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F5 Chosen To Enhance Application Security at Standard Life

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced it has signed a deal with Standard Life to enhance the company's application security. In a project supported by information security services specialist Vistorm, the solution leverages F5® BIG-IP® Application Security Manager (ASM) software running on multiple F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) devices.

Standard Life is a major asset managing company headquartered in Edinburgh and operating across the globe. Established in 1825, Standard Life provides life assurance and pensions, investment management, banking, and healthcare insurance products to more than 6.5 million customers worldwide.

A leader in financial services, Standard Life is also widely known in the technology sector for effective, forward-looking IT implementations. Service Orientated Architecture (SOA) is well-established at the heart of the company's IT strategy, allowing more effective information sharing within the organization and through customer communication channels, as well as more efficient business processes.

In developing the fourth generation of its SOA infrastructure platform, Standard Life wanted to implement an architecture that was fully fault-tolerant and had no scalability constraints, while delivering increased application protection.

F5's BIG-IP ASM solution was selected after a rigorous evaluation of available technology and a successful proof-of-concept. With F5 solutions at Standard Life, BIG-IP's powerful layer 7 load balancing capability becomes a key enabler of the SOA architecture, while the functionality of ASM supports compliance with PCI DSS, HIPAA, Basel II, and SOX regulations without the need for application changes or rewrites, or separate devices to perform different tasks.

Supporting Quotes

"Our vision for the next generation of our world-class SOA platform includes removing scalability barriers, increasing security, and maximizing service capabilities with minimal impact to the user experience," said Martin Symmers, SOA Enterprise Architect at Standard Life. "We concluded that, to deliver on our goals, we needed to implement powerful application-layer load balancing and security capabilities while minimizing infrastructure complexity."

"F5 Networks currently offers us the best fit for our requirements and has a track record that gives us the confidence to put their solution at the heart of our architecture," stated Joe Phillips, SOA Enterprise Architect at Standard Life.

"During the competitive evaluation, F5 came up against some very well-known companies, but the capabilities of ASM and the agile BIG-IP application delivery platform-coupled with Vistorm's strategic risk-based Complete Information Security approach-were the differentiators," commented Dan Turner, CTO at Vistorm. "The solution met all of Standard Life's core requirements and will be an effective base from which to launch further planned IT initiatives as well."

"We are delighted to have won the contract to serve Standard Life's infrastructure and application needs," said Mark Weir, Country Manager, Scotland at F5. "It underlines F5's leadership of the Application Delivery Controller marketplace, and is further evidence of F5's considerable success in the financial services sector."

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About Standard Life

Standard Life is a major asset managing company headquartered in Edinburgh and operating across the globe. Established in 1825, Standard Life provides life assurance and pensions, investment management, banking and healthcare insurance products to over 6.5 million customers worldwide. The Group has around 10,000 employees across the U.K., Canada, Ireland, Germany, Austria, India, USA, Hong Kong, and mainland China. At the end of June 2009 the Group had total assets under administration of £156.5bn.

Standard Life's diverse business includes one of the largest life and pensions businesses in the U.K. with more than 4 million customers; Standard Life Investments, which currently manages assets of over £121.6bn globally and Standard Life Healthcare, a private medical insurance company which is one of the largest in the U.K.

On 10 July 2006, after 80 years as a mutual company, Standard Life Assurance Company demutualised and Standard Life plc was listed on the London Stock Exchange. Standard Life now has approximately 1.5 million individual shareholders in over 50 countries around the world.

About Vistorm, an EDS Company

Vistorm, an EDS Company, is an information security specialist with a history of pioneering solutions that are proven to deliver a measurable reduction in business risk and lower the long-term investment in information security.

We deliver this by structuring a strategic, end-to-end approach around the four most critical areas of the complete security lifecycle: Security Consulting, Programmes, Operations, and Governance. This way, we can engage with our clients at different stages and help them move through the cycle-from initial risk reviews or audits to the full management of significant parts of their Security Operations, and ultimately, to full Security Governance.

With full-service capabilities and unique Security Governance frameworks and toolsets-all supported by a comprehensive global Research and Development division-we deliver Complete Information Security for many of the world's most successful enterprise clients.

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), focused on ensuring the secure, reliable, and fast delivery of applications. F5's flexible architectural framework enables community-driven innovation that helps organizations enhance IT agility and dynamically deliver services that generate true business value. F5's vision of unified application and data delivery offers customers an unprecedented level of choice in how they deploy ADN solutions. It redefines the management of application, server, storage, and network resources, streamlining application delivery and reducing costs. Global enterprise organizations, service and cloud providers, and Web 2.0 content providers trust F5 to keep their business moving forward. For more information, go to

F5, BIG-IP, Local Traffic Manager, LTM, Application Security Manager, and ASM 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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