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F5 Networks Acquires DDoS Protection Provider Defense.Net


F5 Networks announced today that it has acquired cloud-based security providerDefense.Net.

Defense.Net is focused on protecting data centers and Internet applications from distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. According to F5, Defense.Net’s cloud service compliments F5’s on-premise DDoS protection capabilities.

“F5’s objective is to help protect customers from ever-changing security threats before they impact their businesses,” said Manny Rivelo, executive vice president of strategic solutions at F5, in a statement. “Customers ultimately want a unified solution that seamlessly blocks DDoS attacks at the appropriate network location for the type of threat posed. The appeal of a hybrid F5 solution is that it combines the best of on-premises and cloud-based protection. The highly respected team of security experts fromDefense.Netis a welcomed addition to F5.”

IDC analyst John Grady said sophisticated DDoS attacks combine high volume traffic-clogging with stealthy low and slow application-targeted techniques.

“These hybrid attacks will increasingly cause serious disruption for organizations,” Grady said in a statement. “A defense-in-depth strategy for DDoS takes a combined approach that incorporates on-premises appliances for detecting and mitigating mid-volume, SSL, or application-targeted attacks, while a cloud scrubbing facility stops the volumetric attacks that are dozens of gigabits in bandwidth from even reaching the enterprise network.”

Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

“F5’s DDoS product engineering shows a comparable focus on scale and performance to howDefense.Nethas built its mitigation capability in the cloud,” said Barrett Lyon, founder and CTO of Defense.Net, in a statement. “Customers of all sizes will be able to ensure that business-critical applications and networks are protected and available under the most demanding conditions regardless of the volume, type, or source of DDoS attack. Wherever it makes the most sense to stop an attack, F5 will provide the customer with the right defense.”


Brian Prince is a Contributing Writer for SecurityWeek.Previous Columns by Brian Prince:F5 Networks Acquires DDoS Protection Provider Defense.NetResearchers Note Jump in SNMP Reflection DDoS AttacksCisco to Acquire ThreatGRID to Bolster Malware Analysis and Detection CapabilitiesInternet Explorer 8 Security Vulnerability DisclosedICS-CERT Report Highlights Industrial Control System Security Failures

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