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F5 Advanced WAF Pros and Cons

F5 Advanced WAF Pros

Network Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
In terms of F5 Advanced WAF's most valuable features, I would definitely say its stability. F5 is one the most stable products. Either as the load balancer or the web application firewall, it is very stable.
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ZN
Executive Director IT Security at a printing company with 501-1,000 employees
There is no need to worry about updating signatures because WAF will automatically update the signatures for you.
The support experience is better than average.
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Security Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Feature-wise, they are always cutting edge and up-to-date. Many features aren't available via competitors. There's always a lot of enhanced critical features that just aren't available through anyone else, or, if they are, are too lightweight.
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Solution Architect at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
The valuable features vary from customers to customers. Some customers are okay with the basic features of the WAF, and some customers use advanced WAF with a few other features.
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IK
Security Expert at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
The web application firewall itself is most valuable. It provides positive security and negative security. In negative security, it blocks a task such as cross-site scripting, code injection, etc. In positive security, it lets you specify and enforce things, such as the parameters allowed in username and password fields and the number of characters allowed in a field.
It also has antivirus and DDoS mitigation capabilities. We have enabled these features.
It is also quite intuitive and user-friendly. They have several webinars that are actually like labs. You can use these webinars to learn about how to use all features of the product.
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YA
Senior Technical Specialist | Cloud Platforms at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
I like all of the features, but the main one is the attack signatures.
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NB
Information Security Coordinator at a non-tech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
We can monitor IP locations, but we have constraints from each country. It has a replication feature. Licenses can be shared, taking turns with each license.
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MK
Key account manager
The most valuable feature is that it is secure.
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HN
Solutions Specialist at FPT
The most valuable features of this solution are the WAF protection, Data Safe, and the seven-layer DDoS.
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NI
Deputy Manager at Saraswat Bank
Very easy to implement and works well.
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F5 Advanced WAF Cons

Network Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
I would say their graphical interface, the GUI. I don't like the GUI as much as before.
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ZN
Executive Director IT Security at a printing company with 501-1,000 employees
The contextual-based component needs a lot of help to catch up with the next-gen products.
There is a learning curve that extends the time of implementation.
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Security Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
We usually use a third-party tool for logging and reporting. It would be nice if we could do that right on this solution. They have one, but it's not very stable. Logging and reporting effectively would be a big enhancement.
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Solution Architect at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
It should be a little bit easy to deploy in terms of the overall deployment session. One of our customers is a bit unhappy about the reporting options. Currently, it automatically deletes event logs after some limit if a customer doesn't have any external Syslog server. It is a problem for those customers who want to review event logs after a week or so because they won't get proper reports or event logs. They should increase the duration to at least a month or two for storing the data on the device. F5 is not a leader in Gartner Quadrant, which affects us when we go and pitch this solution. Customers normally go and take a look at such annual reports, and because F5 is currently not there as a leader, the customers ask about it even though we are saying it is good in all things. F5 is not known for something totally different or unique. They were a major player in ADP, and they are just rebranding themselves into security. They should improve or increase their marketing as a security company now. They have already started to do that, but they should do it more so that when it comes to security, customers can easily remember F5. At the moment, if we say F5, load balancing comes to mind. With rebranding and marketing, all customers should get the idea that F5 is now mainly focusing on the security part of it, and it is a security company instead of load balancing. This is the first solution that should come to a customer's mind for a web application firewall.
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IK
Security Expert at a aerospace/defense firm with 10,001+ employees
Its price should be better. It is expensive.
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YA
Senior Technical Specialist | Cloud Platforms at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
The BIG-IQ is supposed to centralize the management for all of the boxes but it's not very effective.
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NB
Information Security Coordinator at a non-tech company with 5,001-10,000 employees
The reporting could be clearer and embedded to include our movement data.
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MK
Key account manager
The interface is old-looking, it's not modern, which is why it's not always comfortable to use.
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HN
Solutions Specialist at FPT
I would like to see the API Protection improved.
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NI
Deputy Manager at Saraswat Bank
There is a gap in report management.
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Learn what your peers think about F5 Advanced WAF. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: October 2021.
541,462 professionals have used our research since 2012.