October 2018 Newsletter

F5 Simplifies Network Functions Virtualization for Service Providers

A formidable defense requires not only an in-depth understanding of apps, but also a holistic view of their vulnerabilities, threats, and the variable levels of acceptable risks for users, data, and the surrounding infrastructure. F5 experts spent a year researching the increasingly essential role of applications with one question in mind: If organizations don’t understand all the ways attackers can compromise their applications and exploit their data, how can they possibly defend their most critical assets?

F5 Labs conducted extensive research including a survey of thousands of security professionals worldwide with the Ponemon Institute, global web attack data from tens of thousands of Loryka sensors, security vulnerability data from WhiteHat Security, and a deep review of thousands of published exploits and hundreds of documented breach cases in partnership with Whatcom Community College Cybersecurity Center faculty. External research was then combined with F5 internal data sets on distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks and major incidents, and analyzed by dozens of F5 security experts. Findings uncovered that web application attacks were the largest cause of security breaches (30 %), with the average loss from a serious web application security incident estimated at nearly $8M. It was also revealed that a typical organization runs 765 web applications, with 34 % considered mission-critical.

Featuring the most comprehensive analysis of its kind, F5’s 2018 Application Protection report:

Explores core threat areas and their impact on apps in developing application protection strategies that work for individual organizations and their particular priorities.
Highlights the differences between Opportunists and Targeted Attackers, along with an overview of their differing motivations, methods, and entry points.
Provides 4 simple steps with a high impact on improving application security by addressing each of the primary tiers of typical web applications. F5’s BIG-IP Application Security Manager Web Application Firewall (WAF) provides advance threat defense that filters, monitors, and blocks HTTP/S traffic to and from a web application to protect against malicious attempts to compromise the system from web fraud.

To learn more about VNF Manager, email Shane Asancha through ShaneA@first-datacorp.com.

Microsoft Declares Price Adjustments for On-Premises and Cloud Products

On October 1, 2018, Microsoft will be making a series of changes across their program and product portfolio to provide unique offers on on-premises and cloud products that support customer digital transformation, improve the buying experience, and make it easier to do business. These changes will highlight the pricing benefits for a cloud-first world.

Microsoft continues to execute on their Modern Commerce strategy by introducing programmatic changes across their VL programs that relate specifically to offer pricing and discounting.

To learn more about Microsoft modern commerce approach, email Hanna Acorin through HannaA@first-datacorp.com.