TRAINING COURSE

Configuring BIG-IP ASM: Application Security Manager

In this 4-day course, students are provided with a functional understanding of how to deploy, tune, and operate 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.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the role of the BIG-IP system as a full proxy device in an application delivery network
  • Provision the Application Security Manager
  • Define a web application firewall
  • Describe how ASM protects a web application by securing file types, URLs, and parameters
  • Deploy ASM 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 ASM
  • 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 ASM 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 ASM events and commands
  • Use Content Profiles to protect JSON and AJAX-based applications
  • Implement Bot Signatures
  • Implement Proactive Bot Defense

Course Topics

  • Provisioning ASM
  • Traffic processing with BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM)
  • Web application concepts
  • Web application vulnerabilities
  • Security policy deployment
  • Security policy tuning
  • Attack signatures
  • Positive security building
  • Securing cookies and other headers
  • Reporting and logging
  • Policy Diff, merging, and exporting
  • Advanced parameter handling
  • Using application templates
  • Using Automatic Policy Builder
  • Integrating with web vulnerability scanners
  • Login enforcement
  • Brute force mitigation
  • Session tracking
  • Web scraping detection and mitigation
  • Geolocation Enforcement and IP Address Exceptions
  • Using Parent and Child policies
  • Layer 7 DoS protection
  • ASM and iRules
  • Using Content Profiles for AJAX and JSON applications
  • Advanced Bot Detection and Defense
  • Proactive Bot Defense
  • Simple Edit Mode for Attack Signatures

Audience

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.

Prerequisites

There are no required F5 technology-specific prerequisites for this course.However, completing one the following before attending would be very helpful for students unfamiliar with BIG-IP:

The following free web-based courses, although optional, will be very helpful for any student with limited BIG-IP administration and configuration experience.

Major Course Changes since v13

The Configuring Application Security Manager v14.1 course now includes lab and lecture content for L7 Behavioral DoS, and a new chapter on Advanced Bot Defense as result of Unified Bot Defense changes in the product. To facilitate four-day delivery, lecture and lab material for previous Chapter 13: Policy Diff and Administration, Chapter 20: F5 Advanced WAF and iRules, and Chapter 21: Using Content Profiles have been moved to add-ons and are also available as part of the Training Pass web-based training offering.

Course Outlines

View Course Outline v14

v14 COURSE OUTLINE

Chapter 1: Setting Up the BIG-IP System

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

Chapter 2: Configuring Web Application Access

  • Review of BIG-IP LTM
  • Introduction to the Access Policy
  • Web Access Application Configuration Overview
  • Web Application Access Configuration in Detail

Chapter 3: Exploring the Access Policy

  • Navigating the Access Policy

Chapter 4: Managing BIG-IP APM

  • BIG-IP APM Sessions and Access Licenses
  • Session Variables and sessiondump
  • Session Cookies
  • Access Policy General Purpose Agents List

Chapter 5: Using Authentication

  • Introduction to Access Policy Authentication
  • Active Directory AAA Server
  • RADIUS
  • One-Time Password
  • Local User Database

Chapter 6: Understanding Assignment Agents

  • List of Assignment Agents

Chapter 7: Configuring Portal Access

  • Introduction to Portal Access
  • Portal Access Configuration Overview
  • Portal Access Configuration
  • Portal Access in Action

Chapter 8: Configuring Network Access

  • Concurrent User Licensing
  • VPN Concepts
  • Network Access Configuration Overview
  • Network Access Configuration
  • Network Access in Action

Chapter 9: Deploying Macros

  • Access Policy Macros
  • Configuring Macros
  • An Access Policy is a Flowchart
  • Access Policy Logon Agents
  • Configuring Logon Agents

Chapter 10: Exploring Client-Side Checks

  • Client-Side Endpoint Security

Chapter 11: Exploring Server-Side Checks

  • Server-Side Endpoint Security Agents List
  • Server-Side and Client-Side Checks Differences

Chapter 12: Using Authorization

  • Active Directory Query
  • Active Directory Nested Groups
  • Configuration in Detail

Chapter 13: Configuring App Tunnels

  • Application Access
  • Remote Desktop
  • Network Access Optimized Tunnels
  • Landing Page Bookmarks

Chapter 14: Deploying Access Control Lists

  • Introduction to Access Control Lists
  • Configuration Overview
  • Dynamic ACLs
  • Portal Access ACLs

Chapter 15: Signing On with SSO

  • Remote Desktop Single Sign-On
  • Portal Access Single Sign-On

Chapter 16: Using iRules

  • iRules Introduction
  • Basic TCL Syntax
  • iRules and Advanced Access Policy Rules

Chapter 17: Customizing BIG-IP APM

  • Customization Overview
  • BIG-IP Edge Client
  • Advanced Edit Mode Customization
  • Landing Page Sections

Chapter 18: Deploying SAML

  • SAML Conceptual Overview
  • SAML Configuration Overview

Chapter 19: Exploring Webtops and Wizards

  • Webtops
  • Wizards

Chapter 20: Using BIG-IP Edge Client

  • BIG-IP Edge Client for Windows Installation
  • BIG-IP Edge Client in Action

Chapter 21: Configuration Project

View Course Outline v13

v13 COURSE OUTLINE

Chapter 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

Chapter 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

Chapter 3: Web Application Concepts

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

Chapter 4: Common Web Application Vulnerabilities

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

Chapter 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

Chapter 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

Chapter 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

Chapter 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

Chapter 9: Cookies and Other Headers

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

Chapter 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 ASM 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

Chapter 11: Lab Project 1

Chapter 12: Advanced Parameter Handling

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

Chapter 13: Policy Diff and Administration

  • 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 14: Using Application-Ready Templates

  • Application Templates: Pre-Configured Baseline Security

Chapter 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 16: Web Application Vulnerability Scanner Integration

  • 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 17: Layered Policies

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

Chapter 18: 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

Chapter 19: Web Scraping Mitigation and Geolocation Enforcement

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

Chapter 20: 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

Chapter 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 22: Using Content Profiles

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

Chapter 23: Review and Final Labs

  • Final Lab Project (Option 1) – Production Scenario
  • Final Lab Project (Option 2) – JSON Parsing with the Default JSON Profile
  • Final Lab Project (Option 3) – Managing Traffic with Layer 7 Local Traffic Policies

SKU: F5-TRG-BIG-ASM-ESS

Price: $3,995 (USD)

Course Length: 4 days

Designed for:
    Network Administrator