Agility 2022: F5 Introduces Comprehensive SaaS-based Security for Web Apps and APIs

During the annual customer event, the company’s leading speakers presented F5’s new SaaS platform, available to customers worldwide: F5 Distributed Cloud Services. This tool provides security, multi-cloud networking, and edge-based computing solutions on a unified software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform. The company is also launching the first new solution on this platform, F5 Distributed Cloud WAAP (Web Application and API Protection), which augments multiple security capabilities across F5 technologies in one SaaS offering.

Nearly all organizations today find themselves at the convergence of two significant trends: the evolution of applications as the center of their customers’ digital lives and the escalation of threats against those applications. This presents a tremendous challenge as many companies now manage complex application portfolios comprising older legacy and newer modern technologies and infrastructures.

Through BIG-IPNGINX, and now F5 Distributed Cloud Services, F5 offers a range of integrated, machine learning-driven solutions that protect legacy and modern applications and APIs across data center, cloud, and edge locations.

“Applications and the digital experiences they power have become a foundation for human connection and achievement, as well as a platform for significant business innovation and market creation,” said François Locoh-Donou, President and CEO, F5. “We have made it our mission at F5 to help organizations protect these applications from the now-constant barrage of cyberattacks. The launch of F5 Distributed Cloud Services is significant because it provides a simpler way for customers to manage the complex challenge of modern application security.”

The demand for secure, flexible and qualified services has motivated F5 to develop tools accessible to any type of company or business. The F5 Distributed Cloud Services follows this direction, allowing access to an F5 protection service that is tailored to the customer’s needs, guaranteeing security for all their applications.

In addition, the new product that has come to light at Agility, F5 Distributed Cloud WAAP, is a sophisticated tool that includes API protection. According to Ewerton Vieira, Dr. Solutions Engineering, F5 Latin America, «There are several risks in protecting applications that require different services. Applications with WAAP provide protection against hackers, generating the client’s confidence that their data is protected in a comprehensive manner, without this protection hackers may steal our data».

F5 Distributed Cloud WAAP simplifies security and automates process, allowing application teams to focus on delivering features and functionality that will enhance their customers’ experience and propel their business forward.

The new solution brings together the best of F5 application security technologies, including:

  • Application protection from F5 Advanced WAF, which more effectively and efficiently guards against the most prevalent application attacks
  • API security from Volterra’s machine learning-based auto-discovery and anomaly detection, which automates the entire process of finding, securing, and monitoring APIs
  • Bot defense based on F5 Shape AI technology
  • Global distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) protection

This launch confirms the company’s commitment to providing the end-to-end solutions that today’s digital life demands.