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F5 Networks Achieves OPSEC Certification from Check Point Software

F5's BIG-IP integrates with industry's most recognized security framework

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of Internet Traffic and Content Management (iTCM) products, today announced that it has achieved OPSEC® (Open Platform for Security) certification from Check Point Software Technologies. (NASDAQ: CHKP). OPSEC certification assures that F5's BIG-IP® product integrates seamlessly with Check Point's market-leading VPN-1®/FireWall-1® software.

"VPN-1/FireWall-1 provides customers their mission critical connection to the Internet and therefore must be available continuously," said Upesh Patel, manager OPSEC Alliance. "We are pleased to award F5 the OPSEC Certification for their high availability and load balancing solution. Certification assures interoperability between the F5 BIG-IP product and VPN-1/FireWall-1."

F5's BIG-IP solution provides superior high availability load balancing, administration, management, security, and extensibility for Check Point VPN-1/FireWall-1 deployments utilizing their state synchronization capabilities. BIG-IP also provides the ability to log events to the Check Point NG Management Server utilizing Check Point's OPSEC interfaces. Through its unmatched intelligence, BIG-IP ensures that all business-critical traffic is properly distributed across the available resources and guarantees delivery to the intended destination. BIG-IP's extensive feature set allows for flexible deployment scenarios that easily accommodate infrastructure modifications dictated by business requirements, without costly disruptions.

"At F5, an overarching goal is to provide customers with the most flexibility to securely deploy and manage their web applications and services," said Erik Giesa, director of product management at F5 Networks. "We continue to lead the Internet traffic management market by delivering the industry's most innovative, high-performance solutions that offer security capabilities at numerous levels, including SSL termination, client certificates, virus protection and now OPSEC compliancy."

For more information on the F5 BIG-IP OPSEC Certification, visit: OPSEC website.

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the leader in Internet Traffic and Content Management (iTCM), and delivers application aware networks through its open Internet Control Architecture. F5 features the industry's leading set of integrated products and services that manage, control and optimize Internet traffic and content. Our solutions automatically and intelligently deliver the best possible Internet performance, availability and content distribution for service providers, enterprises and e-businesses. Our products remove bandwidth congestion and optimize the availability and speed of mission-critical Internet servers and applications, including web publishing, content delivery, e-commerce, caching, firewalls and more. Our solutions are widely deployed in large enterprises, the top service providers, financial institutions, government agencies, healthcare, and portals throughout the world. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and has offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. F5 Networks is located on the web at

About Check Point's OPSEC®

OPSEC (Open Platform for Security) is the industry's open, multi-vendor security framework. With over 300 partners, OPSEC guarantees customers the broadest choice of best-of-breed integrated applications and deployment platforms that support Check Point's Secure Virtual Network Architecture. Products that carry the OPSEC Certified seal have been tested to guarantee integration and interoperability. For complete OPSEC Alliance program information, including partner and product listings, the freely available OPSEC SDK (software development kit) and evaluation versions of OPSEC Certified products.

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