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F5 Solutions Enable Government Organizations to Meet 2009 DNSSEC Compliance Requirements

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today announced that the BIG-IP® Global Traffic Manager (GTM) Application Delivery Controller will provide U.S. government agencies and partners with the most trusted real-time DNS Security solution available. By implementing a unique dynamic security signing policy, BIG-IP GTM protects customers' DNS infrastructures against various attacks and ensures that organizations can meet the mandated DNSSEC 2009 compliance requirements, while reducing their management costs and maintaining the intelligent flexibility of dynamic DNS solutions.

"The complexity of DNSSEC, particularly key management issues, will slow its adoption in many networks," said Lawrence Orans, Research Director, Gartner, Inc. "Some organizations, like those that must comply with the OMB mandate, have no choice-they must move quickly to adopt DNSSEC. Commercial enterprises will move more slowly, but all organizations should begin to master the DNSSEC learning curve now, and demand tools from their equipment providers and service providers to ease the transition to DNSSEC."

"As federal agencies turn to web-based applications to conduct business, they are under tremendous pressure to not only provide these services, but to protect against DNS attacks and comply with recent DNS security mandates," said Jason Needham, Sr. Director of Product Management at F5. "BIG-IP GTM will enable these organizations to meet these security requirements while ensuring application availability and performance."

Key DNSSEC features for BIG-IP GTM enable organizations to:

  • Meet compliance mandates for DNSSEC by the 2009 federal deadline
  • Sign DNS responses in real time and provide the means to deploy DNSSEC quickly and easily in an existing environment
  • Determine accurately where a user is based on their IP address
  • Provide the capability to sign the DNS responses to protect against rogue DNS servers
  • Ensure that end-users receive correct web responses

BIG-IP supports DNSSEC as an add-on feature to GTM (available as a standalone device or as a module on BIG-IP® Local Traffic Manager). BIG-IP GTM is a global server load balancer that provides high availability, maximum performance, and centralized management for applications running across multiple and globally dispersed data centers. BIG-IP GTM distributes end-user application requests according to business policies and data center and network conditions to ensure the highest possible availability.

Application Delivery Controllers are strategically located in the infrastructure to protect applications and data from web threats that enterprises, service providers, government agencies, web content providers, and social media sites are facing. As attacks grow in magnitude, F5 BIG-IP products offer advanced and effective security solutions.

Additional Resources


BIG-IP GTM with DNSSEC features will be available in December 2009. To learn more about F5's BIG-IP solutions, please visit

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), focused on ensuring the secure, reliable, and fast delivery of applications. F5's flexible architectural framework enables community-driven innovation that helps organizations enhance IT agility and dynamically deliver services that generate true business value. F5's vision of unified application and data delivery offers customers an unprecedented level of choice in how they deploy ADN solutions. It redefines the management of application, server, storage, and network resources, streamlining application delivery and reducing costs. Global enterprise organizations, service and cloud providers, and Web 2.0 content providers trust F5 to keep their business moving forward. For more information, go to

F5, BIG-IP, Global Traffic Manager, GTM, and Local Traffic Manager are trademarks or service marks of F5 Networks, Inc., in the U.S. and other countries. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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