F5

Founded in 1996 with a load balancer (“BIG-IP”). This would detect when a server went down and redirect traffic to another server in the traffic group. Since then, the BIG-IP product family has grown to include:

  1. Local Traffic Manager (LTM)
  2. Application Security Manager (ASM)
  3. Access Policy Manager (APM)
  4. Advanced Filewall Manager (AFM)
  5. IP Intelligence (IPI)
  6. WebSafe
  7. BIG-IP DNS

BIG-IP LTM

Local Traffic Manager

DSC = Device Service Clustering i.e. “active-standby” of the BIG-IP device

BIG-IP WAF

WAF = “web application firewall”

L7 (application) in the OSI model

Parses the HTTP request

OWASP Top 10

PCI Compliance

Response rewrite/mask (e.g. detect CC numbers and mask them)