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F5 Networks Named Finalist in 2009 Awards Program

F5's FirePass SSL VPN and BIG-IP Application Security Manager solutions recognized in prestigious Reader Trust competition, honoring best-in-class security products and services

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that it has been named a finalist in the 2009 SC Awards program for outstanding achievement in IT security. The F5®FirePass® SSL VPN solution was recognized in the Best IPsec/SSL VPN and Best Endpoint Security Solution categories, while the BIG-IP® Application Security Manager™ solution was named in the Best Web Application Security Solution category.

"F5 is in an elite group of companies recognized for helping businesses large and small protect themselves from the legion of security threats that loom every day," said SC Magazine Editor-in-Chief Illena Armstrong. "Our finalists represent the top products that are helping security professionals on the front line protect their enterprises."

The FirePass and BIG-IP Application Security Manager solutions were selected from more than 600 entries submitted in more than 30 technology categories. Winners will be chosen by a panel of readers that represent the circulation of SC Magazine. The Reader Trust Voting Panel is comprised of a cross-section of SC Magazine readership that is comprised of large, medium, and small enterprises from all major vertical markets.

"We're extremely proud that SC Magazine continues to single out F5 for the impact our security solutions have for enterprises," said Mark Vondemkamp, Director of Product Management, Security at F5. "F5's application security and remote access capabilities give organizations the flexibility and protection they need to securely deliver and optimize applications. Integrated within customers' Application Delivery Networks, F5 solutions help customers cut costs and consolidate IT infrastructures while simultaneously bolstering their security posture."

About the 2009 SC Awards Program

The annual SC Awards have recognized security's key contributors and outstanding products for more than a decade. Individuals, brands, and products shortlisted address not only the challenges prominent today, but also the emerging threat landscape of tomorrow. Winners of this year's SC Awards will be announced at a gala dinner and award ceremony to be held in San Francisco on April 21, 2009, in conjunction with the RSA Conference. For more information, please visit

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About SC Magazine

SC Magazine provides IT security professionals with in-depth and unbiased information through timely news, comprehensive analysis, cutting-edge features, contributions from thought-leaders and the best, most extensive collection of product reviews in the business. By offering a consolidated view of IT security through independent product tests and well-researched editorial content that provides the contextual backdrop for how these IT security tools will address larger demands put on businesses today, SC Magazine enables IT security pros to make the right security decisions for their companies. Besides the monthly print magazine and daily website, the brand's portfolio includes the SC Awards, SC Directory, SC Magazine Newswire and the SC World Congress.

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. By adding intelligence and manageability into the network to offload applications and optimize the data storage layer, F5 extends the power of intelligent networking to all levels of application delivery. F5's extensible architecture optimizes applications, delivers application reliability, and protects the application and network. Enterprise organizations, service providers and Web 2.0 content 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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