IMPERVA SecureSphere Web Application Security Version 13.0

Course Description:

Web Application Firewall (WAF) Protects Your Web Server in Data Center against Cyber attacks like SQL injection, cross site scripting and other Malicious Injections. WAF is designed to Protect against OSWAP top Ten Risks.


Imperva WAF is Winner of 5th Consecutive Gartner Magic Quadrant for WAF. It offers both On Premise as well as Cloud hosted Solutions with "Hybrid approach"


Course Pre-requisite:

Before taking this course, you should have the following skills:

  • General understanding of application layer security concepts, application layer Web, and/or database  protocols
  • Basic understanding of HTML and HTTP
  • URLs, Parameters, headers, methods, HTTP server response codes, etc.
  • Experience implementing or managing data center security or database applications.

Course Duration: 32 hours

Course Audience: This course is intended for security administrators, security analysts,      security engineers, and Web application developers who are responsible for securing and monitoring Web applications with Secure Sphere.

Lesson Objectives

Lesson 1: Lab Environment and SecureSphere Web UI

  •     Review the SecureSphere Architecture
  •     Become familiar with the presentation of the training materials.
  •     Learn to use the Imperva training portal to find supplemental course materials.
  •     Become familiar with the lab environment, topology, and user accounts.
  •     Become familiar with the SecureSphere Web UI’s major components and navigating the Web UI.

  • Lesson 2: Initial Web UI Configuration

  •     Set password strength requirements.
  •     Enable users to enter comments when making changes to security policies.
  •     Create SecureSphere user accounts and roles.
  •     Configure Active Directory authentication.
  •     Update ADC content.
  • Lesson 3: Sites Tree Configuration

  •     Create a Site.
  •     Create a Server Group.
  •     Create a Service and default Application.
  •     Discover and secure previously unknown servers on the network.
  •     Add discovered servers to a Site.
  • Lesson 4: HTTP Service Configuration

  •     Configure Forwarded Connections (Load Balanced Traffic)
  •     Install Protected Web Servers’ SSL Keys
  •     Configure Data Masking
  •     Configure Web Error Pages
  • Lesson 5: HTTP Application Configuration

  •     Create and Configure Web Applications as needed.
  •     Direct HTTP client traffic to the appropriate Web Application.
  •     Adjust initial learning thresholds so that SecureSphere more accurately profile web traffic
  • Lesson 6: Actions

  •     Define, compare, and contrast Action Interfaces, Action Sets, and Followed Actions.
  •     Explain placeholders, and where to find complete details regarding them.
  •     Create Email, FTP, Syslog, etc., Action Interfaces as needed.
  •     Create Email, FTP, Syslog, etc., Action Sets as needed.
  •     Use Followed Actions to implement Action Sets on system administration jobs.
  • Lesson 7: Security Policies

  •     Given different types of Web attacks, configure appropriate polices to defend Web applications.
  •     Implement Followed Actions in Security Policies.
  •     Configure and apply:
  •         Signature policies to defend Web applications from attacks with easily recognizable signatures.
  •         Protocol policies to defend Web applications from protocol attacks.
  •         Correlation policies to protect against multi-front Web attacks.
  •         Custom Web policies to protect specific application weaknesses.
  •     Explain the factors that determine when to use modify a built-in policy, and when to create a copy of a built-in policy and modify it instead.
  • Lesson 8: Web Application Profiling

  •     Describe the components of the Web Application Profile.
  •     Explain how the Web Application Profile learns and protects web applications.
  •     Define and explain how application activity is mapped to the profile application mapping.
  •     Identify common web application components used in the learning process.
  •     Define and explain how web application user tracking operates.
  •     Explain how to select Web Profile Policy rules for the protected web application.
  • Lesson 9: Threat Radar

  •     Identify and configure appropriate Threat Radar feeds to help secure web applications.
  •     Identify when to use and how to configure TR Reputation Services.
  •     Identify when to use and how to configure Threat Radar Bot Protection.
  •     Identify when to use and how to configure Intelligence (Community Defense).
  • Lesson 10: Alerts and Violations

  •     Use the Monitoring Dashboard to view a summary of current Violations and Alerts.
  •     Perform detailed analysis of Alerts and Violations to identify false positives, attacks, and tuning opportunities.
  •     Use the “Add as Exception” and “add to profile” buttons to tune policies and profiles.
  •     Manage the workflow of Security Monitoring by using Secure Sphere’s Alert Flags.
  • Lesson 11: Reporting

  •     Describe the features of Secure Sphere’s Report Settings.
  •     Describe how to work with report Keywords.
  •     Create reports of various types, including System Events, Configuration, and Alerts reports.
  •     Schedule Reports and the Reports Archive job.
  •     Create security-focused reports, such as Daily or Weekly Top 10 Alert reports.
  • Lesson 12: Web Application Security Tuning

  •     Use Reports to identify where to tune SecureSphere.
  •     Use the Profile Optimization Wizard to help tune Profiles.
  •     Explain the impact and trade-offs of various Profile tuning options.
  •     Examine multiple ways to tune Security Policies.
  • Lesson 13: Active Blocking

  •     Configure SecureSphere to enforce the tuned configuration.
  •     Move SecureSphere from Simulation to Active Blocking mode.
  •     Verify the non-default error page is working.
  •     Identify and manage Followed Action Block events.
  •     Configure additional Web Error Page Groups as needed.
  • Lesson 14: Reverse Proxy

  •     Select the appropriate reverse proxy mode based on deployment requirements for URL rewriting, cookie signing, SSL termination, and/or response rewriting.
  •     Configure Reverse Proxy mode settings.
  •     Configure and apply SSL Cipher Suites to inbound and outbound proxy rules.
  •     Create and configure default and custom web error pages for use in security policies.
  •     Configure URL rewrite and redirection rules.
  •     Configure SecureSphere to work with SSL Client Certificates.
  • Lesson 15: End of Class Capstone Exercise

  •     Configure a Site Hierarchy to protect a Web Application.
  •     Mask sensitive data, such as credit card numbers, so they are not exposed.
  •     Configure SecureSphere’s Web Application profiles and map web traffic to appropriate Web Applications.
  •     Configure SecureSphere to properly support and inspect traffic that is load balanced or proxied before reaching the protected web servers.
  •     Automate and archive regular SecureSphere system backups.
  •     Configure SecureSphere to protect web servers against data leakage.
  •     Configure SecureSphere to share information with external monitoring servers, such as a syslog server.
  •     Perform Security Tuning to optimize SecureSphere’s configuration.
  •     Create a variety of reports.
  •     Find and protect unexpected / rogue servers on the network.