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In this 4 day course, students are provided with a functional understanding of how to deploy, tune, and operate F5 Advanced Web Application Firewall to protect their web applications from HTTP-based attacks.

  • Course Start Date: 2021-05-04
  • Time: 09:00:00 - 17:00:00
  • Duration: 4 Day(s)
  • Location: Virtual
  • Delivery Method(s): Virtual Instructor Led
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Course Outline

Pre-Requisites

Administering BIG-IP; basic familiarity with HTTP, HTML and XML; basic web application and security concepts.

Lessons

In this 4 day course, students are provided with a functional understanding of how to deploy, tune, and operate F5 Advanced Web Application Firewall to protect their web applications from HTTP-based attacks. The course includes lecture, hands-on labs, and discussion about different F5 Advanced Web Application Firewall tools for detecting and mitigating threats from multiple attack vectors such web scraping, Layer 7 Denial of Service, brute force, bots, code injection, and zero day exploits.

Objectives

  • Describe the role of the BIG-IP system as a full proxy device in an application delivery network
  • Provision F5 Advanced Web Application Firewall resources
  • Define a web application firewall
  • Describe how F5 Advanced Web Application Firewall protects a web application by securing file types, URLs, and parameters
  • Deploy F5 Advanced Web Application Firewall using the Rapid Deployment template (and other templates) and define the security checks included in each
  • Define learn, alarm, and block settings as they pertain to configuring F5 Advanced Web Application Firewall
  • Define attack signatures and explain why attack signature staging is important
  • Contrast positive and negative security policy implementation and explain benefits of each
  • Configure security processing at the parameter level of a web application
  • Use an application template to protect a commercial web application
  • Deploy F5 Advanced Web Application Firewall using the Automatic Policy Builder
  • Tune a policy manually or allow automatic policy building
  • Integrate third party application vulnerability scanner output into a security policy
  • Configure login enforcement and session tracking
  • Configure protection against brute force, web scraping, and Layer 7 denial of service attacks
  • Implement iRules using specific F5 Advanced Web Application Firewall events and commands
  • Use Content Profiles to protect JSON and AJAX-based applications
  • Implement Bot Signatures
  • Implement Proactive Bot Defense

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for security and network administrators who will be responsible for the installation, deployment, tuning, and day-to-day maintenance of the F5 Advanced Web Application Firewall.

Outline

Lesson 1: Setting Up the BIG-IP System

  • Introducing the BIG-IP System
  • Initially Setting Up the BIG-IP System
  • Archiving the BIG-IP System Configuration
  • Leveraging F5 Support Resources and Tools

Lesson 2: Traffic Processing with BIG-IP

  • Identifying BIG-IP Traffic Processing Objects
  • Overview of Network Packet Flow
  • Understanding Profiles
  • Overview of Local Traffic Policies
  • Visualizing the HTTP Request Flow

Lesson 3: Web Application Concepts

  • Overview of Web Application Request Processing
  • Web Application Firewall: Layer 7 Protection
  • F5 Advanced WAF Layer 7 Security Checks
  • Overview of Web Communication Elements
  • Overview of the HTTP Request Structure
  • Examining HTTP Responses
  • How F5 Advanced WAF Parses File Types, URLs, and Parameters
  • Using the Fiddler HTTP Proxy

Lesson 4: Common Web Application Vulnerabilities

  • A Taxonomy of Attacks: The Threat Landscape
  • What Elements of Application Delivery are Targeted?
  • Common Exploits Against Web Applications

Lesson 5: Security Policy Deployment

  • Defining Learning
  • Comparing Positive and Negative Security Models
  • The Deployment Workflow
  • Policy Type: How Will the Policy Be Applied
  • Policy Template: Determines the Level of Protection
  • Policy Templates: Automatic or Manual Policy Building
  • Assigning Policy to Virtual Server
  • Deployment Workflow: Using Advanced Settings
  • Selecting the Enforcement Mode
  • The Importance of Application Language
  • Configure Server Technologies
  • Verify Attack Signature Staging
  • Viewing Requests
  • Security Checks Offered by Rapid Deployment
  • Defining Attack Signatures
  • Using Data Guard to Check Responses

Lesson 6: Policy Tuning and Violations

  • Post-Deployment Traffic Processing
  • Defining Violations
  • Defining False Positives
  • How Violations are Categorized
  • Violation Rating: A Threat Scale
  • Defining Staging and Enforcement
  • Defining Enforcement Mode
  • Defining the Enforcement Readiness Period
  • Reviewing the Definition of Learning
  • Defining Learning Suggestions
  • Choosing Automatic or Manual Learning
  • Defining the Learn, Alarm and Block Settings
  • Interpreting the Enforcement Readiness Summary
  • Configuring the Blocking Response Page

Lesson 7: Attack Signatures

  • Defining Attack Signatures
  • Attack Signature Basics
  • Creating User-Defined Attack Signatures
  • Defining Simple and Advanced Edit Modes
  • Defining Attack Signature Sets
  • Defining Attack Signature Pools
  • Understanding Attack Signatures and Staging
  • Updating Attack Signatures

