F5 has announced the launch of a cloud-based service that detects and restricts access from IP addresses which are associated with malicious activity.

According to the company, the IP Intelligence service can identify addresses and leverage intelligence from cloud-context security solutions and combines information on the latest threats with the unified policy enforcement capabilities of the BIG-IP application delivery platform.

Leveraging an updated list of threat sources and high-risk IP addresses, F5 said that the IP Intelligence service delivers contextual awareness and analysis of IP requests to identify threats from multiple sources across the internet.

The service draws on the expertise of a global threat-sensor network and IP address database to detect malicious activity, and can offer protection throughout the application delivery infrastructure with F5's unified BIG-IP architecture.

Mark Vondemkamp, senior director of product management, security at F5, said: “Organisations are looking for security solutions that can dynamically synthesise information from a variety of sources to give infrastructures the maximum level of protection against sophisticated cyber attacks.

“At the same time, enterprises must preserve the flexibility to customise their systems and add safeguards as network and access conditions change, and as new types of threats emerge. F5's IP Intelligence service enables customers to pool disparate threat detection capabilities, block malicious IP addresses and tailor performance to specific needs by leveraging our BIG-IP Application Security Manager and iRules technologies.”

F5 also announced a partnership with Webroot following the integration of Webroot's IP Reputation Services into F5's Traffic Management Operating System to provide enterprise users with the protection against rapidly evolving threats. This also enhances application performance and availability and develops stronger context-based security.

Vondemkamp said: “Applications running across networks encounter a wide range of security challenges and IT managers don't want the complexity of managing different single-purpose appliances.

“By integrating the industry's most comprehensive IP Reputation intelligence into our product platform, our customers can take advantage of added protection against malicious sites without any extra management burden.”

Craig Whetstone, senior director of strategic alliances at Webroot, said: “We are excited to join forces with F5 Networks, which shares Webroot's mission of making security management easier for today's busy IT professionals. Together with F5 and its community of developers, we can help their customers address the challenge of securely delivering critical business applications backed by up-to-the-minute protection against today's rapidly evolving Internet threats.”