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F5 Networks Joins PCI Security Standards Council

F5 joins Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council to help promote broad adoption of PCI standards

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that it has joined the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council as a Participating Organization. As a company, F5 has a rich level of expertise across application and network security. The company's solutions, including BIG-IP® Local Traffic Manager™, FirePass®, and BIG-IP Application Security Manager™ products, help customers achieve compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (DSS).

"The PCI Security Standards Council is committed to helping everyone involved in the payment chain protect consumer payment data," said Bob Russo, General Manager of the PCI Security Standards Council. "We are pleased that F5 is committed to promoting and supporting this critical industry standard. We look forward to having them lend their expertise and knowledge to the feedback process in order to evolve the next generation of security standards."

The PCI Security Standards Council is an independent body formed to develop, enhance, disseminate, and assist with implementation of security standards for payment account security. The organization maintains and evolves the PCI DSS, while working to promote awareness and foster broad industry adoption of the standard.

Any type of business that processes, stores, and transmits cardholder and transaction data must comply with the DSS. If a business fails to comply with the DSS, any breach of cardholder or transaction data may result in substantial fines. In addition, the business' ability to accept credit card payments may be revoked.

"F5 has always viewed security as one of three crucial pillars for successful application delivery, so we're clearly committed to educating customers and the general market on the importance of PCI standards," said Erik Giesa, VP of Product Management and Product Marketing at F5. "F5's network-intelligent approach enables secure networking across all systems, network, and application protocols. We're excited to share our extensive expertise across application and network security to help promote the adoption of this important standard."

For more information on PCI security standards and to learn how F5 helps businesses become PCI compliant, read the white paper, "Achieving PCI Compliance Using F5 Products" at

About the PCI Security Standards Council

The mission of the PCI Security Standards Council is to enhance payment account security by fostering broad adoption of the PCI Data Security Standard and other standards that increase payment data security.

If you would like more information about the PCI Security Standards Council or would like to become a Participating Organization please visit or contact the PCI Security Standards Council at

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 16,000 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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