F5 Networks DDoS Protection: Overview and Analysis

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Company Description

F5 Networks was founded in 1996, and it originally focused on network load balancing. Headquartered in Seattle, F5 now offers solutions for distributed denial of service (DDoS), DNS, load balancing and more. It trades on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol FFIV.

Product Description

F5 takes a four-tier approach to protecting against DDoS traffic: cloud, network, application and DNS. It can examine network layers 3-7. F5's DDoS Hybrid Defender provides multi-layered defense that protects against blended network attacks and sophisticated application attacks while enabling full SSL decryption, anti-bot capabilities and advanced detection methods in one appliance.

Markets and Use Cases

Enterprise, financial services and SMBs.


F5 Networks has a network capacity of 1 Tbps, a scrubbing capacity of 2 Tbps, and sub-second response times.

Security Qualifications

F5 Networks Big-IP products adhere to the requirements for Common Criteria Certification, IPv6 Conformance Certification, JITC PKE, NIST 800-53, UC APL, and FIPS 140-2.


Immediate protection at line rate against known bad actors and sharing that intelligence between on-premises deployments and the cloud.


Cloud, appliance and hybrid. Its appliance integrates with the Silverline cloud-scrubbing service.


No agents used.


F5 Networks does not disclose pricing.