F5 Networks, Inc. is a transnational company that specializes in application services and application delivery networking (ADN). F5 technologies focus on the delivery, security, performance, and availability of web applications, including the availability of computing, storage, and network resources. F5 is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with additional development, manufacturing, and administrative offices worldwide.
F5’s offering was originally based on a load-balancing product, but has since expanded to include acceleration, application security, and DDoS defense. F5 technologies are available in data center and cloud environments.
F5 Networks, originally named F5 Labs, was established in 1996.
F5’s first product (launched in 1997) was a load balancer called BIG-IP. When a server went down or became overloaded, BIG-IP directed traffic away from that server to other servers that could handle the load.
In June 1999, the company had its initial public offering and was listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange with symbol FFIV.
In 2010 and 2011, F5 Networks was on Fortune’s list of 100 Fastest-Growing Companies. The company was also rated one of the top ten best-performing stocks by S&P 500 in 2010. F5 was also named a Best Place to Work by online jobs and recruiting site Glassdoor in 2015 and 2016.
Competitors included Cisco Systems (until 2012), Citrix Systems, and Radware.
François Locoh-Donou replaced John McAdam as president and CEO on April 3, 2017.
On May 3, 2017, F5 announced that it would move from its longtime headquarters on the waterfront near Seattle Center to a new downtown Seattle skyscraper that will be called F5 Tower. The move occurred in early 2019.
In 2017 F5 launched a dedicated site and organization focused on gathering global threat intelligence data, analyzing application threats, and publishing related findings, dubbed “F5 Labs” in a nod to the company’s history. The team continues to research application threats and publish findings every week to benefit the broader security community.
Protect your apps, data, and business.
Your apps’ data—usernames, passwords, business development plans, IP—is your business’s most valuable asset. It’s valuable to attackers, too. Today’s fast evolving threats often evade traditional defenses. Protect your data and your business—think app security first.
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Advanced Web Application Firewall (WAF)
Protects against the most prevalent attacks on your apps, without having to update the apps themselves.
Why Advanced WAF?
Protect against the most prevalent attacks on your apps, without having to update the apps themselves
Automated attacks and bots
Automated attacks and bots can overwhelm application resources.
Attacks that steal application credentials or take advantage of compromised accounts.
Attacks on mobile clients
Bots that target browser-based and mobile clients.
Application-layer attacks can evade signature and reputation-based security solutions.
Web app and API attacks
New attack surfaces and threats due to the rapid adoption of APIs.
Targeted attack campaigns
Active attack campaigns are difficult to detect from singular attacks.
Provides visibility into SSL and TLS traffic at scale.
Maximize infrastructure investments, efficiencies, and security with dynamic, policy-based decryption, encryption, and traffic steering through multiple inspection devices.
What you can’t see will hurt you.
Over 80% of page loads are encrypted with SSL/TLS. Attackers commonly use encryption to hide malicious payloads. If you’re not inspecting SSL/TLS traffic, you will miss attacks, and leave your organization vulnerable. SSL Orchestrator provides robust decryption/encryption of SSL/TLS traffic.
DDoS Hybrid Defender
The only multi-layered defense that protects against blended network attacks and sophisticated application attacks, while enabling full SSL decryption, anti-bot capabilities, and advanced detection methods.
Get comprehensive DDoS protection for your network and at the application layer with flexibility and scale for inline, out-of-band, and hybrid deployments.
SOPHISTICATED ATTACKS REQUIRE SOPHISTICATED SOLUTIONS.
Traditional DDoS solutions focus solely on a narrow range of attacks. Here are some of the reasons they’re only partially effective:
- By black-holing or rate-limiting, they cripple the connections of legitimate users in network layer (or flood) attacks.
- They’re blind to SSL traffic and dependent on their placement in the network when application layer attacks hit.
- On-premises defenses are rendered useless when a WAN bandwidth saturation shuts down Internet connectivity.
Fortunately, DDoS Hybrid Defender provides a greater depth of defense. It’s the only multi-layered defense that protects against blended network attacks and sophisticated application attacks, while enabling full SSL decryption, anti-bot capabilities, and advanced detection methods—all in one appliance. It also delivers the highest performance with line-rate capabilities and without impacting legitimate traffic.
Access Policy Manager
Security starts with trusted access. Access Policy Manager secures, simplifies, and protects user access to apps and data.
Unifies application access while enhancing security, usability, and scalability.
SECURITY STARTS WITH TRUSTED ACCESS
The challenge is, you need to know where users are connecting from, what device they’re using, and what they’re trying to connect to.
Access Policy Manager secures, simplifies, and protects user access to apps and data, while delivering the most scalable access gateway on the market.
Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)
Scales to shut down high-capacity DDoS attacks that can overwhelm firewalls and networks. Automatically invokes mitigation, alerts security admins, and configures or adjusts thresholds as traffic patterns change without affecting legitimate traffic.
Protect your network against incoming threats, including the most massive and complex DDoS attacks.
PROTECT YOUR DATA CENTER.
DDoS attacks saturate bandwidth, consume network resources, and disrupt application services. Can your infrastructure successfully fend them off? Advanced Firewall Manager mitigates network threats before they disrupt critical data center resources.
Silverline managed security services
Reduce the burden on in-house security teams with cloud-based WAF and DDoS protections. Includes 24×7 access to experts from our Security Operations Center (SOC).
SECURE YOUR APPS, WHEREVER THEY RESIDE
Deploy security services for every app, anywhere, without upfront investments in IT infrastructure and support.
Silverline DDoS Protection
Silverline detects and mitigates even the largest of volumetric DDoS attacks at layer 3-7, before they reach your network.
Silverline Web Application Firewall
Available as a managed service, Silverline protects web apps and data, while ensuring compliance with PCI DSS.
Secure Web Gateway Services
Gain insight and control over web traffic, and balance web access with security.
Balance web access with security
We live in an online world, but uncontrolled, company-wide web access exposes your network and applications to myriad threats. Secure Web Gateway Services keeps your team connected without putting your network, applications, or data at risk.
It goes both ways.
Secure Web Gateway Services verifies endpoint integrity before and after users connect to the web. It’s the only web access gateway to secure against both inbound and outbound malware.
Take the good, leave the bad.
With powerful URL categorization and filters, you can allow, block, or confirm and continue access to sites and applications, on a user-by-user basis. It provides security without compromising employee productivity.
The details are in the data.
Gather content- and context-aware data, then process it using powerful malware analytics tools, so you can detect patterns that indicate complex attack vectors, like advanced persistent threats (APTs).
Connect to a cloud-based threat intelligence system that monitors web and social media content. By processing up to five billion content requests daily, it analyzes a substantial amount of current data to proactively predict, locate, and identify the latest threats.
WebSafe and MobileSafe
App security that detects financial malware, identifies fraudulent transactions, and combats phishing scams without requiring your customers to download anything.
Web fraud protection.
WebSafe and MobileSafe provide greater online fraud protection to prevent credential theft, malware, and phishing.
About WebSafe and MobileSafe
Keep your web-based apps safe
WebSafe delivers web fraud protection that safeguards banks, e-retailers, and other organizations exposed to online fraud. It protects online customers from a broad range of web fraud across all devices—without impacting the user experience.