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F5 Networks' FirePass Controller Achieves Independent Certification from ICSA Labs

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of Application Traffic Management products, today announced that its FirePass® Controller has been tested and certified, earning ICSA Labs' well-regarded validation by the industry's only independent certification testing program for SSL VPN systems. The FirePass Controller was included in ICSA Labs' first wave of SSL VPN product testing. As a charter member of ICSA Labs' SSL-TLS Product Developers' Consortium, F5 has helped influence and drive the testing criteria designed to ensure that SSL VPN products can meet the most demanding enterprise and service provider requirements.

"As one of the first vendors to earn ICSA Labs' certification, F5 has demonstrated its commitment to provide SSL VPN solutions that meet the highest standards in security," said Brian Monkman, Technology Programs Manager at ICSA Labs, an independent division of TruSecure. "F5 and the other charter members have helped move the SSL VPN market forward by working with us to establish an effective certification testing program that only a reputable independent testing facility like ICSA Labs can provide. Now, customers can rely on ICSA Labs' standards based program, with a publicly vetted and posted criteria, against which all products are tested."

The ICSA Labs SSL VPN Certification program is an independent and comprehensive process that rigorously tests, assesses, and validates SSL VPNs in a simulated, real-world, Internet-worked environment on a continual basis. Unlike other testing organizations, ICSA Labs testing criteria are publicly posted for review by target industry groups such as vendors and industry experts. ICSA Labs, working with product vendors, industry experts and corporate users, have developed criterion that test the functionality and security of SSL VPN products.

"We're proud to be a founding member of an organization that has achieved a major industry milestone by ensuring and enforcing high standards in SSL VPN security," said Dan Matte, Vice President of Product Marketing and Management at F5 Networks. "F5's FirePass Controller is a powerful SSL VPN solution that provides a comprehensive and flexible approach to providing secure, ubiquitous application access to all employees and business partners, improving efficiencies across the board at the lowest cost of ownership. With ICSA Labs' certification, F5 customers can be assured that they are using the most advanced SSL VPN solution that measures up to ICSA Labs' rigid security testing standards."

For more details on ICSA Labs and its certification program, visit http://www.icsalabs.com/html/communities/ssl-tls/index.shtml.

About ICSA Labs

ICSA Labs, an independent division of TruSecure Corporation, offers vendor-agnostic 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. The organization tests products in key technology categories such as anti-virus, firewall, IPSec VPN, cryptography, intrusion detection, PC firewall, content security, SSL-VPN and Wireless LAN.

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks keeps IP-based traffic flowing and business information always available to any user from any device, anywhere in the world. Our products ensure secure and reliable access to servers and the applications that run on them. F5 also provides tools to automate communications between applications and the network, eliminating tedious, manual processes.

As the pioneers of intelligent load balancing, F5's continued innovations help businesses optimize and protect their IT investments. Our mission is to ensure the availability, scalability, performance, and security of IT resources that enterprises require to successfully do business. Over 6,000 enterprises and service providers rely on F5 solutions to keep their businesses running. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices worldwide. For more information go to www.f5.com

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