F5 Networks Announces New Offerings of Web and Fraud Protection Services
Feb 25 14
F5 Networks announced two new offerings. F5(R) Secure Web Gateway Services enables enterprises to defend against potential malware threats encountered by employees who regularly access web pages and use web-based applications, Software as a Service (SaaS) applications, and social media sites. With this solution, enterprises can consolidate their security infrastructures and better enforce policy and regulatory requirements. Complementing this solution is F5's Web Fraud Protection reference architecture, which helps enterprises protect their users and customers from web-based and mobile threats, regardless of the type of device or browser they use or the location from which they access the Internet and web-based applications. Together, these solutions help enterprises protect against advanced persistent web threats, ensure policy compliance, and improve employee productivity. These latest security-focused offerings add to F5's growing repertoire of Software Defined Application Services(TM) (SDAS(TM)), designed to help customers deploy applications safely and reliably in any IT environment. In November 2013, as part of its F5 Synthesis(TM) vision, F5 announced the DDoS Protection reference architecture to help enterprises ensure network and application availability, and the Cloud Federation reference architecture to enable enterprises to safely use SaaS applications. secure web gateway services highlights are enterprises are more vulnerable to web-based malware as employees increasingly use the corporate network to access web- and cloud-based tools, SaaS applications, and social media sites. Those that grant employees unrestricted Internet access face potential challenges of declining productivity, Internet abuse, and bandwidth saturation due to unnecessary use of network resources. F5's Secure Web Gateway Services solves these challenges by ensuring that employees are accessing the Internet in ways that enhance their productivity and, at the same time, protect the enterprise from potential liability and web-based threats. The solution is unique in that it integrates secure web gateway capabilities with other access services such as SSL VPN, identity federation, VDI access proxies, and web access management. As a result, F5 customers can configure and enforce context- and content-aware application access policies for inbound and outbound traffic on a single platform, reducing the number of appliances in the network. While other vendors' solutions often require customers to deploy multiple appliances that provide only a fraction of the desired performance, F5's Secure Web Gateway Services delivers superior price/performance and can reduce a customer's total cost of ownership by as much as 67% over competitive offerings. Additional differentiators of F5 Secure Web Gateway Services are combines the most scalable access gateway with the most effective real-time web threat intelligence Identifies and authenticates users and assesses risk based on full user-application context. Inspects endpoints before allowing users to connect to the Internet and after users have connected. Enables configuration of both inbound and outbound user access policies and extends visibility and control, even when users access SaaS applications through SAML assertions. Supports single sign-on (SSO), enabling authenticated users to connect to other authorized web and SaaS applications. web fraud protection solution highlights are enterprises must not only protect their networks, applications, and data, they must protect their customers, too. Customers of companies with public-facing web properties and services--particularly banks and financial institutions, e-commerce companies, and social media sites--are increasingly vulnerable to malware and phishing attacks designed to steal identity, data, and money. F5's Web Fraud Protection reference architecture comprises F5 MobileSafe(TM) and F5 WebSafe(TM). While MobileSafe provides fraud protection for mobile devices and applications, WebSafe enables enterprises to protect their customers from online-based threats such as credentials theft, automated fraudulent transactions, and phishing attacks. WebSafe is distinct from competitors' offerings because it is the only clientless solution that can transparently inspect the endpoint, detect malware activity, and provide protection from it. A subscription-based solution, WebSafe also features 24x7x365 support provided by F5's Security Operations Center (SOC), acquired as part of F5's purchase of Versafe in September 2013. Since then, the SOC, which conducts advanced security research, has released key threat intelligence data regarding zero-day vulnerabilities and the latest fraud, phishing, and malware attacks. As part of the WebSafe offering, the SOC monitors attacks in real time, notifies customers of threats, and if necessary, can shut down phishing sites. F5's Web Fraud Protection solution provides an on-premises and cloud alert system, transparently protects users on any device, any browser detects and can shut down phishing sites, encrypts logins and web transactions in real time, distinguishes between human-generated and automated (fraudulent) transactions. F5 Secure Web Gateway Services and the F5 Web Fraud Protection reference architecture are both available.
F5 Networks Mulls Acquisitions
Feb 24 14
F5 Networks, Inc. (NasdaqGS:FFIV) is seeking acquisitions. John McAdam, Chief Executive Officer of F5 Networks said, "We are always on the look-out for acquisitions. It’s always small - we don’t want to go big because you can really make mistakes when you do that."
Oi Selects F5 Networks Diameter Signaling Solution
Feb 24 14
F5 Networks announced that Oi selected the F5(R) Traffix(TM) Signaling Delivery Controller(TM) (SDC(TM)) to meet the Diameter signaling management demands of their LTE network. Signaling serves a crucial function within a telecommunications network's internal communication system. For 4G/LTE, signaling is based on the Diameter protocol, with agents that control LTE device (smartphones, tablets, etc.) communications. Each user action (such as web browsing, sending photos, or downloading videos) generates signaling messages that traverse the network. To streamline the user experience and achieve optimum LTE network performance, these communications require management and resource prioritization.
Given the Diameter protocol's essential role in modern data networks, the efficient handling of signaling traffic is an important element of F5's offerings for service providers, and of the company's goal to help mobility clients maintain optimal network performance. Diameter signaling solutions such as the F5 Traffix SDC provide telecommunications operators the information they need to employ user-specific management policies, perform user device authentication, and efficiently manage network performance. Additionally, users can configure the Diameter protocol as a Diameter Edge Agent to enable global roaming services. The rollout of LTE networks has led to massive increases in network traffic. In turn, each LTE-enabled device adds demands on signaling as well. The F5 Traffix SDC ensures the delivery of signaling volumes, regardless of the operators LTE core network equipment. Additionally, with its wide range of interoperability, the SDC solution enables roaming operations with optimum security, even between telecommunications operators that use different technologies and vendors for services.