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F5 Networks Delivers FIPS-Certified SSL Accelerator in BIG-IP, Offering Highest Level of Security for Web Services and Applications

F5 Networks leverages its leadership position in Internet traffic management (ITM) and nCipher's leadership in high level security products; delivering the first ITM product with an integrated FIPS 140-2 Level 3 solution

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of Internet Traffic and Content Management (iTCM) products, today announced that F5's BIG-IP® product is the first Internet traffic management solution with a FIPS1 (Federal Information Processing Standard)-certified SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) accelerator. F5's FIPS products meet higher levels of security standards, required by Government agencies, financial services, and healthcare organizations, by integrating a tamper-resistant, key protection module and sophisticated key management capabilities with the award-wining BIG-IP products.

"F5 has established an early leadership position in the Multipurpose Devices with SSL Hardware Acceleration category according to our SSL Acceleration Hardware Worldwide Market Share and Forecasts for 1H01," said Neil Osipuk, Directing Analyst at Infonetics Research. "As a natural next step for the company, the BIG-IP FIPS hardware option provides a higher level of application security for customers, like Government agencies, that are either required by law or those that have chosen to adopt FIPS-based products on their own accord."

BIG-IP is the only traffic management product available today that comes integrated with a FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certified SSL accelerator. Other solutions require a separate system or the FIPS-certified card for each web server. The F5 solution offers a unique key management framework that enables a highly scalable, e-security infrastructure to easily add new services and handle higher traffic levels. Additionally, BIG-IP's FIPS SSL accelerator uses smart cards to authenticate administrators, grant access rights and share administrative responsibilities, providing a flexible and secure means for enforcing key management security.

"As a leading provider of enhanced security for electronic transactions, nCipher's hardware security technology works hand-in-hand with F5's solutions to ensure increased levels of security, seamless scalability and improved transaction throughput," said Richard Moulds, vice-president of marketing at nCipher. "F5 has pioneered the use of SSL technology in networking devices to enable sophisticated traffic management across the increasingly encrypted Internet. We are delighted to be working closely with F5 as a strategic partner to enhance the overall security of these solutions and to align them with security best practices that are being adopted across the enterprise for applications employing cryptography."

"At F5, security continues to be at the forefront of requirements as we develop and deliver solutions to the market," said Jeff Pancottine, senior vice-president of marketing and business development at F5 Networks. "Partnering with a market leader like nCipher enables F5 to integrate the highest levels of security into our traffic management solutions. By integrating nCipher's hardware security technology into BIG-IP, customers now have a very scaleable, secure, intelligent and adaptive solution with an extremely high level of security to protect their IP services and applications."

Pricing and Availability

This product will be available with BIG-IP version 4.2 in mid-February. The BIG-IP FIPS SSL Accelerator is a hardware option for BIG-IP Controllers running version 4.2 and is priced at U.S. list $17,990. BIG-IP FIPS e-Commerce 540 is a standalone system and is priced at U.S. list $25,990. For more information on the BIG-IP FIPS solution, a white paper is available at

1 Federal Information Processing Standards Publication 140-2: This standard specifies the security requirements that are to be satisfied by a cryptographic module utilized within a security system protecting unclassified information within computer and telecommunication systems (including voice systems). The standard provides four increasing, qualitative levels of security: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4. These levels are intended to cover the wide range of potential applications and environments in which cryptographic modules may be employed. This standard supersedes FIPS 140, General Security Requirements for Equipment Using the Data Encryption Standard, in its entirety.

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

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