STC Solutions has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with F5 Networks to deliver Web Application Firewall (WAF) services to STC customers in Saudi Arabia. Announced at GITEX Technology Week, the partnership will help STC customers to securely scale operations while coping with an intensifying cybersecurity threat landscape and Saudi Vision 2030 demands.
F5's WAFs monitor and block HTTP/S traffic to and from web applications for protection against malicious attempts to compromise systems or exfiltrate data. The solutions encompass attacks such as cross-site scripting, SQL injections, cookie poisoning, Layer 7 DoS, web scraping, brute force and credential stuffing.
The announcement follows on from F5 recently being named a Leader in the Forrester Wave™: Web Application Firewalls, Q2 2018 report.
"Attack surfaces are rapidly expanding as businesses look to scale and take advantage of cloud-based technologies," said Fahad AlJutaily, Vice President, Cybersecurity, STC Solutions.
"F5 Networks is a longstanding and trusted partner with an exceptional track record in the WAF space. Together, we can offer a powerful and increasingly vital range of solutions to help safeguard Saudi organisations' futures, as well as elevate their ability pioneer new services. This will be particularly important as we accelerate our support for major digital transformation initiatives associated with Saudi Vision 2030," he added.
Key technologies set to make an impact under the agreement include the F5® Silverline® Web Application Firewall, which is a cloud-based service featuring 24x7x365 support from highly specialized security experts. The solution is available as a fully managed service for comprehensive and customized app protection, or as an express self-service for rapid deployment of expertly maintained policies.
The partnership also entails giving STC customers access to F5's recently launched Advanced WAF™ (AWAF) service using a variety of consumption and licensing models. The technology helps SecOps better collaborate with modern DevOps and NetOps teams to easily deploy application protection services in any environment. Its holistic approach to application security reduces management complexity, decreases OpEx, and efficiently delivers services to neutralize attacks.
"STC Solutions has a hugely impressive history working with organizations to ensure they can securely scale at speed and with optimal freedom to innovate," said Diego Arrabal, VP - Middle East, Turkey & Africa, F5 Networks
"We are delighted to once again partner with STC Solutions to make a genuine difference, and jointly bring to market industry-leading cybersecurity solutions that protect against application exploits, deter bots and, crucially, reduce costs in the cloud", he added.