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Configuring F5 Advanced WAF previously licensed as ASM - BIG-AWF-CFG

WGAC-F5N-BIG-AWF-CFG

F5 Networks

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Introduction
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.
Prerequisites & Audience
The following general network technology knowledge and experience are recommended before attending any F5 Global Training Services instructor-led course:
  • OSI model encapsulation
  • Routing and switching
  • Ethernet and ARP
  • TCP/IP concepts
  • IP addressing and subnetting
  • NAT and private IP addressing
  • Default gateway
  • Network firewalls
  • LAN vs. WAN
Course Benefits
  • Describe the role of the BIG-IP system as a full proxy device in an application delivery network
  • Provision the F5 Advanced Web Application Firewall
  • 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
  • Deploy Threat Campaigns to secure against CVE threats
  • Contrast positive and negative security policy implementation and explain benefits of each
  • Configure security processing at the parameter level of a 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 for flow control
  • Mitigate credential stuffing
  • Configure protection against brute force attacks
  • Deploy Advanced Bot Defense against web scrapers, all known bots, and other automated agents
Course Topics
Chapter 1: 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
  • Understanding Profiles
  • Overview of Local Traffic Policies
  • Visualizing the HTTP Request Flow
Chapter 3: Overview of Web Application Processing
  • Web Application Firewall: Layer 7 Protection
  • 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
Chapter 4: Overview of Web Application Vulnerabilities
  • A Taxonomy of Attacks: The Threat Landscape
  • Common Exploits Against Web Applications
Chapter 5: Security Policy Deployments: Concepts and Terminology
  • Defining Learning
  • Comparing Positive and Negative Security Models
  • The Deployment Workflow
  • Assigning Policy to Virtual Server
  • Deployment Workflow: Using Advanced Settings
  • Configure Server Technologies
  • Defining Attack Signatures
  • Viewing Requests
  • Security Checks Offered by Rapid Deployment
Chapter 6: Policy Tuning and Violations
  • Post-Deployment Traffic Processing
  • 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: Using Attack Signatures and 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
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
  • Defining the Learning Score
  • Defining Trusted and Untrusted IP Addresses
  • How to Learn: Compact
Chapter 9: Securing Cookies and other Header Topics
  • The Purpose of F5 Advanced WAF Cookies
  • Defining Allowed and Enforced Cookies
  • Securing HTTP headers
Chapter 10: Visual Reporting and Logging
  • Viewing Application Security Summary Data
  • Reporting: Build Your Own View
  • Reporting: Chart based on filters
  • Brute Force and Web Scraping Statistics
  • Viewing Resource Reports
  • PCI Compliance: PCI-DSS 3.0
  • Analyzing Requests
  • Local Logging Facilities and Destinations
  • Viewing Logs in the Configuration Utility
  • Defining the Logging Profile
  • Configuring Response Logging
Chapter 11: Lab Project 1
Chapter 12: Advanced Parameter Handling
  • Defining Parameter Types
  • Defining Static Parameters
  • Defining Dynamic Parameters
  • Defining Parameter Levels
  • Other Parameter Considerations
Chapter 13: Automatic Policy Building
  • Defining Templates Which Automate Learning
  • Defining Policy Loosening
  • Defining Policy Tightening
  • Defining Learning Speed: Traffic Sampling
  • Defining Track Site Changes
Chapter 14: Integrating with Web Application Vulnerability Scanners
  • Integrating Scanner Output
  • Importing Vulnerabilities
  • Resolving Vulnerabilities
  • Using the Generic XML Scanner XSD file
Chapter 15: Deploying Layered Policies
  • Defining a Parent Policy
  • Defining Inheritance
  • Parent Policy Deployment Use Cases
Chapter 16: Login Enforcement and Brute Force Mitigation
  • Defining Login Pages for Flow Control
  • Configuring Automatic Detection of Login Pages
  • Defining Brute Force Attacks
  • Brute Force Protection Configuration
  • Source-Based Brute Force Mitigations
  • Defining Credential Stuffing
  • Mitigating Credential Stuffing
Chapter 17: Reconnaissance with Session Tracking
  • Defining Session Tracking
  • Configuring Actions Upon Violation Detection
Chapter 18: Layer 7 Denial of Service 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
Chapter 19: Advanced Bot Defense
  • Classifying Clients with the Bot Defense Profile
  • Defining Bot Signatures
  • Defining F5 Fingerprinting
  • Defining Bot Defense Profile Templates
  • Defining Microservices protection

Chapter 20: Final Projects

Course Changes since v15

The Configuring F5 Advanced Web Application Firewall course has been modified to reflect changes in the Configuration utility and changes in behavior.

Data Guard is now accessed under Advanced Settings per application security policy.

File Types are now accessed under Advanced Settings per application security policy.

Login Page configuration has moved to Sessions and Logins section per application security policy.

Lab numbers are no longer used: Labs are now identified by name.
The section and lab regarding Data Safe has been removed from the class.

A new section on Leaked Credentials Detection has been added to the Brute Force section of the class.

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