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Network Access Control and 802.1x - Advantages, Constraints and Capabilities
Written by distinguished security industry analyst Pete Lindstrom of Spire Security
The industry has been blurring the differences between 802.1x and NAC. Some believe that 802.1x is sufficient and similar enough to a full NAC solution to start down the path of implementation. What organizations often find is that the 802.1x story seems fairly simple and easy, but the deployment is much more difficult. This paper examines the fully 802.1x and NAC details such as:
* What is 802.1x?
* What important features are missing from 802.1x?
* What alternatives exist to 802.1x and why?
* What are the hidden costs associated with rolling out NAC?
* How can commercial enterprises and government organizations benefit from NAC?
Narus, a leader in real-time traffic intelligence for protecting governments, service providers and enterprises, just completed its 2010 annual cyber security survey focusing on the United States. Sponsored jointly with Converge Network Digest and Government Secuirty News, the survey queried a cross-section of security professionals in a variety of industries, and revealed compelling details relating to cyber security concerns, opinons and expectations for protection against attacks. More...