Gartner Research

Q&A on Cisco's TrustSec

Published: 18 January 2008

ID: G00154671

Analyst(s): Lawrence Orans, John Pescatore


TrustSec enables enterprises to build identity-aware networks, albeit via an all-Cisco approach. Alternative identity-aware solutions are available for enterprises that seek more choices for their LAN infrastructures.

Table Of Contents
  • Because TrustSec incorporates technology based on an IEEE standard, does this mean that TrustSec is an open architecture?
  • Will I need to purchase new Cisco switches to implement TrustSec?
  • What are the benefits of using 802.1AE-capable switches at the access layer?
  • Because TrustSec role tags are based on a LAN standard (802.1AE), will TrustSec work over a WAN?
  • What about my non-Cisco switches — do they become obsolete in a TrustSec environment?
  • How does TrustSec relate to Cisco’s Network Admission Control (CNAC) initiative?
  • I am interested in adding identity awareness to some or all of my network. But, I am not ready to upgrade my switches — I need to preserve my current network infrastructure. What alternatives to TrustSec are available to me?
  • What does Gartner recommend for enterprises considering TrustSec?

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