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F5 Named Reader Trust Finalist in 2008 Awards Program

F5's FirePass SSL VPN appliance nominated in Best IPsec/SSL VPN category

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, has been named a finalist in the SC Magazine Awards program for outstanding achievement in information-technology (IT) security. The F5®FirePass®SSL VPN appliance was named in the Reader Trust Award, Best IPsec/SSL VPN category of the competition.

FirePass was among more than 600 entries submitted in more than 30 technology categories. Finalists of the SC Magazine Awards program are determined through voting conducted by the publication's readers. Readers vote for what they view as the solution that is most effective at helping them to address the problems for which it was designed.

"Finalists in this year's SC Magazine Awards, including F5, represent a cross-section of the security industry's best in class," said SC Magazine Editor-in-Chief Illena Armstrong. "Our readers recognize that these companies are making today's businesses more secure."

"We're pleased that FirePass solutions are so highly regarded by the readers, and being named a finalist is gratifying for our team," said Jason Needham, F5's Senior Director of Product Management. "F5 customers have embraced FirePass because it increases their ROI by maximizing the potential of mobile and remote users-resulting in higher productivity. On top of that, FirePass ensures increased security with its granular access control, mitigating business risks while lowering deployment and support costs."

About FirePass

F5's FirePass SSL VPN appliance provides secure access to corporate applications and data using a standard web browser as well as a standalone client. FirePass provides scalability, availability, ease-of-use, and endpoint security, to ensure high productivity for those working from home or on the road-while keeping corporate data secure. FirePass utilizes unique tools like Visual Policy Editor and features a customizable end-user portal. Integrated endpoint security capabilities provide a protected workspace and broad antivirus and firewall integration. Unique features include integrated management and a secure virtual keyboard for key logger protection. Broad application and client device support are also key advantages. Additionally, with built-in load balance clustering and integration with F5's BIG-IP ® application delivery controllers, FirePass boasts best-in-class performance and scalability. More information is available at

About the SC Magazine Awards

The annual SC Magazine Awards have recognized security's key contributors and outstanding products for more than a decade. As the industry's preeminent award program, individuals, brands, and products short-listed address not only the challenges prominent today, but also the emerging threat landscape of tomorrow. Winners of this year's awards will be announced at an exclusive awards event to be held in San Francisco on April 8, 2008.

About SC Magazine

SC Magazine provides IT security professionals with in-depth and unbiased information through timely news, comprehensive analysis, cutting-edge features, contributions from thought leaders and the best, most extensive collection of product reviews in the business. By offering a consolidated view of IT security through independent product tests and well-researched editorial content that provides the contextual backdrop for how these IT security tools will address larger demands put on businesses today, SC Magazine enables IT security pros to make the right security decisions for their companies. The brand's portfolio includes the SC Magazine Awards, SC Directory, SC Magazine Newswire and SC Magazine IT Security Executives Forums.

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking. F5 provides solutions that make applications secure, fast and available for everyone, helping organizations get the most out of their investment. By adding intelligence and manageability into the network to offload applications, F5 optimizes applications and allows them to work faster and consume fewer resources. F5's extensible architecture intelligently integrates application optimization, protects the application and the network, and delivers application reliability-all on one universal platform. Over 16,000 organizations and service providers worldwide trust F5 to keep their applications running. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices worldwide. For more information, go to

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