F5 offers security policies that scale.

Applications and their data are the target for 72 percent of today’s attacks.1 F5 has been focused on application access and protection for over 20 years.

F5 security policies follow your apps and provide authentication for users no matter where they are or what device they’re using. Our contextual, dynamic, risk-based approach to identity and access management improves the user experience and scales without limits. And we keep security close to the app with policies and controls that stay consistent wherever your apps are deployed.

Make sure people are who they say they are.

Fragmented identities and decentralized apps introduce significant risk because of the challenges of enforcing security policies across the data center and cloud.

And, with Software as a Service (SaaS) apps becoming increasingly common, it’s important to note that sometimes “outside” apps have the same password security as those inside your data center. But sometimes they don’t. You can’t be sure.

Cybercriminals are taking advantage of inconsistencies between apps inside the data center and those in the cloud, targeting employees with multiple identities and even apps themselves.

Single sign-on helps.

Single sign-on (SSO) requires authentication, and it’s token-based. So, each user is identified by a token, not a password.

By using the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) standard as both a SAML identity provider (IdP) and service provider, user credentials remain safe and secure in one place. A trusted token is passed to applications when a user signs in.

F5 handles authentication for all your apps. Your users can sign in once and securely access the applications they use all the time, like Microsoft Office or Office 365, Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, Salesforce, and others—over all networks and from all devices.

They’re trying to connect to what from where?

As organizations deliver more and more sensitive data through applications, they introduce ever-increasing risk. Today’s users are everywhere, frequently outside the corporate network, and the apps they rely on can be anywhere—from private data centers to the public cloud.

Users need the ability to connect to their applications securely while also ensuring no malware or attacks can make their way across connections. If the connection isn’t secure, a man-in-the-middle attack can easily steal credentials from the user, or even data from your apps—and your company.

Make sure you can control access without adding the complexity that costly point solutions can introduce into your network. F5’s identity and access management solutions:

  • Simplify the integration of authentication tools by creating an identity bridge, a trusted chain of user identity, between two entities—networks, clouds, applications, etc.—via industry standards like SAML.
  • Make the cumbersome duplication and insertion of identity directories unnecessary.
  • Identity and access is under the control of your enterprise, with authentication happening between the enterprise, cloud, and SaaS providers.
  • Centralize enterprise control of instant user authentication and termination.
  • Provide the most scalable identity and access solution in the industry, delivering over 5x the scale available from Citrix and Pulse Secure, and 10x the scale of many other vendors.

1 Based on aggregated data from IT Business Edge, Krebs on Security, Security Week, and CSO Online.