F5 launches advanced WAF for multi-cloud app

F5 Networks announced its Advanced Web Application Firewall (WAF) solution for comprehensive application protection. The new WAF supports a variety of consumption and licensing models, including a per-app basis, as well as perpetual, subscription, and utility billing options for ultimate flexibility in the cloud and the data center.

This helps SecOps better collaborate with modern DevOps and NetOps teams to easily deploy app protection services in any environment that can be configured for individual applications or en masse. F5’s holistic approach to application security reduces management complexity, decreases OpEx, and efficiently delivers services to neutralize attacks.

In a statement, the company said, “The new Advanced WAF pushes F5 far beyond competitive products, also enhancing the company’s self-service WAF Express and managed Silverline WAF offerings. As examples of its differentiated functionality, F5’s Advanced WAF gives customers superior protections against credential theft and abuse. It is the most scalable WAF solution in the market that comes with comprehensive mitigation of web and mobile bot threats. It has layer 7 DDoS detection using machine learning and behavioral analytics for high accuracy.”

“Recent research from F5 Labs revealed that applications are the initial targets in the majority of breaches, suggesting that any app can be an attack vector,” said Ram Krishnan, SVP and General Manager of the Security business unit at F5. “Cybercriminals are using sophisticated application-layer exploits, as well as an emerging wave of automated, bot, and IoT-based threats that are quite capable of evading simple signature or reputation-based detection. F5 offers the most complete application protection, with Advanced WAF as a foundational technology that can be deployed, managed, and consumed in the manner that best suits our customers.”