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The DevCentral Chronicles Volume 1, Issue 2

If you missed our initial issue of the DC Chronicles, check it out here. The Chronicles are intended to keep you updated on DevCentral happenings and highlight some of the cool articles you may have missed over the last month. Welcome.

agility18First up, 2018 will be the year that we publicly open up speaking proposals for our Agility conference this August. Historically, the presenters have been F5 employees or partners but this year, we’d love if you wanted to share your BIG-IP expertise, knowledge and mad-skillz to the greater F5 community. Review the info here and submit your proposal by Friday, Feb 9.

DevCentral_Why_Super-NetOps_minNext up is our exciting new (and FREE!) Super-NetOps training program. The Super-NetOps curriculum teaches BIG-IP administrators how to standardize services and provide them through automation tool chains. For Network Operations Engineers you can learn new skills, improve collaboration and advance your career. For Network Managers and Architects, you can support digital transformation and improve operational practices. As Jason Rahm notes with his Lightboard Lessons: Why Super-NetOps, Super-NetOps is not a technology but an evolutionary journey. Already featuring two complete classes on integrating NetOps expertise into the benefits of a DevOps world, this training program is poised to help the NetOps professional take a well-deserved seat at the continuous deployment table. I’ve taken the training and it is amazing.

Speaking of Lightboard Lessons, John Wagnon is going through the OWASP TOP 10 in his latest series and is already on number 5 of the list, Lightboard Lessons: OWASP Top 10 – Broken Access Control. The OWASP Top 10 is a list of the most common security risks on the Internet today and John has been lighting up each in some cool videos. If you want to learn about the OWASP TOP 10, start here and follow along.

Interested in BIG-IP security? Then check out Chase Abbot’s Security Hardening F5’s BIG-IP with SELinux. When a major release hits the street, documentation and digital press tends to focus on new or improved user features, seldom do underlying platform changes make the spotlight. Each BIG-IP release have plenty new customer-centric features but one unsung massive update is SELinux’s extensive enforcing mode policy across the architecture. Chase says that, BIG-IP and SELinux are no strangers, having coexisted since 2009, but comparing our original efforts to our current SELinux implementation is akin to having your kid’s youth soccer team shoot penalties against David Seaman. Good one.

Also filed under security for this edition is the Meltdown and Spectre Web Application Risk Management article by Nir Zigler. Nir talks about a simple setting that can reduce the attack surface with the “SameSite” Cookie Attribute. If you’re worried about those vulnerabilities, this is your article.

West 2018This week, I’ll be at the F5 AFCEA West Tech Day on Wednesday Feb. 7 as part of the AFCEA West 2018 Conference in San Diego. A full day of technical sessions covering the challenges of DoD cloud adoption with a fun Capture the Flag challenge. Our friends at Microsoft Azure will also talk about solutions to address the complex requirements of a secure cloud computing architecture. There is a great article over on MSDN explaining how to Secure IaaS workloads for Department of Defense with Microsoft and F5. #whereisdevcentral

Lastly, don’t forget to check out our Featured Member for February, Lee Sutcliffe, Lori’s take on #SOAD The State of Application Delivery 2018: Automation is Everywhere and the new F5 Editor Eclipse Plugin v2 which allows you to use the Eclipse IDE to manage iRules, iRules LX, iControl LX, and iApps LX development.

You can stay engaged with @DevCentral by following us on Twitter, joining our LinkedIn Group or subscribing to our YouTube Channel. Look forward to hearing about your BIG-IP adventures.

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Peter is an F5 evangelist for security, IoT, mobile and core. His background in theatre brings the slightly theatrical and fairly technical together to cover training, writing, speaking, along with overall product evangelism for F5. He's also produced over 350 videos and recorded over 50 audio whitepapers. After working in Professional Theatre for 10 years, Peter decided to change careers. Starting out with a small VAR selling Netopia routers and the Instant Internet box, he soon became one of the first six Internet Specialists for AT&T managing customers on the original ATT WorldNet network.

Now having his Telco background he moved to Verio to focus on access, IP security along with web hosting. After losing a deal to Exodus Communications (now Savvis) for technical reasons, the customer still wanted Peter as their local SE contact so Exodus made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. As only the third person hired in the Midwest, he helped Exodus grow from an executive suite to two enormous datacenters in the Chicago land area working with such customers as Ticketmaster, Rolling Stone, uBid, Orbitz, Best Buy and others.

Writer, speaker and Video Host, he's also been in such plays as The Glass Menagerie, All’s Well That Ends Well, Cinderella and others.

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