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F5 Networks' FirePass Controller achieves independent certification from ICSA Labs.

F5 Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq:FFIV), a provider of Application Traffic Management products, today announced that its FirePass Controller has been tested and certified, earning ICSA Labs' well-regarded validation by the industry's only independent certification testing program for SSL VPN systems. The FirePass Controller was included in ICSA Labs' first wave of SSL VPN product testing. As a charter member of ICSA Labs' SSL-TLS Product Developers' Consortium, F5 has helped influence and drive the testing criteria designed to ensure that SSL VPN products can meet the most demanding enterprise and service provider requirements.

"As one of the first vendors to earn ICSA Labs' certification, F5 has demonstrated its commitment to provide SSL VPN solutions that meet the highest standards in security," said Brian Monkman, Technology Programs Manager at ICSA Labs. "F5 and the other charter members have helped move the SSL VPN market forward by working with us to establish an effective certification testing program that only a reputable independent testing facility like ICSA Labs can provide. Now, customers can rely on ICSA Labs' standards based program, with a publicly vetted and posted criteria, against which all products are tested."

The ICSA Labs SSL VPN Certification program is an independent and comprehensive process that rigorously tests, assesses, and validates SSL VPNs in a simulated, real-world, Internet-worked environment on a continual basis. Unlike other testing organizations, ICSA Labs testing criteria are publicly posted for review by target industry groups such as vendors and industry experts. ICSA Labs, working with product vendors, industry experts and corporate users, have developed criterion that test the functionality and security of SSL VPN products.

"We're proud to be a founding member of an organization that has achieved a major industry milestone by ensuring and enforcing high standards in SSL VPN security," said Dan Matte, Vice President of Product Marketing and Management at F5 Networks. "F5's FirePass Controller is a powerful SSL VPN solution that provides a comprehensive and flexible approach to providing secure, ubiquitous application access to all employees and business partners, improving efficiencies across the board at the lowest cost of ownership. With ICSA Labs' certification, F5 customers can be assured that they are using the most advanced SSL VPN solution that measures up to ICSA Labs' rigid security testing standards."
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Publication:EDP Weekly's IT Monitor
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 3, 2004
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