Overview

In this 2-day course, students are provided with a functional understanding of how to deploy, test and maintain F5 SSL Orchestrator to optimize the SSL infrastructure, provide security devices with visibility of SSL/TLS encrypted traffic, and maximize efficient use of that existing security investment.

The course includes lecture, hands-on labs, and discussion about the importance of SSL visibility, how F5 SSL Orchestrator supports policy-based management, steering of traffic flows to existing security devices and centralizes the SSL decrypt/encrypt function through multi-layered security, dynamic service chaining, topology selections and security policies.

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Prerequisites

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

  • Getting Started with BIG-IP web-based training
  • Getting Started with SSL Orchestrator (SSLO) web-based training

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

The following course-specific knowledge and experience is suggested before attending this course:

  • HTTP, HTTPS protocols
  • TLS/SSL
  • Security services such as malware detection, data loss/leak prevention (DLP), next-generation firewalls (NGFW), intrusion prevention systems (IPS), and Internet Content Adaptation Protocol (ICAP)
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Delegates will learn how to

  • Understand basic use cases for decryption and re-encryption of inbound and outbound SSL/TLS network traffic
  • Create dynamic service chains of multiple security services
  • Configure security policies to enable policy-based traffic steering
  • Add SSL visibility to existing applications
  • Deploy SSL Orchestrator configurations based on topology templates
  • Troubleshoot an SSL Orchestrator deployment

Course Topics

  • Compare F5 SSL Orchestration to manual 'daisy chaining' of security services
  • Learn essentials of PKI and certificates, how to create a certificate signing request, and how to import certificates and private keys into BIG-IP
  • Implement certificate forging in an SSL Forward Proxy deployment
  • Understand HTTP, ICAP, L3/L2, and TAP security services
  • Configure traffic classification and URL bypass within a security policy
  • Define security services to include in a dynamic service chain
  • Use the Guided Configuration to deploy an outbound Layer 3 transparent forward proxy
  • Use the Guided Configuration to deploy an outbound Layer 3 explicit forward proxy
  • Use the Guided Configuration to deploy an inbound Layer 3 reverse proxy
  • Use the Guided Configuration to deploy an SSL Orchestration for an existing application
  • Configure High Availability for SSLO devices
  • Troubleshoot SSLO and traffic flow issues
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Outline

Chapter 1: Introducing SSL Orchestrator

  • Internet Security and SSL Visibility
  • Introducing SSL Orchestrator and its role in network security
  • SSL Orchestrator Placement on the Network
  • Platform and Licensing Requirements

Chapter 2: Certificate Fundamentals

  • Overview of Internet Security Model
  • Understanding Certificate Use
  • Managing Certificates on SSL Orchestrator (BIG-IP)

Chapter 3: Architecture Overview

  • Inbound and outbound inspection
  • Cipher diversity
  • Broad topology and inspection device support
  • Dynamic service chaining and policy-based traffic steering
  • Advanced monitoring
  • Dynamic scaling and evaluation

Chapter 4: Guided Configuration

  • Reviewing the Landing Page
  • Selecting a Topology
  • Making SSL Certificate Configurations
  • Creating Services and Service Handling
  • Constructing a Service Chain
  • Building a Security Policy
  • Defining an Interception Rule
  • Examining Egress settings
  • Reviewing the Summary Page and Deployment
  • Exploring the SSL Orchestrator Dashboard

Chapter 5: Services

  • Relationship of devices to services
  • Inline layer 2, layer 3 and HTTP inspection services
  • ICAP and TAP passive inspection services

Chapter 6: Topologies

  • Selecting the appropriate topology
  • Benefits and limitations of topologies
  • Existing application integration
  • Layer 2 virtual wire concepts

Chapter 7: Components

  • Initial and subsequent forward proxy flow
  • Flow and header based signaling
  • Access components
  • Appropriate naming of service objects
  • Authentication
  • Tee connector design and flow

Chapter 8: Managing Security Policy

  • Creating security policies
  • Reviewing per-request policy for an outbound topology
  • Navigating Visual Policy Editor

Chapter 9: Solving SSL Orchestrator Problems

  • Collecting system information
  • Solving traffic flow issues
  • Guided Configuration and iAppLX issues
  • Troubleshooting with cURL
  • Traffic captures with tcpdump
  • Cleanup and deleting configurations

Chapter 10: SSL Orchestrator High Availability

  • Review BIG-IP High Availability
  • SSL Orchestrator High Availability (HA) Requirements
  • Installation and Upgrade Cautions
  • SSL Orchestrator in Scaled Mode
  • Troubleshooting SSL Orchestrator HA
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