With the ever-increasing reliance on enterprise networks to perform daily job routines and the increasing number of methods and opportunities to access today's networks, security breaches and uncontrolled user access are of primary concern among enterprises. Network security officers and administrators need solutions that support flexible authentication and authorization policies that are tied to a user's identity as well as to context such as the network access type, time of day, and the security of the machine used to access the network. Further, there is a need to effectively audit network use, monitor corporate compliance, and get broad visibility into policies and activities across the network.
Cisco Secure ACS provides the policy control for the Cisco self defending network architecture, an architecture that protects your business by identifying, preventing, and adapting to threats from inside and outside the company. Cisco Secure ACS is a highly scalable, high-performance access policy system that centralizes device administration, authentication, and user access policy and reduces the management and support burden for these functions.
The Cisco Secure ACS rules-based policy model supports the application of different authorization rules under different conditions, and thus policy is contextual and not limited to authorization determined by a single group membership. Integration capabilities allow information in external databases to be directly referenced in access policy rules, and attributes can be used both in policy conditions and authorization rules.
Cisco Secure ACS features centralized collection and reporting for activity and system health information for full manageability of distributed deployments. It supports proactive operations such as monitoring and diagnostics, and reactive operations such as reporting and troubleshooting. Advanced features include a deployment wide session monitor, threshold-based notifications, entitlement reports, and diagnostic tools.
Cisco Secure ACS supports two distinct protocols for Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA). Cisco Secure ACS supports RADIUS for network access control and TACACS+ for network device access control. Cisco Secure ACS is a single system for enforcing access policy across the network.
Cisco Secure ACS supports a wide range of authentication protocols including PAP, MS-CHAP, Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP)-MD5, Protected EAP (PEAP), EAP-Flexible Authentication via Secure Tunneling (FAST), and EAP-Transport Layer Security (TLS) to support your authentication requirements.
Cisco Secure ACS supports a rules-based, attribute-driven policy model that provides greatly increased power and flexibility for access control policies that may include authentication protocol requirements, device restrictions, time of day restrictions, posture validation, and other access requirements. Cisco Secure ACS may apply downloadable access control lists (dACLs), VLAN assignments, and other authorization parameters.
Cisco Secure ACS supports a completely redesigned lightweight, web-based GUI that is easy to use. An efficient, incremental replication scheme quickly propagates changes from primary to secondary systems providing centralized control over distributed deployments. Software upgrades are also managed through the GUI and can be distributed by the primary system to secondary instances.
Monitoring and troubleshootingProduct Highlights
Cisco Secure ACS includes an integrated monitoring, reporting, and troubleshooting component that is accessible through the web-based GUI. This tool provides maximum visibility into configured policies and authentication and authorization activities across the network. Logs are viewable and exportable for use in other systems as well.
In The Box
- A powerful, attribute-driven rules-based policy model that addresses complex policy needs in a flexible manner
- A lightweight, web-based Graphical User Interface (GUI) with intuitive navigation and workflow
- Integrated advanced monitoring, reporting, and troubleshooting capabilities for maximum control and visibility
- Improved integration with external identity and policy databases
- A distributed deployment model that enables large-scale deployments and provides a highly available solution
- Cisco Secure Access Control Server 1121 Appliance
- Rack mounting kit