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F5 Networks’ BIG-IP Edge Gateway Achieves ICSA Labs SSL VPN Certification

Rigorous testing by independent lab earns F5’s advanced remote access solution renowned industry security certification, helps customers be confident in SSL VPN deployments

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), a global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that its BIG-IP® Edge Gateway remote access solution has achieved Secure Sockets Layer-Transport Layer Security (SSL-TLS) Virtual Private Networking (VPN) Certification version 3.0 from ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon Business.


This prestigious certification is reserved for products that meet ICSA Labs’ demanding security standards for products implementing SSL-TLS for data confidentiality, authentication, and integrity assurance for internetwork transactions. It certifies that BIG-IP Edge Gateway operates as expected and meets the criteria established by ICSA Labs to guard against unauthorized access to corporate resources through a hijacked VPN session.

The accomplishment marks the latest of F5’s ongoing efforts with ICSA Labs, including Web Application Firewall version 2.0.1 certification for the BIG-IP Application Security Managersolution and SSL-TLS certification for the FirePass® SSL VPN solution.

The ICSA Labs SSL-TLS VPN Certification program is an independent and comprehensive process that rigorously tests, assesses, and validates enterprise SSL-TLS VPNs in a simulated, real-world environment. Testing criteria are publicly posted for review and comment by industry groups, industry experts, and end-users, including a consortium of SSL-TLS VPN product vendors. Having earned this certification, the BIG-IP Edge Gateway solution is also now listed on the ICSA website.

Version 3.0 of the ICSA Labs SSL-TLS certification testing introduced significant changes in functional, security, and cryptographic requirements, including:

  • Cache cleaning testing to protect users from sensitive data disclosure, even in the case of abnormal session termination
  • Stronger and more up-to-date cipher suites and encryption capabilities (Advanced Encryption Standard)
  • Enhanced logging, certificate management and validation, configuration persistence, and client requirements

Supporting Quotes

“In making purchasing decisions, our IT teams review independent certifications to be sure that solutions can support industry demands as well as our specific business requirements,” said Daniel Randolph, President at “With BIG-IP Edge Gateway, we’re able to extend our traditional corporate network for remote users with the product’s innovative combination of acceleration and remote access capabilities. We’re glad to see F5’s continued commitment to certification efforts as reassurance that our online resources will be kept secure and highly available.”

“F5 Networks continues to demonstrate its commitment to product quality through ongoing certification efforts,” said Guy Snyder, Program Manager at ICSA Labs. “ICSA Labs employs a comprehensive array of criteria, methodologies, and ISO documentation processes to verify that evaluated solutions perform to the standards that the market—and users—depend on.”

“BIG-IP Edge Gateway enables IT administrators to consolidate access and optimization capabilities into a unified, easy to manage solution,” said Mark Vondemkamp, Director of Product Management for Security at F5. “Today’s organizations are examining new access models to efficiently scale their infrastructures to address the growing number of mobile workers. BIG-IP Edge Gateway provides seamless, streamlined access to corporate applications and data for an impressive breadth of devices and usage scenarios—and at substantially less cost than the number of disparate point products that would otherwise be required to achieve similar performance.”

To view ICSA’s version 3.0 criteria documents and testing reports for certified SSL-TLS VPN products, please visit

About ICSA Labs

ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon Business, offers vendor-neutral testing and certification of security products. Hundreds of the world's top security vendors submit their products for testing and certification at ICSA Labs. The end-users of security technologies rely on ICSA Labs to authoritatively set and apply objective testing and certification criteria for measuring product compliance and reliability. For more information about ICSA Labs, please visit

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, Edge Gateway, Application Security Manager, and FirePass 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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