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F5 acquires Shape Security for $1 billion


F5 Networks has acquired Shape Security for a total enterprise value of approximately $1 billion in cash. The transaction is expected to close in the first calendar quarter of 2020.

Based in California, Shape has built an advanced platform, utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning, supported by powerful cloud-based analytics to protect against attacks that bypass other security and fraud controls.

The acquisition brings together F5’s expertise in protecting applications across multi-cloud environments with Shape’s fraud and abuse prevention capabilities to transform application security.

“Together F5 and Shape offer organizations comprehensive, end-to-end application security, potentially saving billions of dollars lost to fraud, reputational damage, and costly disruptions to critical online services, “ F5 Networks said in a statement.

The acquisition comes within months after F5 Networks bought Telstra-backed web server Nginx in a deal valued at US$670 million.
Shape’s leadership team, including co-founder and CEO Derek Smith, will join the F5 management team.

“Since Shape’s inception, we observed a consistent pattern in customer after customer: the use of F5 technology to deliver and enable their applications,” said Derek Smith.

“Now, we look forward to the opportunity to deeply integrate into F5’s platform for application delivery and security—F5 provides the optimum traffic flow insertion point for Shape’s industry-leading online fraud and abuse prevention solutions.

“This, combined with F5’s global go-to-market scale, means we can jointly protect significantly more customers’ applications and users from sophisticated attacks and malicious traffic.”

The acquisition of Shape speeds F5’s transition to a software- and SaaS-driven business model; and is expected to meaningfully increase F5’s software subscription mix in fiscal year 2020.

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