New F5 Distributed Cloud AIP secures apps, infrastructure

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Mumbai: F5 launched the F5 Distributed Cloud App Infrastructure Protection (AIP) solution on Tuesday. The Threat Stack acquired technology-backed new offering is a cloud workload protection solution that expands application observability and protection to cloud-native infrastructures.

With this new solution launch, the company has expanded the F5 Distributed Cloud Services portfolio of cloud-native SaaS-based application security and delivery services.
Today, organisations and enterprises are more dependent on hybrid and multi-cloud infrastructure along with a range of cloud-native applications to run workloads on-premise, cloud as well as edge. They are actually dealing with tremendous complexity on the IT infrastructure and applications front which makes them prone to security threats and risks as they lack wider security controls and visibility, particularly for cloud-native deployments.

And that’s where F5 Distributed Cloud AIP brings deep telemetry collection and high-efficacy intrusion detection for cloud-native workloads to provide tighter security controls to organisations.

When combined with the in-line application and API security from F5 Distributed Cloud WAAP—it delivers a defence-in-depth approach to security threats that span across applications, APIs, and the cloud-native infrastructures where they run.

“In order to move ahead in this digitised era, organisations are increasingly adopting microservices to accelerate their digital journeys, gaining competitive advantage. This new application environment, however, can be intimidatingly complex to manage and protect from security threats,” said Dhananjay Ganjoo, MD – India and SAARC, F5.

“F5 Distributed Cloud App Infrastructure Protection helps address these challenges by detecting threats in real-time across the entire infrastructure stack, guarding against emerging and unpredictable threats with enhanced telemetry collection and analytics,” added Ganjoo.
A large majority of organisations are now deploying microservices-based applications on cloud-native infrastructure and connecting them through APIs. This approach to application development can radically increase the pace of innovation while lowering the total cost of ownership.

However, vulnerabilities and misconfigurations at the infrastructure level leave these applications open to attack from both internal and external bad actors. These intruders leverage vulnerabilities in cloud services or stolen keys to get access to cloud-native resources, where they can move freely throughout the infrastructure, inject malware, run cryptominers, or access sensitive data.
F5 Distributed Cloud App Infrastructure Protection addresses these challenges through:
· A combination of rules and machine learning to detect threats in real-time across the entire infrastructure stack: cloud provider APIs, virtual machine instances, containers, and Kubernetes. With behavioural-based detection, AIP can identify insider threats, external threats, and data loss risks for modern applications.

· Detection and alert of anomalous behaviour impacting workloads to inform operations teams of potentially malicious activity that may require further action to block or remediate.

· Complement existing signature- and behavioural-based threat detection capabilities with actionable insights from advanced telemetry and detection of post-exploit activity at the app and cloud infrastructure level.

· F5 Distributed Cloud AIP Managed Security Services, an “always-on” Security Operations Centre team that detects, triages, and investigates threats and provides remediation recommendations on behalf of customers.

· F5 Distributed Cloud AIP Insights, providing custom platform analytics and ongoing coaching from F5’s cloud security experts to help customers build a stronger cloud SecOps strategy and better achieve their goals.

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