Another month and another set of solutions from the IBM and F5 partnership, this time, some exciting developments in the security and reporting space with F5 Application Security Manager (ASM) and IBM InfoSphere Guardium.
Without further wait, here is the deployment guide, please go through it and send me your feedback. I will just add a few notes about this solution here for the TL;DR crowd.
So, what’s the fuss you may ask? We have created a real-time link between BIG-IP ASM and InfoSphere Guardium which was released with BIG-IP Version 11.3 Hotfix1. BIG-IP sits in front of your environment along with BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) (#2 in the diagram here). ASM inspects all the HTTP/S traffic coming into the site. ASM then sends relevant information (as your determine by configuration settings) to Guardium (#4 in the diagram here) so the data can be correlated in real time with the database information that Guardium is also collecting.
As a result of this technology, administrators can see in very close to real-time the SQL statements that are being caused by front-end users and those user’s relevant metadata (IP address, etc).
This level of introspection and reporting extends your defense in-depth capabilities. A truly powerful combination between F5 and IBM, one which I look forward to talking to you all about at RSA and Pulse in the coming month.