Realdolmen Education


Citrix NetScaler Advanced Topics – Security, Management, and Optimization

This course is currently not scheduled on the open calendar, but can be organized on request.

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5 day(s)


Students interested in learning the skills required to deploy and manage AppFirewall to secure application access in their Citrix NetScaler environment, as well as NetScaler MAS to administer a Citrix NetScaler environment, or optimize NetScaler-managed application delivery traffic. Specifically: • Administrators • Implementers / Engineers • Architects


Recommended pre-requisite courses: • CNS-102 NetScaler Overview AND • CNS-220 Citrix NetScaler Essentials and Traffic Management OR • CNS-222 Citrix NetScaler Essentials and Unified Gateway


Students will learn the skills required to deploy and manage AppFirewall including types of web attacks, protections and signatures, the adaptive learning engine, AppFirewall policies and profiles, troubleshooting, and additional pertinent NetScaler security features. Students will learn the skills required for deploying and utilizing the NetScaler Management and Analytics System including the ability to manage multiple NetScaler platforms centrally, orchestrate configuration changes, report on transactions passing through the NetScaler environment, visualize infrastructure, and plan expansions. Students will also learn how to implement features including Caching, Frontend Optimization, NetScaler Web logging, and TCP/HTTP optimization to optimize traffic managed by a NetScaler environment. At the end of the course, students will be able to configure NetScaler environments to address application services security requirements with AppFirewall, as well as automate and manage network services for scale-out application architectures with Citrix NetScaler Management and Analytics System and optimize NetScaler managed application delivery traffic


This course is offered in instructor-led training (ILT)/virtual instructor-led training (vILT) formats with application of concepts through hands-on exercises in a live lab environment.


Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: • Identify common web attacks and vulnerabilities • Write PERL compatible regular expressions • Understand how to utilize the adaptive learning engine • Configure AppFirewall to protect web applications • Utilize NetScaler Secure Insight to Monitor, Manage and report on Application Services security • Troubleshoot AppFirewall

• Manage multiple NetScaler platforms centrally • Orchestrate configuration changes • Report on transactions passing through the NetScaler environment • Visualize infrastructure and plan expansion


  • Days 1-3
    • Application Firewall Overview
      • AppFirewall solution Security Model (include signature)
      • Overview of types of attacks
      • PCIDSS
      • Adaptive Learning Engine
      • Packet Processing and Inspection
      • Log Files – view violations
    • Policies and Profiles
      • Profiles
      • Policies
      • Engine Settings
    • Regular Expressions
      • Forms of Regular Expressions
      • Using Regular Expressions
      • Metacharacters and Literal Characters
      • Escapes
      • Quantifiers
      • Back Referencing
      • Lookaheads
      • Regular Expression Scope
    • Attacks and Protections
      • Data Flow with AppFirewall
      • Security Checks
      • AppFirewall Actions
      • Adaptive Learning
      • Signatures
      • Code Quality (HTML Comment Striping)
      • Buffer Overflow
      • SQL injection
      • Cross-Site Scripting
      • Cookie Tampering
      • Cookie Protection
      • Parameter Tampering
      • Server Misconfiguration
      • Form Protections
      • Identity Theft - CC – Safe Object
      • URL Protections – Start URL and Deny URL
      • CSRF
    • Application Firewall Troubleshooting and Monitoring
      • Security Insight
      • HTTP Callout
      • Rate-Limit
      • AppQOE
      • IP Reputation
  • Days 4-5
    • Introduction
      • NetScaler MAS Introduction and Configuration
      • Using NetScaler MAS to Manage and Monitor NetScalers
      • Using NetScaler MAS to Manage NetScaler configurations
    • MAS analytics
    • Optimization
      • Caching
      • Frontend Optimization
      • TCP/HTTP optimization
    • NetScaler Web Logging