F5 BIG-IP solutions now offer cloud-based service to guard against malicious activity, emerging threats, and IP address-related attacks
F5 Networks, Inc., the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, recently announced a cloud-based service that enables organizations to safeguard their infrastructures by detecting and stopping access from IP addresses associated with malicious activity. By identifying relevant IP addresses and leveraging intelligence from cloud-context security solutions, F5’s new IP Intelligence service combines valuable information on the latest threats with the unified policy enforcement capabilities of the BIG-IP application delivery platform. The BIG-IP system’s ability to seamlessly combine subscription-based services from F5 with external services provides customers with a compelling new way to enhance overall security.
“Organizations are looking for security solutions that can dynamically synthesize information from a variety of sources to give infrastructures the maximum level of protection against sophisticated cyber attacks,” said Mark Vondemkamp, Sr. Director, Product Management, Security at F5. “At the same time, enterprises must preserve the flexibility to customize their systems and add safeguards as network and access conditions change, and as new types of threats emerge. F5’s IP Intelligence service enables customers to pool disparate threat detection capabilities, block malicious IP addresses, and tailor performance to specific needs by leveraging F5’s powerful BIG-IP Application Security Manager and iRules technologies.”
Enhancing Security Posture while Lowering Overall Security Spend
Companies delivering today’s rich Internet content are exposed to a variety of attacks from rapidly changing IP addresses and other variables. In addition, inbound and outbound botnet traffic and malware activity can penetrate security layers and consume precious resources. Typically, organizations deploy point solutions such as IP reputation services to block malicious activity and sites, but unless these solutions are integrated with an Application Delivery Controller, they are not able to offer comprehensive, dynamic protection. Plus, enterprises can reduce their overall security spend by taking advantage of the BIG-IP solution’s ability to deliver unified services on a single platform.
Leveraging a frequently updated list of threat sources and high-risk IP addresses, F5’s new IP Intelligence service delivers contextual awareness and analysis of IP requests to identify threats from multiple sources across the Internet. The service draws on the expertise of a global threat-sensor network and IP address database to detect malicious activity, and can offer protection throughout the application delivery infrastructure with F5’s unified BIG-IP architecture.
F5’s new IP Intelligence service enables customers to:
“As web threats increase in sophistication and volume, enterprises want cloud-based security and threat intelligence services to augment their on-premise security deployments,” said Phil Hochmuth, Program Manager for Security Products Research at IDC. “The integration of F5’s BIG-IP web protection capabilities with cloud-based IP reputation and protection services will help F5 customers bolster their security infrastructure and make the BIG-IP into a more valuable security asset.”
“F5’s IP Intelligence service delivers substantial advantages for customers interested in protection from malicious IP addresses and attacks,” said Vid Sista, Network and Security Practice Director at Accudata Systems. “We continue to see customers striving for increased efficiency and effectiveness of their IT systems to contribute to their organization’s overall success. With F5’s consolidated security platform, enterprises can easily add new services and scale their infrastructures.”
F5’s IP Intelligence service and the company’s other technologies described in this announcement are available now with BIG-IP version 11.2 software.
About F5 Networks
F5 Networks, Inc., the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), helps the world’s largest enterprises and service providers realize the full value of virtualization, cloud computing, and on-demand IT. F5 solutions help integrate disparate technologies to provide greater control of the infrastructure, improve application delivery and data management, and give users seamless, secure, and accelerated access to applications from their corporate desktops and smart devices. An open architectural framework enables F5 customers to apply business policies at “strategic points of control” across the IT infrastructure and into the public cloud. F5 products give customers the agility they need to align IT with changing business conditions, deploy scalable solutions on demand, and manage mobile access to data and services. Enterprises, service and cloud providers, and leading online companies worldwide rely on F5 to optimize their IT investments and drive business forward. For more information, visit www.f5.com.
SOURCE: F5 Networks