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Introduction to 802.1X Operations for Cisco Security Professionals

The Introduction to 802.1X Operations for Cisco Security Professionals (802.1X) v3.1 shows you how to configure and prepare to deploy Cisco Identity-Based Networking Services (IBNS) solutions based...

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$1,995 USD
Course Code 802-1X-NTO
Duration 3 days
Available Formats Classroom, Virtual

The Introduction to 802.1X Operations for Cisco Security Professionals (802.1X) v3.1 shows you how to configure and prepare to deploy Cisco Identity-Based Networking Services (IBNS) solutions based on Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE), Cisco Catalyst switches, and Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers. You will learn the fundamentals of the 802.1X protocol and configuration, Cisco IBNS, configuring access for non-supplicant devices, Cisco ISE deployment options, architectural components, considerations with 802.1X, and more. You will also gain hands-on experience configuring 802.1Xbased network services using the Cisco Identity Services Engine and a Cisco Catalyst switch. This class will help you:

  • Learn about and practice configuring Cisco Identity-Based Networking Services solutions at your own pace
  • Build your skills using Cisco Identity-Based Networking Services (IBNS) to secure network connectivity and resources

Skills Gained

Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

  • Describe Cisco Identity-Based Networking Services (IBNS) for providing access control to corporate networks
  • Describe Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) authentication types and methods, and the role of Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS) in EAP communications
  • Describe how to configure Cisco Catalyst switches, Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs), and Cisco ISE for 802.1X operation
  • Describe how to configure access for non-supplicant devices in an 802.1X deployment
  • Describe how to plan and deploy Cisco IBNS Networks with Cisco ISE and 802.1X

Who Can Benefit

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Security architects
  • Design engineers
  • Network engineers
  • Cisco integrators and partners


The knowledge and skills that the learner should have before attending this course are as follows:

  • Cisco wireless LAN controllers
  • Basic command-line configuration of Cisco Catalyst switches
  • Microsoft Windows Server Active Directory
  • Following are some recommended Cisco learning offerings that can help you meet these prerequisites:
  • Cisco CCNA Security Certification training
  • Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching Certification training
  • Cisco CCNA Wireless Certification training

Course Details

Describing Cisco Identity-Based Networking Services

  • Cisco IBNS Overview
  • Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA) Role in Cisco IBNS
  • Compare Cisco IBNS and Cisco ISE Solutions
  • Explore Cisco IBNS Architecture Components
  • Explore Cisco TrustSec

Describing 802.1X EAP Authentication

  • Explore the IEEE 802.1X Standard
  • Explore 802.1X and EAP
  • Explain EAP Methods
  • Describe the Role of RADIUS in EAP Communications

Configuring Devices for 802.1X Operation

  • Identify 802.1X Components and Topologies
  • Configure Cisco Catalyst Switch for 802.1X
  • Compare IBNS 1.0 and 2.0 on Cisco Catalyst Switch
  • Configure Cisco WLC for 802.1X
  • Configure Cisco ISE for 802.1X
  • Configure Supplicants for 802.1X Operation

Configuring Access for Non-Supplicant Devices

  • Configure Cisco IBNS for Non-Supplicant Devices
  • Explore IBNS 2.0 for Non-Supplicant Devices
  • Configure Cisco Central Web Authentication for Guests

Designing Cisco IBNS Networks with Cisco ISE and 802.1X

  • Cisco ISE Architectural Components
  • Introducing the Cisco ISE Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Process
  • Identify Cisco ISE Deployment Options
  • Identify Component Compatibilities with 802.1X
  • Review 802.1X Design Considerations

Lab Outline: Labs are designed to assure learners a whole practical experience, through the following practical activities: Module 1: Introducing Cisco ISE Architecture and Deployment

  • Configure Initial Cisco ISE Setup, GUI Familiarization, System Certificate Usage

Module 2: Cisco ISE Policy Enforcement

  • Integrate Cisco ISE with Active Directory
  • Configure Basic Policy on Cisco ISE -Default Policy Set
  • Configure Policy Set for Wired Users
  • Configure Policy Set for Wireless Users

Module 3: WebAuth and Guest Services

  • Configure Hotspot Portal
  • Configure Self-Registration Portal
  • Configure Self-Registration Portal with Sponsor Approval
  • Configure Sponsor Portal
  • Create Guest Reports

Module 4: Cisco ISE BYOD

  • Configure BYOD
  • BYOD Device Management
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