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F5 Networks Configuring BIG-IP ASM v13: Application Security Manager

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F5 Networks Configuring BIG-IP ASM v13: Application Security Manager Course Outline

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The BIG-IP Application Security Manager course gives participants a functional understanding of how to deploy, tune, and operate BIG-IP Application Security Manager (ASM) to protect their web applications from HTTP-based attacks. The course includes
lecture, hands-on labs, and discussion about different ASM components 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.

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

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 Application Security Manager.

Course 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 and ASM
HTTP Request Flow
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Lesson 3 : Web Application Concepts
Overview of Web Application Request Processing
Web Application Are Vulnerable Even with SSL
Layer 7 Protection with Web Application Firewalls
Overview of Web Communication Elements
Parsing URLs
Overview of the HTTP Request Structure
Method: Perform Actions on a Server
HTTP Methods ASM Accepts by Default
Comparing POST with GET
Risks Within Other Methods
Methods Enforcement for URLs
HTTP Response Codes
Examining HTTP Responses
HTTPUser Input Forms: Free Text Input
User Input Forms: Free Text Input
How ASM Parses File Types, URLs, and Parameters
Using the Fiddler HTTP Proxy
Chapter Resources

Lesson 4 : Common Web Application Vulnerabilities
Common Exploits Against Web Applications

Lesson 5 : Security Policy Deployment
Comparing Positive and Negative Security Models
Deployment: Combining Positive and Negative Security
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
Deployment Workflow: Advanced Settings
Viewing Requests
Security Checks Offered by Rapid Deployment
Response Checks Using Data Guard
Chapter Resources

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
Defining 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
Chapter Resources

Lesson 7 : Attack Signatures
Defining Attack Signatures
Creating User-Defined Attack Signatures
Defining Attack Signature Sets
Defining Attack Signature Pools
Updating Attack Signatures
Understanding Attack Signatures and Staging
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Lesson 8 : Positive Security Policy Building
Defining Security Policy Components
Defining the Wildcard
The Entity Staging 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
Violations Without Learning Suggestions
Defining the Learning Score
Defining Trusted and Untrusted IP Addresses
How to Learn: Compact
Chapter Resources

Lesson 9 : Cookies and Other Headers
ASM Cookies: What to Enforce
Defining Allowed and Enforced Cookies
Configuring Security Processing on HTTP headers
Chapter Resources

Lesson 10 : Reporting and Logging
Reporting: Build Your Own View
Reporting: Chart based on filters
Brute Force and Web Scraping Statistics
Viewing ASM Resource Reports
PCI Compliance: PCI-DSS 3.0
Generating a Security Events Report
Viewing Traffic Learning Graphs
Local Logging Facilities and Destinations
Viewing Logs in the Configuration Utility
Logging Profiles: Build What You Need
Chapter Resources

Lesson 11 : Lab Project

Lesson 12 : User Roles and Policy Modification
Defining User Roles
Defining ASM User Roles
Defining Partitions
Configuring User Partition Access
Comparing Security Policies with Policy Diff
Merging Security Policies
Editing and Exporting Security Policies
Restoring with Policy History
Examples of ASM Deployment Types
ConfigSync and ASM Security Data
ASMQKVIEW: Provide to F5 Support for Troubleshooting
Chapter Resources

Lesson 13 : Advanced Parameter Handling
Defining Parameter Types
Defining Static Parameters
Defining Dynamic Parameters
Defining Dynamic Parameter Extraction Properties
Defining Parameter Levels
Other Parameter Considerations
Chapter Resources

Lesson 14 : Application-Ready Templates
Application Templates: Pre-Configured Baseline Security
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Lesson 15 : 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
Chapter Resources

Lesson 16 : Web Application Vulnerability Scanners
Integrating Scanner Output Into ASM
Will Scan be Used for a New or Existing Policy?
Importing Vulnerabilities
Resolving Vulnerabilities
Using the Generic XML Scanner XSD file
Chapter Resources

Lesson 17 : Login Enforcement & Session Tracking
Defining a Login URL
Login Enforcement: Time and Logout Conditions
Defining Session Tracking
Configuring Actions Upon Violation Detection
Session Hijacking Mitigation
Why Fingerprint A Client
Chapter Resources

Lesson 18 : Brute Force and Web Scraping Mitigation
Defining Anomalies
Mitigating Brute Force Attacks via Login Page
Defining Session-Based Brute Force Protection
Defining Dynamic Brute Force Protection
Defining the Prevention Policy
Defining Web Scraping
Defining Geolocation Enforcement
Configuring IP Address Exceptions
Chapter Resources

Lesson 19 : Layered Policies
Defining a Parent Policy
Defining Inheritance
Parent Policy Deployment Use Cases
Chapter Resources

Lesson 20 : Layer 7 DoS mitigation
Defining Denial of Service Attacks
Defining DoS Profile General Settings
Defining Proactive Bot Defense
Using Bot Signatures
Defining TPS-based DoS Protection
Defining Operation Mode
Defining Mitigation Methods
Defining Behavioral and Stress-Based Detection
Defining Behavioral DoS
Chapter Resources

Lesson 21 : ASM and iRules
Common Uses for iRules
Identifying iRule Components
Triggering iRules with Events
Defining ASM iRule Events
Defining ASM iRule Commands
Using ASM iRule Event Modes
Chapter Resources

Lesson 22 : Content Profiles
Defining Asynchronous JavaScript and XML
Defining JavaScript Object Notation (JSON)
Defining Content Profiles
The Order of Operations for URL Classification
Chapter Resources

Lesson 23 : Review and Final Labs
Course Review Questions
Answers to Review Questions

Lesson 24 : Additional Training and Certification
Getting Started Series Web-Based Training
F5 Instructor Led Training Curriculum
F5 Professional Certification Program

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