IT Service Provider Brings 802.1X Security to Wired Network

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Executive Summary

This case study talks about Siemens IT Solutions and Services that utilizes Cisco 802.1X security solution for controlling network access for mobile workforces. This organization deals in IT solutions and services and supports a range of customers in various industries. With the growth in number of mobile employees, the company used IEEE 802.1X and PKI authentication services in Cisco Catalyst switches that was used to create a general access control system for wired, wireless, and remote network connections. This solution discussed in the case study resulted in strengthening the organizations' control over all devices that were connected to the network. It eliminates the risk of unknown devices that provided the company with easy access to the network, while supporting an increasingly mobile workforce. This low-cost solution reduces the IT capital and operational costs of the company. With the necessity to control networks access control, the Cisco 802.1X is the correct technology that was used for implementing identity and authentication features across the network selection. This solution mentioned in the case study improves reliability and manageability of the network. It brings transparency to the network and results in capital and operational savings. The Cisco 802.1X system provides secure multi-auth capabilities and has the ability to authenticate multiple devices on a port at the same time. It provides tight access control to the network.

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