  

0:14 through another company. We just couldn't get  it to meet our needs. When you're in video and  

0:19 audio distribution, it's so critical that  there's no latency. That was a challenge. 

0:25 We had a strong relationship with Juniper.  Probably 99% of our stations are on Juniper SRX  

0:32 550 firewalls right now. And we decided to move  back to what we knew. That was a tried and true  

0:39 platform, just going back to our SRX firewalls to  create our IPsec tunnels between locations. You  

0:46 can't build a house on a on a shoddy foundation.  Right? That's cracked or leaning. And you know,  

0:52 I look at the SRX as kind of our foundation.  It's rock solid, we can build upon that. 

0:58 Probably two of the biggest performance  improvements we saw when we switched back  

1:02 to doing the Juniper VPN tunnels were one, our  hub operators were telling us they saw about a  

1:07 20% increase in round-trip times for management of  devices. And the second thing was that we actually  

1:14 had a very, very stable VPN environment. Once we  switched everything over to the Juniper solution,  

1:20 we found out that we didn't need the  MPLS anymore and we got the exact same  

1:25 performance across the VPN tunnels on the  Juniper as we did with the existing MPLS,  

1:30 but at a much, much lower cost. It has just dramatically improved  

1:34 since we've been using this. We've always  known that it works. We just kind of had to  

1:38 get back to knowing kind of that rock-solid  foundation. It's just such an improvement.

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