F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today announced that it has received SC Magazine's 2009 Reader Trust Award, recognizing its BIG-IP Application Security Manager as the Best Web Application Security solution. The award was presented at the exclusive SC Awards Gala, held in conjunction with the annual RSA Conference in San Francisco.

With almost 700 entries submitted in 30 categories, the 2009 SC Awards became the most competitive yet in the program's 12-year history. SC Magazine readers, representing some of IT's most knowledgeable security professionals, selected the F5® BIG-IP® Application Security Manager™ (ASM™) web application firewall (WAF) from among the industry's leading solutions.

"F5's BIG-IP Application Security Manager represents the best in web application security technology that the industry has to offer today," said Illena Armstrong, Editor in Chief, SC Magazine. "With their vote, our readers are attesting to the high regard they hold for F5 and the BIG-IP ASM solution."

"It's a great honor to have BIG-IP ASM chosen as the industry's Best Web Application Security solution by SC Magazine's readers," said Mark Vondemkamp, Director of Product Management, Security at F5. "These experts deal with serious security matters every day, and they appreciate the components required to secure their organizations. As the fastest and most comprehensive WAF solution on the market, BIG-IP ASM helps IT professionals achieve their critical application security mandates and meet variable business needs."

BIG-IP Application Security Manager is a sophisticated solution that provides comprehensive application security with an integrated XML firewall to protect an organization's sensitive applications, data, and brand integrity. As an advanced, scalable application security solution, BIG-IP ASM enables customers to block attacks, mitigate threats, and comply with evolving security regulations, including PCI standards.

Vondemkamp added, "By leveraging both positive and negative security models, as well as offering the ability to automatically build policies, BIG-IP ASM helps customers improve the security, availability, and integrity of business data and applications."

The annual SC Awards highlight the information security industry's best solutions, services, and professionals while recognizing achievement and technical excellence.

For more information on BIG-IP ASM, visit customer success stories for FNZ, InCharge Institute, and Crédit Coopératif, listen to the podcast "Application Security: Fast and Easy," and check out the product page at www.f5.com/products/big-ip/product-modules/application-security-manager.html.

For a detailed list of categories and winners for the 2009 SC Awards, please visit www.scmagazineus.com/2009-Awards-Winners/section/945/.

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. The brand's portfolio includes the SC Awards, SC Directory, SC Magazine Newswire and SC Magazine IT Security Executives Forums.

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 www.f5.com.

F5, BIG-IP, Application Security Manager, and ASM 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.

About F5

F5 (NASDAQ: FFIV) provides solutions for an application world. F5 helps organizations seamlessly scale cloud, data center, and software defined networking (SDN) deployments to successfully deliver applications to anyone, anywhere, at any time. F5 solutions broaden the reach of IT through an open, extensible framework and a rich partner ecosystem of leading technology and data center orchestration vendors. This approach lets customers pursue the infrastructure model that best fits their needs over time. The world’s largest businesses, service providers, government entities, and consumer brands rely on F5 to stay ahead of cloud, security, and mobility trends. For more information, go to .

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F5, BIG-IP, Access Policy Manager, Global Traffic Manager, and Software Defined Application Services 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.