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F5 Networks Configuring BIG-IP Advanced WAF: Web Application Firewall

New - Explore functional understanding of how to deploy, tune, and operate F5 Advanced Web Application Firewall to protect their web applications from HTTP-based attacks.

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.

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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.

What You'll Learn

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.

Course Outline

Module 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

Module 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

Module 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

Module 4: Common Web Application Vulnerabilities

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

Module 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

Module 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

Module 7: Attack Signatures & Threat Campaigns

  • 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
  • Defining Threat Campaigns
  • Deploying Threat Campaigns

Module 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

Module 9: Cookies and Other Headers

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

Module 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

Module 12: Advanced Parameter Handling

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

Module 13: 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 14: Web Application Vulnerability Scanner Integration

  • Integrating Scanner Output
  • Importing Vulnerabilities
  • Resolving Vulnerabilities
  • Using the Generic XML Scanner XSD file

Lesson 15: Deploying Layered Policies

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

Lesson 16: Login Enforcement and Brute Force Mitigation

  • Defining Login Pages for Flow Control
  • Configuring Automatic Detection of Login Pages
  • Defining Session Tracking
  • Brute Force Protection Configuration
  • Source-Based Brute Force Mitigations
  • Defining Credentials Stuffing
  • Mitigating Credentials Stuffing

Lesson 17: Reconnaissance with Session Tracking

  • Defining Session Tracking
  • Configuring Actions Upon Violation Detection

Lesson 18: Layer 7 DoS Mitigation

  • Defining Denial of Service Attacks
  • Defining the DoS Protection Profile
  • Overview of TPS-based DoS Protection
  • Creating a DoS Logging Profile
  • Applying TPS Mitigations
  • Defining Behavioral and Stress-Based Detection

Lesson 19: Advanced Bot Protection

  • Classifying Clients with the Bot Defense Profile
  • Defining Bot Signatures
  • Defining Proactive Bot Defense
  • Defining Behavioral and Stress-Based Detection
  • Defining Behavioral DoS Mitigation

Lesson 20: Form Encryption using DataSafe

  • Targeting Elements of Application Delivery
  • Exploiting the Document Object Model
  • Protecting Applications Using DataSafe
  • The Order of Operations for URL Classification

Labs Outline

  • Module 11: Lab Project 1
  • Lesson 21: Review and Final Labs

Prerequisites

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