F5 Networks Acquires Cloud-Based DDoS Security Startup Defense.Net

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F5 Networks announced last week that it has acquired Defense.net, a DDoS security startup that offers a solution to mitigate large-scale attacks. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

According to F5 Networks, the acquisition of Belmont, Calif.-based Defense.net will effectively expand its portfolio of security solutions to protect customers against DDoS attacks on their networks, data centers and applications.

Defense.net involves a high-bandwidth network and some new procedures conceived by Barrett Lyon, an early pioneer in DDoS mitigation who also founded DDoS mitigation firm Prolexic, which sold last year to CDN Akamai Technologies.

“F5’s objective is to help protect customers from ever-changing security threats before they impact their businesses,” Manny Rivelo, EVP of strategic solutions at F5 said. “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 from Defense.Net is a welcomed addition to F5.”

Defense.Net’s cloud service is also complementary to F5’s existing on-premise DDoS protection capabilities. The combined offering will offer a comprehensive hybrid DDoS security product to protect customers from a range of online threats.

Earlier this year, Defense.net launched an advanced mitigation service called DDoS Frontline, specifically designed to protect enterprises and critical infrastructure from DDoS attacks.

“F5’s DDoS product engineering shows a comparable focus on scale and performance to how Defense.Net has built its mitigation capability in the cloud,” Barrett Lyon, founder and CTO of Defense.Net said 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.”

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