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F5 Networks Works with Microsoft to Provide Enterprises with Leading End-Point Security

Support of Microsoft's Network Access Protection technologies underscores F5's ongoing commitment to extend its FirePass SSL VPN security by providing out-of-the-box integration with Network Access Protection for Windows client machines

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Traffic Management, today announced the Company's plans to work with Microsoft on its Network Access Protection initiative to ensure that F5's FirePass® Controller will integrate seamlessly with Network Access Protection for Windows client machines. Network Access Protection is a policy enforcement solution built into the Microsoft Windows platform that allows IT professionals to set policy such as operating system and antivirus update policies, thus restricting clients from accessing a network until the clients can prove policy compliance.

"By working with market leaders like F5 in the networking and VPN space, Network Access Protection assures an industry leading, comprehensive, end-to-end solution that protects corporate assets and controls the spread of viruses by ensuring policy compliance," said Steve Anderson, a director in the Windows Server group at Microsoft. "F5's FirePass SSL VPN product is a perfect example of a solution that is complimentary with Network Access Protection. Once integrated, the combined solution can offer superior protection from worms and viruses that can otherwise enter the corporate network through client systems."

The integration between the two solutions will allow customers using FirePass and Network Access Protection to achieve superior end-point security, enabling organizations to dramatically decrease the risk of introducing viruses and mal-ware from any computer that links to their corporate network. Client devices that connect to the corporate network through the FirePass SSL VPN will be checked to ensure that they meet the corporate security policy before they are allowed access to corporate resources. Network Access Protection is a comprehensive infrastructure that allows system administrators to monitor and control machine access to corporate networks and if desired, can update non-compliant computers prior to admittance.

"F5 and our FirePass customers consider end-point security critical part of a defense in depth model for securing SSL VPN remote access," said Jim Ritchings, Vice President of Business Development at F5 Networks. "Microsoft's end-point security initiative is strategic to F5 and our early work with Microsoft will ensure the market that FirePass will be compliant as soon as Network Access Protection is released."

About F5 Networks

F5 enables organizations to successfully deliver business-critical applications and gives them the greatest level of agility to stay ahead of growing business demands. As the pioneer and global leader in Application Traffic Management, F5 continues to lead the industry by driving more intelligence into the network to deliver advanced application agility. F5 products ensure the secure and optimized delivery of applications to any user - anywhere. Through its flexible and cohesive architecture, F5 delivers unmatched value by dramatically improving the way organizations serve their employees, customers and constituents, while lowering operational costs. Over 6,000 organizations and service providers worldwide trust F5 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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