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code: F5N-ASM | version: v.13.1

The BIG-IP Application Security Manager course gives participants a functional understanding of how to deploy, tune, and operate BIG-IP Application Security Manager (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.

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.

Course is based on the system version v13.1.

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  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
  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
  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
  4. Web Application Vulnerabilities
    • OWASP Top 10 Vulnerabilities
  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
  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
  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
  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
  9. Cookies and Other Headers
    • ASM Cookies: What to enforce
    • Understanding Allowed and Enforced Cookies
    • Configuring Security Processing on HTTP Headers
  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 Profiles
  11. User Roles and Policy Modification
    • Understanding User Roles & Partitions
    • Comparing Policies
    • Editing and Exporting Security Policies
    • Examples of ASM Deployment Types
    • Overview of ASM Synchronization
    • Collecting Diagnostic Data with asmqkview
  12. Lab Project
    • Lab Project 1
  13. Advanced Parameter Handling
    • Defining Parameters
    • Defining Static Parameters
    • Understanding Dynamic Parameters and Extractions
    • Defining Parameter Levels
    • Understanding Attack Signatures and Parameters
  14. Automatic Policy Building
    • Overview of Automatic Policy Building
    • Choosing a Policy Type
    • Defining Policy Building Process Rules
    • Defining the Learning Score
  15. Web Application Vulnerability Scanners
    • Integrating ASM with Vulnerability Scanners
    • Importing Vulnerabilities
    • Resolving Vulnerabilities
    • Using the Generic XML Scanner Output
  16. Login Enforcement & Session Tracking
    • Defining a Login URL
    • Defining Session Awareness and User Tracking
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. ASM and iRules
    • Defining Application Security iRule Events
    • Using ASM iRule Event Modes
    • iRule Syntax
    • ASM iRule Commands
  20. XML and Web Services
    • Defining XML
    • Defining Web Services
    • Configuring an XML Profile
    • Schema and WSDL Configuration
    • XML Attack Signatures
    • Using Web Services Security
  21. Web 2.0 Support: JSON Profiles
    • Defining Asynchronous JavaScript and XML
    • Defining JavaScript Object Notation
    • Configuring a JSON Profile
  22. Review and Final Labs
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Additional information


Before attending the Troubleshooting, ASM, DNS, APM, AAM, AFM, VIPRION or iRules courses is mandatory:

  • to take part in the BIG-IP Admin or LTM course
  • or possession of F5-CA or F5-CTS LTM certification
  • or pass special assessment test with sore 70% or greater.

To take assessment test:
Step 1: get an account on F5 University
Step 2: goto My Training and find Administering BIG-IP Course Equivalency Assessment
Take the test. Pass mark is 70%
Step 3: take a screen shot as proof of results
If this prerequisite is not met, F5 Networks have the right to refuse entry to the class.

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Duration 4 days

The participants will obtain certificates signed by F5 Networks (course completion). This course also will help to prepare you for the F5 Networks ASM Specialist certification (F5-CTS) exams Exam 303 - ASM Specialist, which is available through the Pearson VUE test centers.


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