Speaking at IP EXPO Europe, Ray Pompon, principal researcher at F5, said that applications are now at the center of business, the reason people use the and the gateway to . Pompon said F5 research showed that 34% of web are considered mission critical, with 76 web apps used in the average organization.

However, “most of our problems are happening at the layer,” he added, and by applying threat intelligence to application security we can “know what is going to happen before the bad guys.”

Pompon argued that security problems arise around applications because they are all too often thought of as single devices, when they are actually ‘colony creatures’ made up of five tiers: services, access, TLS/SSL, DNS and network.

“All of these layers are integral to making an app work,” he said, “but attacks can target each of these tiers,” (see image 1) so it is vital to consider each of these tiers when approaching application security.

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