CNS-320: Citrix ADC Advanced Concepts - Security, Management and Optimization

Learn how to configure your Citrix networking environment to address application services security requirements with Citrix Web App Firewall; automate and manage network services for scale-out of application architectures with Citrix Application Delivery Management; and optimize Citrix ADC-managed application delivery traffic.

This five day course for experienced Citrix networking architects, engineers and administrators will teach you to deploy and manage Web App Firewall to protect web applications against different types of attacks. It will also give you a practical understanding of Citrix Application Delivery Management capabilities for centralized management of multiple Citrix ADC platforms, orchestration of changes, transaction reporting, infrastructure visualization and planning.

Versions covered:

This course is currently on Citrix ADC version 12.x
The course will be updated on Citrix ADC version 13.x in Q2 2021.

Course goals / what you will learn:

  • Identify common web attacks and vulnerabilities
  • Write PERL compatible regular expressions
  • Understand how to operate the adaptive learning engine
  • Configure Citrix Web App Firewall to protect web applications
  • Utilize Secure Insight to monitor, manage, and report on Application Services security


This training is built for

  • IT Professionals with extensive App Delivery and Security and Citrix ADC experience
  • IT Professionals who are responsible for defining the overall structure or
    architecture of a Citrix App Delivery and Security environment.

This course encompasses advanced Citrix App Delivery and Security configurations and leading Citrix design principles.


Citrix recommends that students prepare for this course by taking one of the following courses:

Course outline:

Module 1: Citrix Web App Firewall Overview

  • The Business Problem
  • Industry Standards
  • Protection Methodologies
  • Introducing Citrix Web App Firewall

Module 2: Citrix Web App Firewall Profiles and Policies 

  • Citrix Web App Firewall Policies
  • Citrix Web App Firewall Profiles
  • Citrix Web App Firewall Learning
  • Citrix Web App Firewall Engine SettingsProfiles

Module 3: Implementing Citrix Web App Firewall Protections

  • Security Checks and Data Flow
  • Rules and Adaptive Learning
  • Signatures and Comment Stripping
  • Top-Level Protections

Module 4: Additional Citrix Web App Firewall Protections

  • Cookie Consistency
  • Advanced Form Protection Checks
  • URL Protections
  • Protecting Sensitive Data

Module 5: Monitoring and Troubleshooting Citrix Web App Firewall

  • Web App Firewall and Web Applications
  • Logging and Reporting
  • Customizing Errors
  • Troubleshooting

Module 6: Security and Filtering

  • Application level Quality of Experience (AppQoE)
  • IP Reputation
  • Rate Limiting
  • HTTP Callout

Module 7: Authentication with Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML)

  • What is SAML?
  • Configuring SAML on Citrix ADC

Module 8: Authentication with OAuth, OpenID, and nFactor

  • OAuth and OpenID
  • Configuring OAuth on Citrix ADC
  • Multi-Factor Authentication with nFactor
  • Configuring nFactor

Module 9: Application Delivery Management Introduction

  • An introduction to Application Delivery Management
  • Application Delivery Management Deployment and Configuration
  • Deploying Citrix Application Delivery Management in High Availability
  • Citrix Application Delivery Management Instance Management

Module 10: Managing and Monitoring Application Delivery Management

  • Inventory Management
  • User Management
  • Analytics and Automation
  • SSL Certificate Management

Module 11: Managing Citrix ADC Configuration

  • Application Management
  • StyleBooks
  • Configuration Management

Module 12: Citrix ADC Web Logging

  • Understanding Web Traffic
  • Installing and configuring ADC 12.x Web Logging
  • Troubleshooting ADC 12.x Web Logging

Module 13: Integrated Caching

  • Introduction to Integrated Caching
  • Static and Dynamic Content
  • Request and Response Process Flow
  • Understanding Cache Policies
  • Identifying Content Group Settings

Module 14: Front End Optimization

  • Improving Content Delivery
  • Front-End Optimization Use Cases
  • Understanding Minification
  • CSS Optimizations

Module 15: Tuning and Optimization

  • Connections on the Citrix ADC
  • Connection Profiles
  • Queuing on the Citrix ADC
  • Connection Tuning Practices


CNS-320 is recommended as preparation for exam 1Y0-341: Citrix ADC Advanced Topics – Security, Management, and Optimization. When passing this exam you will get the CCP-AppDS Citrix Certified Professional - App delivery and Security certification 

IMPORTANT NOTE! In order to become CCP-AppDS certified, you will need to have the Associate certification: Citrix Certified Associate - App Delivery and Security (CCA - AppDS)

When you attend this course, an exam Voucher is included!