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F5 Networks' FirePass Product Achieves ICSA Labs SSL VPN Certification

Rigorous testing by independent lab earns FirePass renowned industry security benchmark

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that its FirePass® SSL VPN 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 inter-network transactions.

This accomplishment marks the latest of F5's ongoing certification efforts with ICSA Labs, including Web Application Firewall version 2.0.1 certification for its BIG-IP ® Application Security Manager™ product, as well as previous certifications for FirePass.

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

  • Cache cleaning testing to ensure that end-users are protected from sensitive data disclosure, even in the case of abnormal session termination
  • Stronger and more updated ciphersuites (AES)
  • Enhanced logging, certificate management and validation, configuration persistence, and client requirements

"We are dedicated to keeping our customers' data secure while simultaneously making it easy for enterprises to provide controlled remote access to corporate applications and information," said Ameet Dhillon, Director of Product Management at F5. "SSL-TLS 3.0 certification from ICSA Labs provides additional peace of mind and a powerful proof point for organizations interested in deploying a secure remote access solution."

The ICSA Labs SSL-TLS VPN Certification program is an independent and comprehensive process that rigorously tests, assesses, and validates 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.

"F5 Networks continues to be among the leaders of SSL-TLS certified vendors," said George Japak, Managing Director at ICSA Labs. "The company holds a number of certifications from ICSA Labs, demonstrating a commitment to the enterprise need for highly secure and highly available applications."

To view the version 3.0 criteria documents and the certification testing reports for the certified SSL-TLS VPN products, visit and click on the "SSL-TLS" link.

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 FirePass

Providing users with secure access to corporate applications and data using a standard web browser, FirePass delivers outstanding performance, scalability, endpoint security, and ease-of-use through its unique Visual Policy Editor. It helps increase the productivity of those working from home or on the road while keeping corporate data secure. For more information, please visit

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking. F5 provides solutions that make applications secure, fast and available for everyone, helping organizations get the most out of their investment. By adding intelligence and manageability into the network to offload applications, F5 optimizes applications and allows them to work faster and consume fewer resources. F5's extensible architecture intelligently integrates application optimization, protects the application and the network, and delivers application reliability-all on one universal platform. Over 10,000 organizations and service providers worldwide trust F5 to keep their applications running. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices worldwide. For more information, go to

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