Feeds

F5 snaps up MagniFire

Firewall under new management

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Protecting against web application threats using SSL

Networking firm F5 Networks today announced that the acquisition of Web application firewall hardware firm MagniFire WebSystems in a $29m all-cash deal.

F5 said it will use MagniFire's TrafficShield security appliances to offer its customers better protection against application level attacks, such as fast spreading worms like Nimda and Sasser. MagniFire's TrafficShield product allow users to define what "good traffic" is and apply policies to only allow this desired traffic through to web servers and applications. This "white list" approach offers better protection against previously unseen forms of attack than either conventional firewall or intrusion prevention systems, according to F5.

The MagniFire acquisition complements F5's acquisition of uRoam and its FirePass SSL VPN product last July. FirePass product secures user-to-application access while the TrafficShield product ensures that only valid traffic reaches application, F5 explains. F5 is best known for its line of Application Traffic Management products and the MagniFire deal together with the much larger acquisition of NetScreen by Juniper shows a market where networking vendors are willing to reach into their pockets if it allows them to increase their security expertise. ®

Related stories

On F5 and uRoam
F5 snaps up uRoam
F5 to deliver crucial blade platform

Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management

More from The Register

next story
Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM
Anyone claiming to know before tomorrow is telling porkies
TOR users become FBI's No.1 hacking target after legal power grab
Be afeared, me hearties, these scoundrels be spying our signals
Jihadi terrorists DIDN'T encrypt their comms 'cos of Snowden leaks
Intel bods' analysis concludes 'no significant change' after whistle was blown
Home Depot: 56 million bank cards pwned by malware in our tills
That's about 50 per cent bigger than the Target tills mega-hack
Hackers pop Brazil newspaper to root home routers
Step One: try default passwords. Step Two: Repeat Step One until success
NORKS ban Wi-Fi and satellite internet at embassies
Crackdown on tardy diplomatic sysadmins providing accidental unfiltered internet access
UK.gov lobs another fistful of change at SME infosec nightmares
Senior Lib Dem in 'trying to be relevant' shocker. It's only taxpayers' money, after all
Critical Adobe Reader and Acrobat patches FINALLY make it out
Eight vulns healed, including XSS and DoS paths
Spies would need SUPER POWERS to tap undersea cables
Why mess with armoured 10kV cables when land-based, and legal, snoop tools are easier?
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.