HP, F5 Networks Expand Web, Mobile Security Offerings

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HP rolled out its TippingPoint NGFW as part of a larger security announcement, while F5 bought Versafe to bolster its portfolio.

For its part, F5's acquisition of Versafe gives the company greater Web and mobile protection capabilities. No financial details of the transaction were released.

"The acquisition supports F5's vision and commitment to provide our customers with secure access to data and applications from any location; from any device," Karl Triebes, F5's executive vice president of product development and chief technology officer, said in a statement. "Web applications are under increasing attack, which can lead to the theft of intellectual property, money, sensitive data and identity."

Versafe's technology will bolster F5's offerings in several areas, according to F5 officials. The company's Application Delivery Firewall solution will get new fraud, phishing and malware protection, while F5's Identity and Access Management product gets the ability to protect access credentials and keep them from being stolen by malware on the user's device. In addition, F5's Mobile Application and Device Management solution will be better able to protect business-to-consumer applications.

Versafe offered its products via a subscription, without asking the user to download any software or register their devices. The technology detects malware-borne fraud and other client-side online threats for mobile and Web apps, and can scale to meet the needs of enterprises and large Web-based transactional sites, according to F5 officials.

Versafe also offered an advanced remediation and advisory security service through its Security Operations Center, which can quickly identify new malware types and attack vectors, and addresses issues and incidents in real time.

The company's technologies dovetail with what F5 does with security, according to F5 blogger MacVittie.

"F5 views security as a holistic strategy that must be able to dig into not just the application and corporate network, but into the device and application, too, as well as the networks over which users access both mobile and Web applications," she wrote. "That's where Versafe comes in with its unique combination of client-side intelligent visibility and subscription-based security service."

The NGFW space is getting a lot of attention from vendors and businesses alike. Palo Alto Networks has built its business around developing the latest network security firewalls. Most recently, Cisco in July bought Sourcefire for $2.7 billion in a move designed to grow its network security capabilities, including NGFWs. In May, McAfee spent $389 million to buy NGFW vendor Stonesoft.