New F5 Solution Defends Customers’ Websites through Protection against Bots and Credential Stuffing

Published July 07, 2020


Nathan Misner
Sr. Director of Global Communications
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Holly Lancaster
WE Communications
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Silverline Shape Defense improves a user’s online experience and security by defeating automated attacks that lead to online fraud and abuse

SEATTLE – F5 (NASDAQ: FFIV) today unveiled Silverline Shape Defense, a security solution that protects websites from the rising tide of fake internet traffic. With this new fully managed service, customers can better focus on their users and safeguard businesses against bots, credential stuffing, scraping, and other automated attacks that result in fraud and abuse—leading to compromised efficiency, loss of revenue, and damage to the brand.

Silverline Shape Defense uses artificial intelligence to accurately determine in real-time if an application request is from a human or a bot, and further differentiate between a bad actor and authorized individual. This approach stops bad traffic without introducing login friction for legitimate users. Businesses benefit from reduced online fraud losses, lowered operating costs, and an improved user experience. Silverline Shape Defense leverages the power of the entire Shape network which blocks over one billion application attacks a day.

With the launch of Silverline Shape Defense, customers can now protect their applications with an integrated, comprehensive set of fully managed security solutions that also include Silverline DDoS Protection, Silverline Web Application Firewall, and Silverline Threat Intelligence.

“The addition of Shape Defense on Silverline will allow our customers to protect their applications and digital initiatives against malicious cyberattacks without the overhead of a large security team, like those at a typical Fortune 500 company,” said Gail Coury, Silverline VP and GM at F5. “F5’s Silverline managed security services improve not only application security and performance but also bridge the resources gap of skilled cybersecurity professionals that are needed to address the latest cyber threats in real-time.”

Silverline Shape Defense helps organizations protect their applications quickly and easily. The solution:

  • Can be deployed in 30 minutes or less, without advanced application security expertise
  • Determines if login attempts are being made by real users instead of bots
  • Is entirely seamless and transparent to real users
  • Features an easy-to-use admin interface that illuminates site traffic and how it is being protected
  • Offers an entirely cloud-based solution as a fully managed service: no hardware, nothing to install, and always up to date

F5 Silverline Managed Services deliver expert protection to businesses around the world, including the following benefits:

  • Comprehensive application security, including industry-leading anti-bot, WAF, and DDoS services from a single vendor
  • Simplified buying, deployment, and ongoing support, including 24x7 Security Operations Center resources
  • One integrated portal provides a single view for all Silverline services, including configuration proxy and routing, visibility into threat details, attack analytics, and actions taken by SOC experts
  • A global application security footprint, with F5 Silverline Managed Services local points of presence in geographies around the world

In January, F5 completed its acquisition of Shape Security to add protection from automated attacks, botnets, and targeted fraud to F5’s portfolio of application services. Silverline Shape Defense is the first deliverable in a long-term strategy to provide Shape services to organizations of all sizes and in various industries.


Silverline Shape Defense is now available. Please contact a local F5 sales office or email for additional product and service availability information.

For additional perspective on today’s news, please see the new blog from Gail Coury, and watch the recent webinar about the unique customer benefits of Silverline Shape Defense.

About F5

F5 (NASDAQ: FFIV) powers applications from development through their entire lifecycle, across any multi-cloud environment, so our customers—enterprise businesses, service providers, governments, and consumer brands—can deliver differentiated, high-performing, and secure digital experiences. 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.

F5, BIG-IQ, BIG-IP, Silverline, Shape, Shape Defense, and NGINX are trademarks or service marks of F5 Networks, Inc., in the U.S. and other countries. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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