F5 Web Application Firewall Achieves “Recommended” Status from NSS

Published October 13, 2014


Nathan Misner
Sr. Director of Global Communications
F5 Networks
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Holly Lancaster
WE Communications
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Independent testing firm NSS Labs lists F5’s BIG-IP Application Security Manager as recommended based on performance, reliability, and attack prevention

SEATTLE – F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV) announced today that it has been identified as one of the industry’s top Web Application Firewall (WAF) vendors in recent benchmarking reports from NSS Labs. Specifically, F5’s BIG-IP® Application Security Manager™(ASM™) was evaluated alongside other vendors’ offerings, earning “Recommended” status for its performance across a number of product and comparative analysis tests.

Key findings and lab results revealed that F5’s BIG-IP ASM 10200:

  • Proved effective against all evasion techniques tested
  • Passed all stability and reliability tests
  • Blocked 99.21% of WAF attacks
  • Rated at 36,130 connections per second (CPS)

“Enterprises increasingly rely on web applications to deliver mission-critical services to customers,” said Vikram Phatak, CEO at NSS Labs. “Web Application Firewalls are what keep those applications safe. Being recommended by NSS is not easy. F5’s BIG-IP ASM 10200 earned its ‘Recommended’ status by demonstrating extremely high protection coupled with low false positive rates, excellent performance, and overall value.”

NSS evaluated vendor solutions based on several security, performance, and total cost of ownership (TCO) criteria. An NSS Labs “Recommended” rating indicates that a product demonstrates outstanding performance and deserves serious consideration from customers. This rating is reserved for only the top performing products, regardless of vendor market share, size, or industry presence.

“Analyst recognition like this provides further evidence of the compelling advantages F5 security solutions offer customers,” said Mark Vondemkamp, VP, Security at F5. “With application-focused products like BIG-IP ASM and Advanced Firewall Manager™, we believe we can offer comprehensive scale/performance, IP intelligence, and multiprotocol security capabilities that other vendors can’t match.”

F5’s BIG-IP ASM was subjected to thorough testing at the NSS facility in Austin, Texas, based on the Web Application Firewall Methodology v6.2 available at The tests were conducted free of charge, and NSS did not receive any compensation in return for F5’s participation.


BIG-IP Application Security Manager is available now, as are additional solutions within F5’s security product portfolio. Please contact a local F5 sales office for additional product availability information pertaining to specific countries.

About F5

F5 (NASDAQ: FFIV) makes apps go faster, smarter, and safer for the world’s largest businesses, service providers, governments, and consumer brands. F5 delivers cloud and security solutions that enable organizations to embrace the application infrastructure they choose without sacrificing speed and control. For more information, go to You can also follow @f5networks on Twitter or visit us on LinkedIn and Facebook for more information about F5, its partners, and technologies.

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