Manual Chapter : About Bot Defense

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About Bot Defense

Proactive bot defense pre-emptively defends your applications against automated attacks by web robots, or
bots
. As a part of the Shared Security Module, bot defense helps identify and mitigate attacks before they cause damage to the site, by preventing bots from gaining initial access to a web site. This protective measure analyzes the signatures and anomalies in traffic that characterize a bot attack. This feature inspects all traffic the application (except whitelisted items), but requires fewer resources than traditional bot protection.

Version Support

Bot defense profiles were introduced in BIG-IP version 14.1, as a replacement to the application security aspect found in the DoS profile. Applications with Web Application Security that are managed by supported versions of BIG-IP (version 14.1 or later) are eligible for anti-bot protection profiles. For more information about version limitations, see
Unified Bot version compatibility
Applications managed by BIG-IP devices that are not supported by a full bot profile, can use the Proactive Bot Defense within the DoS profile.