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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.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the role of the BIG-IP system as a full proxy device in an application delivery network
  • Provision F5 Advanced Web Application Firewall resources
  • 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
  • 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 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 and session tracking
  • Configure protection against brute force, web scraping, and Layer 7 denial of service attacks
  • Implement iRules using specific F5 Advanced Web Application Firewall events and commands
  • Use Content Profiles to protect JSON and AJAX-based applications
  • Implement Bot Signatures
  • Implement Proactive Bot Defense

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.

Conspect Show list

  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
  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
  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
  4. Common Web Application Vulnerabilities
    • A Taxonomy of Attacks: The Threat Landscape
    • What Elements of Application Delivery are Targeted?
    • Common Exploits Against Web Applications
  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
  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
  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
  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
  9. Cookies and Other Headers
    • F5 Advanced WAF Cookies: What to Enforce
    • Defining Allowed and Enforced Cookies
    • Configuring Security Processing on HTTP headers
  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
  11. Lab Project 1
  12. Advanced Parameter Handling
    • Defining Parameter Types
    • Defining Static Parameters
    • Defining Dynamic Parameters
    • Defining Dynamic Parameter Extraction Properties
    • Defining Parameter Levels
    • Other Parameter Considerations
  13. Policy Diff and Administration
    • Comparing Security Policies with Policy Diff
    • Merging Security Policies
    • Restoring with Policy History
    • Examples of F5 Advanced WAF Deployment Types
    • ConfigSync and F5 Advanced WAF Security Data
    • ASMQKVIEW: Provide to F5 Support for Troubleshooting
  14. 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
  15. Web Application Vulnerability Scanner Integration
    • Integrating Scanner Output into F5 Advanced WAF
    • Will Scan be Used for a New or Existing Policy?
    • Importing Vulnerabilities
    • Resolving Vulnerabilities
    • Using the Generic XML Scanner XSD file
  16. Layered Policies
    • Defining a Parent Policy
    • Defining Inheritance
    • Parent Policy Deployment Use Cases
  17. 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
  18. Web Scraping Mitigation and Geolocation Enforcement
    • Defining Web Scraping
    • Mitigating Web Scraping
    • Defining Geolocation Enforcement
    • Configuring IP Address Exceptions
  19. 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
  20. F5 Advanced WAF and iRules
    • Common Uses for iRules
    • Identifying iRule Components
    • Triggering iRules with Events
    • Defining F5 Advanced WAF iRule Events
    • Defining F5 Advanced WAF iRule Commands
    • Using F5 Advanced WAF iRule Event Modes
  21. Using Content Profiles
    • Defining Asynchronous JavaScript and XML
    • Defining JavaScript Object Notation (JSON)
    • Defining Content Profiles
    • The Order of Operations for URL Classification
  22. 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 L7 Local Traffic Policies
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Additional information


There are no F5-technology-specific prerequisites for this course. However, completing the following before attending would be very helpful for students with limited BIG-IP administration and configuration experience:

  • Administering BIG-IP instructor-led course


  • F5 Certified BIG-IP Administrator

The following free web-based training courses, although optional, will be very helpful for any student with limited BIG-IP administration and configuration experience. These courses are available at F5 University:

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
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