Lesson 8: Positive Security Policy Building

  • Defining and Learning Security Policy Components
  • Defining the Wildcard
  • Defining the Entity Lifecycle
  • Choosing the Learning Scheme
  • How to Learn: Never (Wildcard Only)
  • How to Learn: Always
  • How to Learn: Selective
  • Reviewing the Enforcement Readiness Period: Entities
  • Viewing Learning Suggestions and Staging Status
  • Violations Without Learning Suggestions
  • Defining the Learning Score
  • Defining Trusted and Untrusted IP Addresses
  • How to Learn: Compact

Lesson 9: Cookies and Other Headers

  • F5 Advanced WAF Cookies: What to Enforce
  • Defining Allowed and Enforced Cookies
  • Configuring Security Processing on HTTP headers

Lesson 10: Reporting and Logging

  • Overview: Big Picture Data
  • Reporting: Build Your Own View
  • Reporting: Chart based on filters
  • Brute Force and Web Scraping Statistics
  • Viewing F5 Advanced WAF Resource Reports
  • PCI Compliance: PCI-DSS 3.0
  • The Attack Expert System
  • Viewing Traffic Learning Graphs
  • Local Logging Facilities and Destinations
  • How to Enable Local Logging of Security Events
  • Viewing Logs in the Configuration Utility
  • Exporting Requests
  • Logging Profiles: Build What You Need
  • Configuring Response Logging

Lesson 11: Lab Project 1

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Lesson 12: Advanced Parameter Handling

  • Defining Parameter Types
  • Defining Static Parameters
  • Defining Dynamic Parameters
  • Defining Dynamic Parameter Extraction Properties
  • Defining Parameter Levels
  • Other Parameter Considerations

Lesson 13: Policy Diff and Administration

  • Comparing Security Policies with Policy Diff
  • Merging Security Policies
  • Restoring with Policy History
  • Examples of F5 Advanced WAF Deployment Types
  • ConfigSync and F5 Advanced WAF Security Data
  • ASMQKVIEW: Provide to F5 Support for Troubleshooting

Lesson 14: Automatic Policy Building

  • Overview of Automatic Policy Building
  • Defining Templates Which Automate Learning
  • Defining Policy Loosening
  • Defining Policy Tightening
  • Defining Learning Speed: Traffic Sampling
  • Defining Track Site Changes

Lesson 15: Web Application Vulnerability Scanner Integration

  • Integrating Scanner Output into F5 Advanced WAF
  • Will Scan be Used for a New or Existing Policy?
  • Importing Vulnerabilities
  • Resolving Vulnerabilities
  • Using the Generic XML Scanner XSD file

Lesson 16: Layered Policies

  • Defining a Parent Policy
  • Defining Inheritance
  • Parent Policy Deployment Use Cases

Lesson 17: Login Enforcement, Brute Force Mitigation, and Session Tracking

  • Defining Login Pages
  • Configuring Automatic Detection of Login Pages
  • Defining Session Tracking
  • What Are Brute Force Attacks?
  • Brute Force Protection Configuration
  • Defining Source-Based Protection
  • Source-Based Brute Force Mitigations
  • Defining Session Tracking
  • Configuring Actions Upon Violation Detection
  • Session Hijacking Mitigation Using Device ID

Lesson 18: Web Scraping Mitigation and Geolocation Enforcement

  • Defining Web Scraping
  • Mitigating Web Scraping
  • Defining Geolocation Enforcement
  • Configuring IP Address Exceptions

Lesson 19: Layer 7 DoS Mitigation and Advanced Bot Protection

  • Defining Denial of Service Attacks
  • The General Flow of DoS Protection
  • Defining the DoS Profile
  • Overview of TPS-based DoS Protection
  • Applying TPS mitigations
  • Create a DoS Logging Profile
  • Defining DoS Profile General Settings
  • Defining Bot Signatures
  • Defining Proactive Bot Defense
  • Defining Behavioral and Stress-Based Detection
  • Defining Behavioral DoS Mitigation

Lesson 20: F5 Advanced WAF and iRules

  • Common Uses for iRules
  • Identifying iRule Components
  • Triggering iRules with Events
  • Defining F5 Advanced WAF iRule Events
  • Defining F5 Advanced WAF iRule Commands
  • Using F5 Advanced WAF iRule Event Modes

Lesson 21: Using Content Profiles

  • Defining Asynchronous JavaScript and XML
  • Defining JavaScript Object Notation (JSON)
  • Defining Content Profiles
  • The Order of Operations for URL Classification

Lesson 22: Review and Final Labs

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations and/or transfers with full refund will be allowed up to 10 business days prior to the start date of the course. Cancellations and/or transfers must be submitted in writing via fax at 888-596-7378 or email. With approved cancellation, reenrollment must be completed within 6 months or funds will be forfeited. Cancellations and/or transfer notices received after 9 business days prior to the start day of a course are not permitted. If a student does not attend a class and the required notification was not provided, funds will be forfeited and a rescheduling of the course will not be allowed. Rescheduling of a class is only permitted any time before 10 business days prior to the class start date.

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