New F5 products enhance app security
F5’s SSL Orchestrator and Access Manager solutions offer dedicated security
F5 Networks has introduced new offerings that provide enhanced access controls and dedicated SSL visibility with orchestration capabilities to help thwart cyber-attacks.
While most traffic and data handled by applications is now encrypted, many security stack service offerings (e.g., firewalls and IPS) are unable to efficiently process SSL encrypted traffic at the scale and speed businesses demand. Beyond mere SSL awareness and offload, F5 SSL Orchestrator provides policy-based orchestration capabilities across the full security service chain for any network topology, device, or application.
“Applications are everywhere, and increasingly interrelated, with many added capabilities inadvertently yielding new opportunities for attack,” said Ram Krishnan, SVP and General Manager, Security at F5. “Our value proposition is simple: we give you the ability to deploy standalone or integrated security for all types of applications, environments, and use cases. Customers enjoy the versatility of world-class products, cloud-based solutions, support services, and F5’s broad security capabilities that can protect applications better than anyone else in the industry.”
Orchestration on this level groups devices into services to intelligently decrypt and steer traffic, allowing for independent monitoring, load balancing, and scaling to adapt to changing network conditions and increasing traffic demands. This marks a vast improvement over the industry’s legacy security model, where piecemeal inspection devices perform decryption independently, frequently leaving gaps for attackers.
As a dedicated security appliance delivering insight to mitigate threats traversing the network, SSL Orchestrator provides, among others, higher levels of operational efficiency thanks to dynamic service chaining and policy-based traffic steering which helps organisations intelligently manage encrypted traffic flows across the entire app security infrastructure.
It also guarantees high-performance decryption and encryption of inbound and outbound SSL/TLS traffic, enabling quicker threat detection and attack remediation. Lastly, SSL orchestration enables organisations to maximise their investments around malware, DLP, ransomware, and firewall protections, safeguarding user privacy through hardened security with robust cipher management.
F5 Access Manager: new identity-aware access proxy
Applications remain the principal gateways to organisations’ and individuals’ valuable information. F5 Access Manager protects sensitive data with a Zero Trust model while providing access for authorised users, devices, and APIs, guarding against pervasive threats such as man-in-the-middle attacks. Product features enable organisations to think outside of traditional security boundaries, empowering them to unlock additional business models and operational efficiencies without compromising protections around apps, users, and data.
As a secure, flexible, high-performance proxy solution delivering unified global access management, F5 Access Manager provides:
- Context-sensitive policies with guided configuration deliver trusted access to users, devices, and APIs for increased business efficiency, while real-time web-form encryption safeguards user credentials and prevents fraud.
- A centralised solution for access control, including API authorisation. This means DevOps teams can hand off apps to NetOps personnel more quickly, and NetOps can better deliver a consistent user experience without sacrificing manageability.
- With advanced F5 Virtual Edition support and high-capacity licensing, Access Manager provides the scale necessary to bridge on-prem app functionality to the cloud, effectively integrating with IDaaS solutions and capabilities to support evolving heterogenous environments.