Securing Network Access

Once you have secured your switch, you are now ready to configure it to enforce your organization's security policy. Cisco Catalyst switches provide the security features aimed at securing network access found in Table 8-4.

Table 8-4. Cisco Catalyst Switch Security Features Aimed at Securing Network Access



Port security

Binds a specific MAC address or group of addresses to a particular switch port. Configured on a per-port basis and disables the port if an unauthorized MAC address is seen.

VLAN membership policy server

Uses a central database to bind a MAC address to a specific VLAN. This awkward technology has many restrictions and does not enjoy widespread success.


Based on the Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP), 802.1x provides user-level authentication of devices wanting to connect to the network. RADIUS is used to authenticate users against a centrally managed user database.

CCNP Self-Study CCNP Practical Studies. Switching
CCNP(R) Practical Studies: Switching (CCNP Self-Study)
ISBN: 1587200600
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2002
Pages: 135
Authors: Justin Menga

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