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Citrix NetScaler Advanced Topics Security, Management, and Optimization (CNS 320)

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  • Instructional Method
  • Prerequisites
  • Syllabus
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

This  course  is  an instructor-led  training course with  classroom discussion,  demonstrations,  and the practical  application  of  concepts  through  hands-on  exercises.

Certification Preparation

This  course  is  not  currently associated with  any Citrix  certification program exams.


This  course  is  intended  for  system administrators or  network operations  personnel who  configure  and administer  Citrix  NetScaler  products.
Recommended pre-requisite courses:

• CNS-102 NetScaler Overview
• CNS-220 Citrix NetScaler Essentials and Traffic Management
• CNS-222 Citrix NetScaler Essentials and Unified Gateway

Topic Outline

Application Firewall Overview
• AppFirewall solution Security Model (include signature)
• Overview of types of attacks
• 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

Application Firewall Troubleshooting and Monitoring
• Security Insight
• HTTP Callout
• Rate-Limit
• AppQOE
• IP Reputation

• 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
  • Course Code: CNS-320
  • Duration : 5 days
  • Certified by: Citrix

This course is designed for students with previous experience NetScaler experience, and best suited for individuals who will be deploying and/or managing Citrix NetScaler Application Firewall (AppFirewall) to secure application access in a Citrix NetScaler environment, as well as NetScaler Management and Analytics System (MAS) to administer a Citrix NetScaler environment or optimize NetScaler-managed application delivery traffic. 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.

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