Bot Defense

About Bot Defense

Bot Defense protects your web properties from automated attacks by identifying and mitigating malicious bots. Bot Defense uses JavaScript and API calls to collect telemetry and mitigate malicious users within the context of Volterra's global network.

Bot Defense can easily be integrated into existing applications in a number of ways. For applications already routing traffic through F5® Distributed Cloud Mesh, Bot Defense is natively integrated into your Distributed Cloud Mesh HTTP load balancers. This integration allows you to configure the Bot Defense service through the HTTP load balancer's configuration in F5® Distributed Cloud Console. For other applications, connectors are available for several common insertion points that likely already exist in modern application architectures.

Once Bot Defense is enabled and configured, you can view and filter traffic and transaction statistics on the Bot Defense dashboard in Distributed Cloud Console to see which users are malicious and how they’re being mitigated.

Bot Defense is an advanced add-on security feature included in the first launch of the F5 Web Application and API Protection (WAAP) service with seamless integration to protect your web apps and APIs from a wide variety of attacks in real-time.

The diagrams below show how Bot Defense works at a high level:

Customer Edge

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Figure: Basic Data Flow for Bot Defense - Customer Edge

Regional Edge

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Figure: Basic Data Flow for Bot Defense - Regional Edge