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F5 Networks Achieves RSA Secured Partner Program Certification for Its FirePass SSL VPN Product

FirePass v5.4 Certification With RSA SecurID Two-Factor Authentication Solution Helps to Ensure Improved Security and Lower Total Cost of Ownership

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Traffic Management, today announced that F5 has achieved RSA Secured® Partner Program certification for its FirePass® product, enabling interoperability with the RSA SecurID® two-factor authentication solution. This RSA Secured certification builds upon the technical partnership that F5 and RSA Security have established to increase security for joint customers.

"We are pleased to have F5's FirePass solution added to the RSA Secured Partner Program," said Stuart Cohen, director of partner development at RSA Security. "Our relationship with F5 Networks helps enable joint customers to select the right level of investment and security to protect their businesses."

Organizations using FirePass v5.4 with RSA SecurID technology benefit from increased security, easier management, and a lower total cost of ownership. And because FirePass 5.4 supports integration with both native RSA SecurID technology and the RADIUS protocol as back-end authentication options, customers don't have to make changes their RSA® Authentication Manager software configuration and may continue to use their existing process.

"With more people working in remote offices and on the road, secure access to the enterprise network - without inhibiting productivity - is essential," said Michael Suby, Senior Research Analyst with Stratecast Partners (a Division of Frost & Sullivan). "Earning the RSA Secured certification proves that F5 is serious about delivering 'out-of-the-box' secure access and strong user authentication to customers of Firepass and RSA SecurID technology."

"RSA Security places great emphasis on ensuring operability with its partners. This presents a compelling value to our joint customers knowing that our products closely interoperate with those from an industry leader," said Jim Ritchings, Vice President of Business Development at F5 Networks.

About FirePass Controller

F5's FirePass Controller enables enterprises to provide secure, reliable and intuitive remote access to corporate applications and data using standard web browser technology, without the headaches associated with time-consuming client software installation and configuration, or changes to server-side applications.

The FirePass Controller is the industry's first SSL VPN solution that provides complete cross-platform support and the broadest application access, including web hosts, client-server applications, and legacy hosts. Unlike IPSec VPN products that require the installation of special client software, the FirePass solution offers a clientless SSL VPN service that leverages any standard browser interface. It also offers the only open API (Application Programming Interface) and SDK (Software Developer's Kit) that enables 3rd party application vendors to build seamless, secure remote access into their client applications.

About RSA SecurID

The RSA SecurID system is the world's most widely used two-factor user authentication solution. It is as simple to use as entering a password, but significantly more secure. Used in conjunction with RSA Authentication Manager software, an RSA SecurID authenticator functions like an ATM card for a company network, requiring users to identify themselves with two unique factors - something they know (a password or PIN), and something they have (in this case, an RSA SecurID key fob token) - before they are granted access to secure business information.

About the RSA Secured Partner Program

The RSA Secured Partner Program is one of the oldest and largest alliance programs of its type, bringing over twelve years of experience and hundreds of complementary solutions together. RSA SecurID®, RSA SecurID® for Microsoft® Windows®, RSA ClearTrust®, RSA® Sign-On Manager, RSA Keon® and RSA® Federated Identity Manager certification programs bring added assurance to customers that the solutions they are deploying are certified as interoperable with industry leading products, helping them achieve faster time to deployment and lower overall cost of ownership. The RSA Secured Partner Program reflects the company's commitment to providing standards-based interoperability and mutual vendor support to customers using RSA Security's identity and access management solutions. For more information, please visit

About F5 Networks

F5 enables organizations to successfully deliver business-critical applications and gives them the greatest level of agility to stay ahead of growing business demands. As the pioneer and global leader in Application Traffic Management, F5 continues to lead the industry by driving more intelligence into the network to deliver advanced application agility. F5 products ensure the secure and optimized delivery of applications to any user - anywhere. Through its flexible and cohesive architecture, F5 delivers unmatched value by dramatically improving the way organizations serve their employees, customers and constituents, while lowering operational costs. Over 9,000 organizations and service providers worldwide trust F5 to keep their businesses running. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices worldwide. For more information go to

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