Stop Bot Attacks Shape Security Misses

F5 Bot Defense, formerly Shape Security, represents the old guard of anti-bot solutions. Netacea is a specialist solution that detects as many as 15 times more bot attacks than F5 Bot Defense (Shape Security) whilst being faster to deploy and easier to manage.


F5 comparison graph

Block 15 Times More Bots than Shape

Netacea detects significantly more bots than F5 Bot Defense (Shape Security). Netacea detected 99.2 million scraper bots on a travel booking website – Shape missed 93.4% of these, only detecting 6.5 million.

Enhance your Bot Protection with Netacea

Easy Deployment & Maintenance

Shape Security requires JavaScript and SDKs to collect bot signals, which take significant time and resource to set up and maintain. Netacea’s server-side detection is quick to install across all endpoints, updates automatically and requires zero maintenance.

Better Detection

Shape Security falls short of Netacea’s ability to detect targeted and sophisticated bot threats. Netacea’s AI-powered Intent Analytics® has been proven to detect as much as 15 times more malicious bots than Shape Security in direct comparisons.

Deeper Insights

Compared to Shape Security’s black box dashboard within the wider F5 platform, Netacea provides detailed insights into web traffic, bot activity and attack types detected and mitigated, both through our self-service portal and via regular updates from our bot experts.

Netacea vs F5 (Shape Security)

Detection Methods
Netacea uses machine learning to identify the intent of every request in parallel, grouping malicious traffic together to block the whole attack.
Shape uses machine learning to analyze individual signals collected by JavaScript and SDK agents, missing distributed attacks often employed by bot operators.
Web, Mobile & API
Netacea ingests data from websites, mobile apps and APIs in one solution, allowing full coverage of all threat surfaces from day one.
Shape requires different integration points for websites, mobile apps and APIs, adding multiple steps and stages to protect all endpoints from attack.
Netacea scored 4.6 out of 5 for Bot Detection in the Forrester Wave for Bot Management 2022 – higher than any other solution.
F5 scored 4 out of 5 for Bot Detection in the Forrester Wave for Bot Management 2022.
Deployment Process
Simple, single integration with existing services (e.g. CDN, cloud, API) across web, mobile u0026 API that can be deployed in a matter of hours.
Shape relies on a reverse proxy, which adds risk to web service availability, plus JavaScript and SDKs, which can take months to be tested & deployed across multiple teams.
Netacea is deployed at the edge, adding no extra code or weight to pages or applications whilst adding minimal latency for recommendations.
Shape’s JavaScript and SDKs add weight and latency to web pages and mobile apps, which matters to marketing teams because these affect engagement and conversions.
Robustness Against Bypass
Server-side is invisible and can’t be bypassed – We have never found evidence of being detected.
Shape integrates via JavaScript, which can be de-obfuscated, allowing adversaries to bypass detection.
Maintenance & Updates
With no touch maintenance, you never have to do anything to get the latest Netacea features and machine learning recommendations.
Shape requires teams of people to maintain, taking up significant time and resource to function day-to-day.
Fully Inclusive Support
Netacea delivers enterprise-level support 24/7/365 as standard with a dedicated Customer Success contact and access to threat research included.
Shape customers often have to pay for professional services and customizations to gain specific functionality.
Attack Insights
Netacea can drill down into different attack types, giving full visibility of how adversaries are attacking.
Shape’s portal offers limited insight and visibility into attacks, or how mitigation is applied.
Industry Recognition
Netacea was ranked #1 for bot detection and threat research in the latest Forrester Wave.
Shape was a Contender in the latest Forrester Wave, and ranked below Netacea for bot detection and threat research.
Bot Expertise
Netacea’s customer success team has specific expertise in bot attack mitigation and is dedicated to understanding the impact on your business.
Shape has general support, but no dedicated response team for bot specific issues – Complex bot blocking rule sets often require costly professional services to update.
One single cost to cover all attack surfaces, with dedicated support included upfront, making costs east to predict and manage.
Bundled with F5 CDN for low up-front cost, but ongoing hidden professional services costs for maintenance of the platform add up and are hard to forecast.

Block Bots Effortlessly with Netacea

Demo Netacea and see how our bot protection software autonomously prevents the most sophisticated and dynamic automated attacks across websites, apps and APIs.
  • Agentless, self managing spots up to 33x more threats
  • Automated, trusted defensive AI. Real-time detection and response
  • Invisible to attackers. Operates at the edge, deters persistent threats
Book a Demo