DDoS attacks saturate bandwidth, consume network resources, and disrupt application services. Can your infrastructure successfully fend them off? With deep threat intelligence services and flexible mitigation options, BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM) defends against threats to network Layer-3 through Layer-4, stopping them before they reach your data center. Specifically, BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager scales to shut down high-capacity DDoS attacks that can overwhelm load balancers, firewalls, and even networks. It automatically invokes mitigation, alerts security admins, and configures or adjusts DDoS thresholds as traffic patterns change and without affecting legitimate traffic. If you can see and understand it, you can stop it. With deep threat intelligence services and flexible mitigation options, BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager defends against threats to network Layer-3 through Layer-4, stopping them before they reach your data center.
It enforces blacklisting, stopping bad actors at the earliest point of access, at the network edge, or upstream — before feed lists are updated. By automatically signaling upstream edge routers or ISPs to drop or reroute blacklisted traffic, BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager keeps bad traffic away from specific network addresses and protects the data center against not only DDoS, but also other network or application attacks — before they materialize. It also brings visibility and control to SSH and SSL connections, protecting against backdoor threats that use the SSH channel for data breaches and app attacks. You can extend the capabilities of BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager to expand its functionality and deploy custom rules that protect against complex, multi-level attacks. BIG-IP ASM stops these threats via a combination of leading Layer-7 DDoS defenses, advanced detection and mitigation techniques, deep threat analysis, dynamic learning, virtual patching, and granular attack visibility.
F5 Networks BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
Because adding more boxes increases complexity, you need ways to simplify system management. That’s where BIG-IQ Centralized Management comes in. From licensing to policies, traffic to security, you’ll see it all from a single pane of glass. When you go from managing a few boxes to managing a few dozen, your processes, logistics, and needs all change. BIG-IQ Centralized Management brings all of your devices together, so you can discover, track, upgrade, and deploy more efficiently. You can also monitor key metrics from one location, saving yourself both time and effort. Integrates with BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager and BIG-IP DNS to provide a consolidated approach to data center protection. The threats against apps and data are evolving every day. They have to be identified and stopped without compromising your company’s data. BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager scales to shut down high-capacity DDoS attacks that can overwhelm load balancers, firewalls, and networks.
F5 Networks Silverline DDoS Protection
Works with BIG-IP AFM to provide hybrid protection, offloading volumetric attacks to the cloud. DDoS attacks are an IT nightmare. By combining high volume traffic clogging with application targeted techniques, these attacks disrupt service for users, or take down entire networks. Silverline DDoS Protection detects and mitigates large-scale, SSL, or application targeted attacks in real-time — defending your business from even the largest attacks, over hundreds of gigabits per second. The always on subscription stops bad traffic from reaching your network by continuously processing all traffic through the Silverline cloud scrubbing services and returning only legitimate traffic to your site. The always available subscription is pre configured for your systems, runs on standby, and can be initiated when under attack. Use iRules scripting language for extensibility and customization of rules that mitigate sophisticated, uncommon zero-day threats.
F5 Networks BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager
More applications, evolving security threats, demands for faster deployment, and an explosion of new devices are all pushing traditional IT models to their limits. SDN is about making the network more flexible and responsive so that organizations are better positioned to respond to these challenges. F5 Networks understands applications. F5 Networks has been helping businesses gracefully navigate application delivery challenges since day one and remain perfectly positioned to deliver the Software-Defined application services required to ensure seamless user experiences.
Much of the promise of SDN revolves around simplified orchestration and management. To get there, SDN vendors need to be tightly integrated and aligned around common standards. As the bridge between applications and the underlying network routers and switches, F5 Networks works with leading network and SDN providers to ensure the seamless integration our customers require. F5 Networks is also a key participant in OpenStack as well as virtual desktop and other initiatives that are converging around SDN. F5 Networks is working closely with all of the key players to mitigate the risks and increase the value of SDN for F5 Networks customers.
