Gartner Research

Protect Wired and Wireless Networks With 802.1X Authentication

Published: 17 July 2014

ID: G00261320

Analyst(s): Claudio Neiva , Lawrence Orans


802.1X has become a reliable and secure authentication standard for wired and wireless LANs, but its implementation requires integration of components from multiple vendors. Security leaders need to plan carefully and deploy 802.1X in phases.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Create a Project Team and an Implementation Plan
  • Carefully Test the Components of Your 802.1X Solution in a Lab or Proof-of-Concept Environment
  • Use a Phased Approach to Deploy an 802.1X Project
  • Implement a Highly Redundant 802.1X Environment
  • Select an Authentication Mode That Best Addresses Your Organization's Security Requirements
  • Create an Exception List for Network Endpoints That Do Not Support 802.1X (Such as Printers and IP Cameras) in an Automated Fashion by Using Profiling Capabilities
  • Be Prepared to Support Multiple Supplicants
  • Be Prepared to Tweak Configurations to Similar Settings to Achieve Vendor Interoperability

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