F5 Adds Japanese Support

F5 Networks adds Japanese language support to its TrafficShield Web application firewall with version 3.2

August 9, 2005

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SEATTLE -- F5 Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq:FFIV - News), the global leader in Application Traffic Management, today announced version 3.2 of its TrafficShield® web application firewall, supporting double-byte characters, including Japanese character sets. This release makes TrafficShield the first major web application firewall to offer local language support in Japan. Recent exposure of web-based applications worldwide -- including such applications as online banking, customer portals, and e-commerce sites -- has demonstrated their vulnerability to data-harvesting attacks. And when Japan's landmark Personal Data Protection Law went into effect in April 2005, many companies found themselves scrambling to protect online customer databases.

"TrafficShield's Double Byte Character Support represents a significant leap in the product, allowing F5 access to markets otherwise unavailable," said Michael Suby, Senior Research Analyst, Stratecast Partners (a Division of Frost & Sullivan). "This capability enables TrafficShield to protect Japanese web sites from web infrastructure exploits in order that maximum business-critical transaction throughput is constantly protected."

New Features in TrafficShield 3.2

As the first enterprise-ready web application firewall to support double-byte character sets -- including UTF-8, JIS (Japanese Industrial Standard), EUC-JP (Unix encoding), and Shift-JIS, -- TrafficShield 3.2 can be deployed in markets which previously had no localized solution. Other new features in version 3.2 lower the total cost of ownership and improve customers' return on investment -- for example, by shortening the time and cost required to deploy an effective security policy.

"We've seen a huge increase in serious application attacks targeting port 80," says Tim Goodwin, Vice President of F5 Japan. "Traditional firewall and antivirus products are unable to protect against those attacks -- but TrafficShield offers a comprehensive web application security solution that's designed to do just that. Now, with Japanese character support, TrafficShield pushes application security in Japan to the next level."

F5 Networks Inc.

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