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February 10, 2016 – As organizations evolve from the client-server model to the mobile-cloud era, new security threats are constantly emerging. Many enterprises struggle with the paramount task of managing mobile devices to ensure the security of corporate data and intellectual property.

Customers seeking to mitigate the growing mobile threat landscape can turn to F5 Networks and AirWatch® to deploy and manage streamlined Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solutions. In support of this partnership, F5 has joined the AirWatch Mobile Security Alliance (MSA), which was launched to provide customers with advanced, flexible and simple options so that they can be more confident that their mobile applications, devices and networks are free from mobile threats.

“AirWatch and F5 have been working together for years to develop solutions that can close the blind spots in mobile security,” said Noah Wasmer, senior vice president of mobile engineering and product management, End-User Computing, VMware. “Now as a part of the AirWatch Mobile Security Alliance, we are amplifying our efforts to deliver an advanced and intelligent security solution. Using existing investments in AirWatch and F5, our customers can benefit from end-to-end mobile device security that is simple.”

F5 and AirWatch have a rich history of collaborating to help customers increase employee productivity and deliver comprehensive security, from the mobile device to the applications and the corporate network. In the MSA, F5 and AirWatch plan to work to expand the integration of their technologies to simplify mobile security administration and remediation, empowering customers with comprehensive protection against threats on any mobile device, the applications they access, and the networks they traverse. By leveraging AirWatch APIs to build on the companies’ existing integration, F5 can combine its BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM) with the AirWatch platform to simplify operations and empower customers to take control of their mobile environments and ensure that mobile applications, devices, and networks are protected from threats.

F5's membership in the Mobile Security Alliance helps address several major areas of concern for today’s mobile enterprise. Through the simple and centralized creation and management of access and security policies with BIG-IP APM, the joint solution effortlessly enhances the enforcement and management of mobile user access to network, cloud, and Web applications. With the advanced Visual Policy Editor (VPE) in BIG-IP APM, organizations can easily create dynamic and granular access policies that seamlessly integrate AirWatch’s unparalleled mobile device visibility. These policies can include the ability to quarantine or take other action based on specific device configuration, such as enabled passcode, enabled data protection or encryption, required or disallowed apps, or network roaming. And, if defined by policy—or if a mobile device did not comply with appropriate defined policies—per application VPN tunnels can deliver access to specific applications, without exposing the entire network to risk. This is coupled with the identity federation and single sign-on (SSO) capabilities available within BIG-IP APM.

“We’re excited about the enhanced capabilities we can offer customers through deeper collaboration with AirWatch, and participation in the Mobile Security Alliance,” said Calvin Rowland, SVP, Business Development at F5. “These are two leaders that have been working together for quite some time, with the common goal of reducing complexity and easing integration for customers.”

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