Winner: F5 Networks for BIG-IP Application Security Manager
As more application traffic moves over the web, sensitive customer data is exposed to new security vulnerabilities and attacks, especially at the application layer. F5's BIG-IP Application Security Manager (ASM) is an advanced web application firewall that significantly mitigates the risk of loss or damage to data, intellectual property and web applications. BIG-IP ASM provides end-to-end application protection, advanced monitoring and centralized reporting, while addressing key regulatory mandates – including PCI DSS, HIPAA, Basel II and SOX – in a cost-effective way, and without requiring multiple appliances. BIG-IP ASM protects organizations – and their reputations – by maintaining the confidentiality, availability and performance of the applications that are critical to their business efforts.
In addition, because ASM offers integrated functionality with BIG-IP Application Delivery Controllers, maintenance and additional costs associated with application security are kept to a minimum without sacrificing performance. The result is one of the industry's most comprehensive web application security and application integrity solutions.
One advantage over standalone solutions is incorporating BIG-IP ASM within an Application Delivery Controller solution that can be combined with TCP optimization, L4-L7 load balancing, web acceleration and web access management services. To save time and protect application data, BIG-IP ASM comes with pre-built application security policies that provide out-of-the-box protection for popular applications, like Microsoft Outlook Web Access, SharePoint, Lotus Domino Mail Server and Oracle E-Business Financials. In addition, a built-in rapid deployment policy can quickly secure any internal or third-party application.
BIG-IP ASM also provides application protection from Layer 7 denial-of-service (DoS) and brute force attacks to address application vulnerabilities without code fixes. With the new web-scraping protection capabilities, BIG-IP ASM prevents the theft and misuse of valuable web data. Finally, the new Human Readable Policies provide offsite auditors access to a specific security policy for review to ensure maximum user productivity and streamlined auditor engagements.