SECURITY Advanced Web Application Firewall (WAF)

Protects against the latest wave of attacks using behavioral analytics, proactive bot defense, and application-layer encryption of sensitive data, such as credentials.

An evolving risk landscape demands active protection.

Virtually every organization is in the midst of digital transformation—a transformation that’s creating new types of risks at an accelerated pace. F5 Advanced WAF can help organizations address and manage these evolving risks.

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Why F5 Advanced WAF?

Your apps are your business. Problem is, applications are the initial target in 53 percent of breaches.1 F5 Advanced WAF protects against the most prevalent attacks on your apps, without having to update the apps themselves:

  • Automated attacks and bots that can overwhelm application resources
  • Attacks that steal application credentials or take advantage of compromised accounts
  • Application-layer attacks that evade signature- and reputation-based security solutions
  • New attack surfaces and threats due to the rapid adoption of APIs
  • Bots that target browser-based and mobile clients

F5 Positioned as a Leader in The Forrester Wave:
Web Application Firewalls, Q2 2018

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Unique capabilities set us apart.

F5 Advanced WAF can identify and block attacks that other WAF solutions don’t have the capabilities to defend against. From application-layer encryption to protect against credential and data theft to L7 DDoS detection that uses machine learning and behavioral analytics, Advanced WAF includes features that are unique in the WAF market.



Advanced WAF is more than an incremental increase in application security. It’s a fundamental transformation that combines machine learning, threat intelligence, and deep application expertise.


Identifies malicious bots that bypass standard detection methods and mitigates threats before they do damage. Protects apps from automated attacks by bots and other automated attack tools, helping prevent layer 7 DoS attacks, web scraping, brute force attacks, and more.


When combined with F5 WAF solutions, secures and protects mobile applications from bots and automated attacks via application whitelisting, behavioral analysis, secure cookie validation, and advanced app hardening.


DataSafe encryption protects sensitive information from interception by obfuscating fields and encrypting sensitive data. DataSafe encrypts data at the application layer to protect against data-extracting malware and keyloggers, rendering stolen data useless.


Behavioral analytics and machine learning provide highly accurate L7 DDoS detection and mitigation.


Deploys tools that secure REST/JSON, XML, and GWT APIs.

Advanced threats require an advanced WAF.

Many WAF solutions can’t keep up with today’s evolving risks. F5 Advanced WAF can.
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Deploy however you want.


Runs on high-performance hardware to protect your applications.

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SOFTWARE (Virtual Editions)

Deploy on any leading hypervisor in your data center or your private cloud.

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The Silverline Web Application Firewall is a cloud-based WAF that can be self-managed or fully managed by certified experts in the F5 SOC.

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Available in select public cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform.

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