Users expect apps to be fast, secure, and always available. Anything less is unacceptable. If you’re lucky, you’ll be one of few to hear about it. Enter BIG-IP DNS. Think of it as app insurance. BIG-IP DNS improves the performance and availability of your global applications by sending users to the closest or best-performing physical, virtual, or cloud environment. It also hyperscales and secures your DNS infrastructure from DDoS attacks and delivers a real-time DNSSEC solution that protects against hijacking attacks. BIG-IP DNS hyperscales up to 100 million responses per second (RPS) to manage rapid increases in DNS queries.
With a set of features that includes multicore scalability, DNS Express, and IP Anycast integration, BIG-IP DNS handles millions of DNS queries, protects your business from DDoS attacks, and ensures top application performance for users. BIG-IP DNS delivers a real-time, signed DNSSEC query response and DNS firewall services for attack protection and mitigates complex threats by blocking access to malicious domains. BIG-IP DNS services integrate with DNS zone management solutions, increase DNS performance at the network edge, and mask the DNS back-end infrastructure. That translates into higher productivity, server consolidation, faster responses, and protected DNS management.
Cisco and F5 Networks are working together to help organizations simplify and automate their networks. Benefits of this collaboration include improved time to market for both applications and services, reduced reaction time to planned and unplanned circumstances, and avoiding the risks inherent in managing numerous point solutions. Early software-defined networking (SDN) architectures promised to eliminate the business impact associated with human latency. It didn’t deliver on that promise. It focused on connectivity services, and provided only basic networking functions across low-level devices — leaving critical application services out of the picture.
The problem of manually configuring devices and services for every application, and the significant amount of time that takes both network and operations teams, remained unsolved. Using an application-centric, policy-driven approach, F5 Networks and Cisco enable organizations to improve time to market for new applications and services, reduce reaction time to both planned and unplanned circumstances, and avoid the risks associated with managing numerous point solutions individually.
Underlying all BIG-IP hardware and software is F5 Networks’ proprietary operating system, TMOS, which provides unified intelligence, flexibility, and programmability. With its application control plane architecture, TMOS gives you control over the acceleration, security, and availability services your applications require. TMOS establishes a virtual, unified pool of highly scalable, resilient, and reusable services that can dynamically adapt to the changing conditions in data centers and virtual and cloud infrastructures. Identity and access — manage identity and access policies from a single point of control, and federate them across environments.
SaaS subscribers have an alternative to adopting and managing the siloed IAM solutions of their SaaS providers. Instead, organizations can implement IAM federation, establishing a trust relationship between the SaaS provider’s service and subscriber-owned and subscriber-managed IAM technology. For such a solution to be a reality, however, it must be achieved without adding architectural or management complexity and without the need to disruptively integrate technologies by building and maintaining a new network between those of the provider and the subscriber.
Over 70 percent of today’s Internet traffic is encrypted and analysts predict it will continue to rise. This growth is creating a dangerous blind spot because many traditional, network-focused security appliances can’t effectively decrypt traffic. And hackers readily exploit this blind spot to hide malware and other threats. By fortifying security strategies with solutions and services focused specifically on the application, you can better secure access to applications and protect the ones that expose sensitive data, no matter where they live.
Look for solutions centered on access, protection, and visibility into encrypted traffic. And, above all, make sure those solutions are built on an intrinsic understanding of applications. F5 Networks secures applications and the data behind them — because that’s where today’s attacks happen. With decades devoted to connecting users and applications, F5 Networks solutions provide unparalleled visibility into hidden threats and offer the controls needed to manage access and reduce the risks of app attacks. F5 Networks solutions support security for any infrastructure, from data centers to the cloud.
VMware and F5 Networks are integrating their management solutions to solve the problem of rigid networks that inhibit business progress. Learn how they’re creating a more agile, more programmatic, and more automated network. Existing network architectures are too complex and brittle to withstand the demands being placed upon them. This severely limits the speed of innovation while increasing management costs. Change is required to deploy new applications and services more efficiently, eliminate downtime due to unforeseen increases in workloads, and recover more quickly from disaster.
A software-defined data center (SDDC) architectural approach meets today’s business expectations, helps organizations transform data center economics, and increases application deployment agility. The joint F5 Networks and VMware solution derives from a symbiosis across all elements of data center networking and application delivery architecture, increasing the velocity of your business.