Secure Corporate Apps with a Zero Trust Security Model

Improve security and the user experience when managing access to your portfolio of corporate applications. 

What is Zero Trust?

A zero trust architecture is a security model centered on the premise that every user and device both inside and outside an organization’s perimeters must be verified before being granted access. Also known as perimeterless security, this “never trust, always verify” approach to security is increasingly important at a time when losses from cybercrime cost the world economy more than $1 trillion, and more than two-thirds of companies report having experienced a cyber incident.1

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1McAfee, Dec. 7, 2020

What is zero trust?

Why a Zero Trust Security Model Matters

Securely managing access to corporate applications is critical to preventing data breaches. Doing it well can also increase efficiencies in business processes and user productivity. A zero trust security model can deliver this business value by enabling users to seamlessly and securely access their applications from anywhere regardless of where the application resides.

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How F5 Can Help

While there’s no one magical solution for a zero trust security model, F5 provides several key components around access, application security, and encrypted traffic visibility. F5 solutions offer secure, identity- and context-aware access to any application regardless of its location or what method of authentication it uses. They protect against application threats identified in the OWASP Top 10 and other code-level and software vulnerabilities. They also provide visibility into encrypted traffic, while intelligently managing this traffic across the entire security and performance stack.

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Explore F5 Solutions

Secure Application Access

Protect against access-based attacks, while enhancing the user experience


Password login attacks are the most frequently attempted type of attack. The prevalence and success of phishing to steal credentials and billions of previously stolen credentials found on the dark web enable attackers to log in to applications undetected. The “Identity Aware Proxy” capability found in F5 BIG-IP Access Policy Manager secures, simplifies, and centralizes access to apps, APIs, and data, while enhancing the user experience via single sign-on. For hybrid environments, F5 enables common policies and secure federated access to native cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS) apps as well as on-premises classic and custom apps.

BIG-IP Access Policy Manager

Enhance security, usability, and scalability.

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Shape Device ID

Strengthen your access control security through accurate device identification.

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Protect Application Infrastructure

Defend the network infrastructure that supports your applications


SSL/TLS encryption is now standard. While that’s great for privacy, attackers can use that same encryption to hide malware and other malicious payloads to bypass security controls. F5 SSL Orchestrator is a dedicated solution for the orchestration of inbound and outbound encrypted traffic that stops encrypted traffic dangers from attacking your applications, data, and network. SSL Orchestrator eliminates security blind spots by exposing malware hiding in inbound encrypted traffic. It also halts exfiltration of stolen data in encrypted outbound traffic.

SSL Orchestrator

Get visibility into and orchestrate your encrypted traffic.

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Guard Against App Vulnerabilities

Prevent exploitation of code-level and software library vulnerabilities


While secure access is a focal point of a zero trust security model, applications are assumed to be on untrusted networks that are potentially vulnerable to web application and API attacks. With this in mind, it’s important to protect against vulnerabilities such as injection attacks and cross-site scripting (XSS) . F5 delivers web application firewall (WAF) solutions that shield companies from threats identified in the OWASP Web App Top 10, API Top 10, and other security threats—and that fit well into any application architecture and software development lifecycle process.

F5 Advanced WAF

A hardware- or software-based WAF that enables fine-tuning of web app and API protection.

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NGINX App Protect

A lightweight, software-based WAF designed to protect apps built on microservices.

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Silverline WAF

A cloud-based managed service WAF to protect applications—complete with 24/7 expert security operations center coverage.

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Ecosystem Integrations

How does the F5 solution integrate with the zero trust ecosystem?


A zero trust security model is not delivered through any one product or vendor, so it is critical that the components integrate to provide complete coverage. F5 partners with major Identity as a Service (IDaaS) providers to bridge identity and authentication gaps between native cloud, SaaS, and classic and custom apps that reside on-premises. This enables a unified, secure access experience for users of any application.

Microsoft Azure Active Directory

F5 BIG-IP APM integrates with Azure AD to integrate all apps into centralized management and single sign-on.

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Okta

F5 BIG-IP APM integrates with Okta to integrate all apps into centralized management and single sign-on.

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Ping Identity

F5 BIG-IP APM integrates with Ping Identity to integrate all apps into centralized management and single sign-on.

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Resources

Labs article

F5 Labs Article

Using Zero Trust to Secure Your Company When Going Remote

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Webinar

Webinar

How F5 and Microsoft Jointly Deliver Zero Trust Application Access

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F5 Labs Article

F5 Labs Article

Solving DevSecOps and Microservices Challenges with Zero Trust

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Blog

Blog

At U.S. Federal Agencies, the Time is Right for Zero Trust

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Workshop

Workshop

WWT & F5 Zero Trust for Global Financial Services

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Article

Article

How to Deploy Identity-Aware Proxy in the Public Cloud

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Solution Overview

Solution Overview

Identity Aware Proxy: The Gateway to a Zero Trust Architecture

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Blog

Blog

Zero Trust – Questions to Ask Before Starting Your Journey

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White Paper

White Paper

Easily Configure Secure Access to All Your Applications via Azure Active Directory

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Next Steps

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