Formerly known as Shape Integrated Bot Defense and Shape Enterprise Defense, now F5 Distributed Cloud Bot Defense.  Learn more ›

F5 Distributed Cloud Bot Defense

Bot protection for APIs and web and mobile apps

Defend against malicious bots. Ensure safe, fast, and seamless user experiences.

Bot Defense That Adapts Faster Than Criminals Retool

Bot attacks are difficult to stop—criminals retool to bypass defenses, rapidly solving CAPTCHAs and mimicking human behavior. To stay ahead of bots, Distributed Cloud Bot Defense uses AI to achieve unparalleled long-term efficacy and zero customer friction.

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Adapt faster than criminals 
 can retool


Cybercriminals continuously retool bot attacks to quickly overcome commoditized bot protection by bypassing controls and mimicking humans—frustrating both security teams and your customers.

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Increased account takeovers impact customer trust

Bots use credential stuffing attacks to take over accounts, steal customer data, and commit fraudulent transactions.


Bots easily bypass standard controls

Bots solve CAPTCHAs better than humans and use proxy networks to overwhelm deny lists.

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Advanced bots mimic humans to avoid detection

Sophisticated bots evade detection by imitating humans and randomizing mouse movements and clicks.

SecOps cannot keep up with rapid bot retooling

SecOps cannot adapt fast enough, raising operational costs, customer friction, and security breaches.

Why Distributed Cloud Bot Defense?

Stay ahead as criminals retool

Based on rich signal collection, F5 uses AI to analyze massive traffic volumes to rapidly discover attacker retooling.

Highest long-term efficacy

F5 engages human domain experts and ML to ensure sustainable bot prediction models and a near zero false-positive rate.

Trusted by leaders across industries

F5 defends the world’s largest banks, retailers, and airlines, creating a pool of knowledge to protect your apps.

Bot management your way

F5 offers flexible deployment options for protecting legacy and modern apps both on-premises and across clouds.

Platform Overview

Mitigate malicious bots with a service designed for the highest efficacy

Achieve highly effective bot protection based on unparalleled analysis of devices and behavioral signals that unmasks automation. You gain the advantage of a network effect as the platform adapts to retooling attempts across thousands of the world’s most highly trafficked apps.

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Connectors for easy deployment

Prebuilt integrations enable fast cloud and on-premises deployments.

ML and behavioral analytics

Advanced analytics provide maximum efficacy with near zero false positives.

Protection across APIs and web and mobile apps

Secure experience for customers wherever they interact.

Highly obfuscated clients

Advanced obfuscation prevents reverse engineering and bypassing signal collection.

Distributed Cloud Bot Defense Use Cases

Distributed Cloud Bot Defense protects against a broad set of bot-based attacks including credential stuffing, account takeover, fraud, and account abuse.

Credential Stuffing

Stop bots from testing stolen credentials and taking over accounts.

Fake Accounts

Prevent criminals from creating fake accounts for fraudulent use.

Scalpers / Inventory Hoarding

Mitigate inventory hoarding and retain customer loyalty.


Protect performance and privacy—control how scrapers harvest data.

Gift Card Attacks

Disrupt enumeration of codes that lead to card cracking.

Integration with Syslog and Leading SIEM Systems

Security and fraud teams at industry-leading organizations rely on the rich signal data and inferences made by Distributed Cloud Bot Defense to drive threat analyses by integrating data feeds into leading SIEM systems in real-time or through cloud buckets.

Deployable in the Public Cloud

To optimize performance, Distributed Cloud Bot Defense can be deployed close to your public cloud workloads through VMs or containers.

Ways to Deploy

Deploy Distributed Cloud Bot Defense through a connector right for your app and with support services tailored to your needs, from self-service to managed service.

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Web Application and API Protection (WAAP)

Enable through the F5 Distributed Cloud Platform for comprehensive WAAP security.



Easily integrate Distributed Cloud Bot Defense with BIG-IP through a native module or iApp.

Adobe Commerce

Ensure seamless e-commerce security with the F5 connector for Adobe Commerce.

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Salesforce Commerce Cloud

Ensure seamless e-commerce security with the F5 connector for Salesforce Commerce Cloud (SFCC).

Custom architecture

Partner with F5 to deploy Distributed Cloud Bot Defense within your environment, whether on-premises, hybrid, or multi-cloud.

Amazon CloudFront CDN

Ensure seamless security with the F5 connector for Amazon CloudFront CDN.




Understanding the Business Impact of Bots

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Defend against malicious bots. Ensure safe, fast, and seamless user experiences.


F5 Distributed Cloud Bot Defense

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Forrester Total Economic Impact™  (TEI) Study

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Attacker Economics: Understanding the Economics Behind Cyberattacks

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F5 Labs: How Credential Stuffing Bots Bypass Defenses

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Q2 Uses Security Automation to Block 97% of Malicious Traffic with F5 Distributed Cloud Bot Defense

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Aite Novarica names F5 Distributed Cloud Bot Defense Best in Class Bot Vendor

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"F5 Distributed Cloud Bot Defense is the most trusted application by the banking industry for security and fraud protection. It was an obvious choice to partner with them and set the same high standards for our Open Banking solutions."

Simon-Pierre Lebel

Senior Director of IT Operations & Security, Flinks

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