Thursday, May 22, 2014

F5 Networks Acquires Defense.Net for DDos Mitigation Service

F5 Networks (has acquired Defense.Net, Inc., a privately-held provider of cloud-based security services for protecting data centers and Internet applications from distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Defense.Net was founded by Barrett Lyon, one of the pioneers of DDoS mitigation.  The company operates a massive, cloud-based service designed to absorb even the largest DDoS attacks. The Defense.Net network supports multiple protocols and provides features for remediation and control to safeguard customers from unforeseen threat vectors, while maintaining application performance.

F5 said Defense.Net’s high-capacity cloud service is complementary to its own on-premise DDoS Protection capabilities. The advanced technologies and operational experience shared between the two companies will expand F5’s portfolio of security solutions for defense against Internet-based DDoS attacks on networks, data centers, and applications.

“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,” said Barrett Lyon, Founder and CTO of Defense.Net. “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.”

  • Defense.Net is based in Belmont, California.  It has data centers in San Jose, California and Ashburn, Virginia.