Revisiting 802.1X-Based LAN Access Controls
Published: 22 September 2011
Organizations are expanding their use of 802.1X beyond their wireless network infrastructure to put in place device and user identity-based controls and to have a better answer to the question, "Who is using the (wired) network?"
Table Of Contents
Summary of Findings
- What Is the Customer Problem?
- Technology Trends
- Creating a Common User Experience
- Evolution in the IEEE 802.1X Standard
- Going Beyond the Standards
- Dynamic Device Profiling
- Role of Context in Access Decisions
- Device Health Control Enforcement
- Market Trends
- The Market for Policy Infrastructure Products
- Maturing Market Demand
- Focusing on New Challenges
- Competitive Differentiation
- Next Steps
- Customer Perspectives
- What Are Customers Doing to Implement 802.1X Controls on Their LANs and WLANs?
- What Is the Customer Experience With Larger Scale Deployment Projects?
- Key Take-Aways From Customer Projects
- Customer Bottom Line
- Strong Industry Support for the Standard
- Effective Operational Tools
- Vendor and Channel Support for Deployment Projects
- Network Availability Impacts
- Network Infrastructure Dependencies
- Managing the Inventory of Exceptions
- Consider Using a Security Zone That Segregates User Endpoints
- Establish the Infrastructure to Enforce Controls Based on Identity and Context
- Build Identity and Security Requirements Into Related IT Plans
- Consider Physical Security and Location-Based Risks
- Avoid Vendor Lock-In by Constraining Projects to Supported Industry Standards
- Leverage Dynamic Profiling Tools
- Take a Phased Approach to the 802.1X Deployment Project
- Network Infrastructure Vendor Solutions
- Alcatel-Lucent 8950 AAA Solution
- Avaya's Identity Engines' Ignition Server
- Aruba Networks' Amigopod and ArubaOS Policy Enforcement Firewall
- Cisco's Secure ACS and Identity Services Engine (ISE)
- Enterasys Networks' Authentication and Authorization Solution
- HP's User Access Management (UAM) and Identity Driven Manager (IDM)
- Juniper Network's Unified Access Control (UAC) Appliance and Steel-Belted RADIUS (SBR)
- Additional Vendor Offerings
- Avenda Systems' eTIPS Policy System
- FreeRADIUS Project
- Great Bay Software's Beacon Endpoint Profiler
- IBM's AIX RADIUS Server
- Interlink Networks' RAD-Series AAA RADIUS Server
- Microsoft's Network Policy Server (NPS) and Internet Authentication Service (IAS)
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