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F5 Networks Configuring BIG-IP ASM v12: Application Security Manager

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Learn skills in this 4 day instructor led course to manage Web-based and XML application attacks and use Application Security Manager to defend against these attacks, including building security policies, utilizing traffic learning, deploying Application Security Manager with various applications, and testing using realistic web site traffic.


Lesson 1 : Setting up BIG-IP System
  • Introducing the BIG-IP System
  • Initially Setting Up the BIG-IP System
  • Archiving the BIG-IP Configuration
  • F5 Support Resources and Tools
Lesson 2 : Traffic Processing with BIG-IP
  • Identifying BIG-IP Traffic Processing Objects
  • Understanding Network Packet Flow
  • Understanding Profiles
  • Overview of Local Traffic Policies and ASM
Lesson 3 : Web Application Concepts
  • Anatomy of a web application
  • An Overview of Common Security Methods
  • Examining HTTP and Web Application Components
  • Examining HTTP Headers
  • Examining HTTP Responses
  • Examining HTML Components
  • How ASM Parses File Types, URLs, and Parameters
  • Using the Fiddler HTTP proxy tool
Lesson 4 : Web Application Vulnerabilities
  • OWASP Top 10 Vulnerabilities
Lesson 5 : Security Policy Deployment
  • Comparing Positive and Negative Security
  • Using the Deployment Wizard
  • Deployment Wizard: Local Traffic Deployment
  • Deployment Wizard: Workflow
  • Reviewing Requests
  • Security Checks offered by Rapid Deployment
  • Configuring Data Guard
Lesson 6 : Policy Tuning and Violations
  • Post-Configuration Traffic Processing
  • Defining False Positives
  • How Violations are Categorized
  • Violation Ratings
  • Enforcement Settings and Staging: Policy Control
  • Defining Signature Staging
  • Defining Enforcement Readiness Period
  • Defining Learning
  • Violations and Learning Suggestions
  • Learning Mode: Automatic or Manual
  • Defining Learn, Alarm and Block settings
  • Interpreting Enforcement Readiness Summary
  • Configuring the Blocking Response Page
Lesson 7 : Attack Signatures
  • Defining Attack Signatures
  • Creating User-Defined Attack Signatures
  • Attack Signature Normalization
  • Attack Signature Structure
  • Defining Attack Signature Sets
  • Defining Attack Signature Pools
  • Updating Attack Signatures
  • Understanding Attack Signatures and Staging
Lesson 8 : Positive Security Policy Building
  • Defining Security Policy Components
  • Choosing an Explicit Entities Learning Scheme
  • How to learn: Add All Entities
  • Staging and Entities: The Entity Lifecycle
  • How to Learn: Never (Wildcard Only)
  • How to Learn: Selective
  • Learning Differentiation: Real Threats vs. False positives
Lesson 9 : Cookies and Other Headers
  • ASM Cookies: What to Enforce
  • Understanding Allowed and Enforced Cookies
  • Configuring Security Processing on HTTP Headers
Lesson 10 : Reporting and Logging
  • Reporting Capabilities in ASM
  • Viewing DoS Reports
  • Generating an ASM Security Events Report
  • Viewing Log files and Local Facilities
  • Understanding Logging Profile
Lesson 11 : User Roles and Policy Modification
  • Understanding User Roles and Partitions
  • Comparing Policies
  • Editing and Exporting Security Policies
  • Examples of ASM Deployment Types
  • Overview of ASM Synchronization
  • Collecting Diagnostic Data with asmqkview
Lesson 12 : Lab Project
  • Lab Project 1
Lesson 13 : Advanced Parameter Handling
  • Defining Parameters
  • Defining Static Parameters
  • Understanding Dynamic Parameters and Extractions
  • Defining Parameter Levels
  • Understanding Attack Signatures and Parameters
Lesson 14 : Application-Ready Templates
  • Application Template Overview
Lesson 15 : Automatic Policy Building
  • Overview of Automatic Policy Building
  • Choosing a Policy Type
  • Defining Policy Building Process Rules
  • Defining the Learning Score
Lesson 16 : Web Application Vulnerability Scanners
  • Integrating ASM with Vulnerability Scanners
  • Importing Vulnerabilities
  • Resolving Vulnerabilities
  • Using the Generic XML Scanner Output
Lesson 17 : Login Enforcement & Session Tracking
  • Defining a Login URL
  • Defining Session Awareness and User Tracking
Lesson 18 : Brute force and Web Scraping Mitigation
  • Defining Anomalies
  • Mitigating Brute Force Attacks
  • Defining Session-Based Brute Force Protection
  • Defining Dynamic Brute Force Protection
  • Defining the Prevention Policy
  • Mitigating Web Scraping
  • Defining Geolocation Enforcement
  • Configuring IP Address Exceptions
Lesson 19 : Layer 7 DoS Mitigation
  • Defining Denial of Service Attacks
  • Defining General Settings L7 DoS Profile
  • Defining TPS-Based DoS Protection
  • Defining Operation Mode
  • Defining Mitigation Methods
  • Defining Stress-Based Detection
  • Defining Proactive Bot Defense
  • Using Bot Signatures
Lesson 20 : ASM and iRules
  • Defining Application Security iRule Events
  • Using ASM iRule Event Modes
  • iRule Syntax
  • ASM iRule Commands
Lesson 21 : XML and Web Services
  • Defining XML
  • Defining Web Services
  • Configuring an XML Profile
  • Schema and WSDL Configuration
  • XML Attack Signatures
  • Using Web Services Security
Lesson 22 : Web 2.0 Support: JSON Profiles
  • Defining Asynchronous JavaScript and XML
  • Defining JavaScript Object Notation
  • Configuring a JSON Profile
Lesson 23 : Review and Final LabsLesson 24 : Additional Training and Certification
  • Getting Started Series Web-Based Training
  • F5 Instructor Led Training Curriculum
  • F5 Professional Certification Program


  • Administering BIG-IP
  • Basic familiarity with HTTP, HTML and XML
  • Basic web application and security concepts.
$3995.00 List Price

4 Days Course

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