Multiplying applications means multiplying risks
Applications today are everywhere, crossing boundaries between personal and professional, mobile and desktop, the data center and the cloud. This is causing the traditional network perimeter to quickly dissolve as organizations’ infrastructures decentralize. As such, business data now 'lives' everywhere: Disparate and mobile user bases with multiple devices are accessing data in applications located across data centers, private clouds and the public cloud. And by some estimates, an upwards of 75% of internet traffic is now encrypted, which means IT is attempting to protect all of this data in all of these places while wearing a virtual blindfold.
The challenge for organizations is daunting: They face a decrease in visibility, context and control, which means an increase in surface area for cybercriminals to mount attacks. CISOs and their teams are struggling with how to keep up with this ever-changing landscape. Defending the network is no longer enough. It’s time to rethink traditional security architectures to begin addressing in earnest the areas of greatest vulnerability: applications and users.
True application-centric security requires deep visibility into application traffic and users, cutting edge threat intelligence alongside sophisticated response strategies, and control over access to applications and data. F5 believes these solutions need to be an integrated, intrinsic, dedicated part of application and access and identity management, not standalone or bolt-on.
It is to this end that F5 is focused on making apps safer in three areas:
New innovations and services
Today, we are announcing several new products and services aimed at delivering critical visibility, context and control to customers.
Finally, F5’s position in the network – successfully routing high volumes of application traffic – places us on the front line of security and provides us a deep understanding of security threats. This builds a strong foundation for the expansion of our F5 Labs team, which combines the expertise of our security researchers with threat intelligence data we collect to provide actionable, global intelligence on the “who, what, when, where, why and how” of cyber threats—and to identify future trends. Through the work of F5 Labs, we aim to enhance the discussion of threat intelligence in today’s application-centric world with a broadened set of perspectives and data sources.
It takes a village
We recognize every organization has different needs and different approaches, and no vendor has a “one size fits all” solution. That’s why F5 is part of and continues to build a rich security ecosystem – our partnerships are the glue that empowers us to deliver innovative, integrated, comprehensive application security solutions to customers.
We are committed to helping our customers secure their critical applications and data, and enhance their total security portfolio with end-to-end protection across all applications, from the data center to the cloud; with flexible control over access and users; and real-time intelligence informing real-time mitigation strategies.
We aspire to create a world where customers feel safer, where their investments are protected and where they may confidently grow their businesses and succeed in today’s rapidly transforming digital world.