Press Releases Archive   Search Press Releases
Press Release

F5's Market Leading Application Delivery Product Achieves Common Criteria EAL 2 Certification

National Information Assurance Partnership confirms BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager Version 9.2.3 meets globally recognized IT security standard
F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that its BIG-IP® Local Traffic Manager (LTM) Version 9.2.3 product has earned Common Criteria EAL 2 certification according to the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP).

"F5 is committed to developing high quality, secure products to meet growing network and application security concerns within today's organizations," said Patrick Jenny, VP of Product Development at F5. "With Common Criteria certification, organizations such as government entities and contractors have assurance from an independent third party that BIG-IP LTM will meet their security and quality needs."

Common Criteria is an internationally recognized standard to measure the security of IT products. United States government organizations, International government entities, and many global Fortune 500 corporations require Common Criteria certification to aid in the evaluation of IT products for their infrastructures and often require contractors to uphold the standard as well.

Certification testing was conducted by InfoGard Laboratories, Inc. and validated by the NIAP-a joint partnership between the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Security Agency (NSA). Testing on the BIG-IP LTM Version 9.2.3 meets the Common Criteria Evaluation & Validation Scheme (CCEVS) standards set forth by these organizations.

"We conducted comprehensive security testing on F5's BIG-IP LTM and found it meets the EAL 2 Common Criteria requirements," said Stephen Wilson, Common Criteria Evaluations Manager at InfoGard. "Common Criteria certification represents a tremendous achievement on behalf of F5. Their commitment to providing IT products that have undergone rigorous security assurance analysis adds value to customers who can forgo basic security testing and focus on testing the benefits of F5 products in their unique environment instead."

F5's BIG-IP LTM Version 9.2.3 product was evaluated in the following areas:

  • Identification and Authentication
  • Audit
  • Information flow control
  • Security management
  • Secure communications
  • Secure traffic
  • Protection of the device itself

Common Criteria EAL 2 certification requires developer testing, vulnerability analysis, and independent testing based upon detailed Target of Evaluation (TOE) specifications. The Evaluation report issued by InfoGard Laboratories determined the BIG-IP LTM Version 9.2.3 product meets the security criteria defined in the Security Target, which specifies an assurance level of EAL 2 augmented with ALC_FLR.1.

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

# # #

This press release may contain forward looking statements relating to future events or future financial performance that involve risks and uncertainties. Such statements can be identified by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "potential," or "continue," or the negative of such terms or comparable terms. These statements are only predictions and actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these statements based upon a number of factors including those identified in the company's filings with the SEC.