Stanislas Piron is a Security Engineer
for ExITeam. 16 years ago, Stanislas
started out with Firewalls, email and Web content security. His first F5
deployment was with LTM and Link Controller 10 years ago and he is DevCentral’s
Featured Member for October!
to focus on F5 products as pre-sales engineer for a IT security distributor in
charge of F5 development. 4 years ago, he joined Exiteam, a small company of
two security engineers helping resellers audit, design and deploy security
solutions for their customers. To provide real expertise, they both focus their
skills on a small set of products. He works with F5 products about 80% of his
got an opportunity to chat with Stanislas about his work, life and if European
organizations have unique security requirements.
You’ve been an active contributor to the DevCentral community and wondered what
keeps you involved?
Piron: When I started working with F5 products, I created my DevCentral account to
search piece of iRules and write my own iRules according to customer’s needs.
As the needs
grew, I had some unanswered questions. Searching DevCentral, I found another
approaches to solving issues, helping me to solve my own challenges. Each time
I find a better way to solve my problems, I try to share my code.
I often read
question and try to solve them thinking, “This can solve an issue of a customer
I didn’t think about before”
is a place where every time you help someone, you learn something.
us a little about the areas of BIG-IP expertise you have.
favorite BIG-IP product is APM (LTM+APM mode), which covers almost everything
about authentication. It’s also the product we must configure as simple as
possible if we do not want the customer to have headaches reading the access
deploy BIG-IP with multiple modules including LTM, APM, AFM, GTM and ASM to
offer high datacenter security.
Most of my
deployments use the local traffic policies for standard admin tasks, iRules for
application compatibility, and the tcl codes in APM to assign variable boxes.
are a Security Engineer with Exiteam, a security consulting practice. Can you
explain how DevCentral helps with your daily challenges? Where does BIG-IP fit
in the services you offer or within your own infrastructure?
iRules is a great tool to solve problems BIG-IP is not addressing, but iRules
is nothing without the developer’s community. DevCentral experts share
experience not only about tcl coding but protocol knowledge, iRule events
orders, and working iRules. And on the other side, some IT admins ask about new
needs that I may answer for the next customer.
Each time I
have a new challenge, I first search on DevCentral to see if someone already
solved it. If not, I’ll create my own iRule.
understand you are in France and wondered, what are some of the unique
information security challenges for European organizations?
Information security challenges are not unique for European organizations as
security risks are the same for all countries.
Describe one of your biggest challenges and how DevCentral helped in that
Microsoft Forefront TMG End of sale, most of my customers migrated to F5
One of my
customers, a SAAS provider, with almost exclusively Microsoft products (TMG,
Exchange, Sharepoint, etc.) and with more than 20K concurrent users was
evaluating how to migrate to BIG-IP LTM, ASM, APM and AFM.
(and then deployment) we worked to get the same behavior with APM as TMG with
SharePoint about office editing documents. I found some question on DevCentral
with parts of an answer, but not the full answer. I wrote an iRule optimized
for such a deployment (20K users) answering all the customer needs and shared
it. Some DevCentral experts, who had the same needs, commented on it to make it
simpler, generic and optimized.
Lastly, if you weren’t an IT admin – what would be your dream job? Or better,
when you were a kid – what did you want to be when you grew up?
SP I don’t
remember what I wanted to be when I was child and IT is not a dream job if you
don’t evolve. What I expect in my job is to not do the same job as the day
before, and I think I found it. Every day, I meet new customers, I have new
challenges and I learn something increasing my knowledge.
Thanks Stanislas and congratulations! You can find Stanislas
on LinkedIn and also check out his DevCentral contributions.