Network Security Introduction to 802.1X Operations for Cisco Security Professionals - 802.1X v1.0

Introduction to 802.1X Operations for Cisco Security Professionals - 802.1X v1.0


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Introduction to 802.1X Operations for Cisco Security Professionals (802.1X) v1.0 is a newly created three-day course designed to prepare Cisco Channel Partners, systems engineers, and implementers with the knowledge and hands-on experience to prepare them to configure Cisco TrustSec solutions based on Cisco Identity Services module, Cisco Catalyst switches, and Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers.

The goal of the course is to provide students with foundational knowledge in the capabilities and functions of the IEEE 802.1X protocol and the ability to configure the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) for 802.1X operation.

The course will introduce the architecture, components, and features of a Cisco TrustSec network designed around the IEEE 802.1X and RADIUS protocols.

The student will gain hands-on experience with configuring a network for 802.1X-based network servicesusing the Cisco ISE, Cisco Catalyst switches, and Cisco wireless products.

To participate in the hands-on labs in this class, you need to bring a laptop computer with the following:

  • Windows 7 or 8.1 or 10 is recommended. Mac OSX 10.6 or greater is supported as well.
  • Intel Celeron or better processors are preferred.
  • 1 GB or more of RAM
  • Browser Requirements: Internet Explorer 10 or greater or Mozilla Firefox. (Safari and Mozilla Firefox for Mac OSX)

Note: Our labs currently cannot run on Microsoft Edge (Windows 10) due to it not supporting Extensions/Add-ons or Google Chrome due to Java being removed from the platform itself.
  • All students are required to have administrator rights to their PCs and cannot be logged in to a domain using any Group Policies that will limit their machine's capabilities.
  • If you do not have administrator rights to your PC, you at least need permissions to download, install, and run Cisco Any Connect Client and Java.
  • If you are participating in a WebEx event, it is highly recommended to take this class at a location that has bandwidth speeds at a minimum of 1 Mbps bandwidth speeds.
  • All PCs require the latest Java Runtime Environment, which can be downloaded from
  • If you have any questions or issues with meeting the requirements listed above, please contact us at [email protected] and provide the class name to which you are attending and we will be more than happy to help.


The primary audience for this course is as follows:
  • Cisco Channel Partner systems engineers and field engineers that are seeking to meet the education requirements to attain Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) authorization to sell Cisco ISE.

The secondary audience for this course is as follows:
  • Security architects, design engineers, and others seeking hands-on experience with Cisco TrustSec 802.1X deployments with Cisco ISE.

Course Objectives

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

  • Describe identity-based networking concepts and components
  • Define the components and processes of port-based authentication
  • Identify the 802.1X components and their interrelation at a high level
  • Identify requirements and options for non-supplicant devices
  • Position individual components of an 802.1X network and identify compatibilities

Topics Covered

Module 0: Course Introduction

Module 1: Cisco TrustSec
  • Lesson 1: Surveying Cisco TrustSec
  • Lesson 2: Surveying Cisco TrustSec Architecture Components

Module 2: Port-Based Authentication
  • Lesson 1: Surveying the IEEE 802.1X Standard
  • Lesson 2: Surveying 802.1X and EAP
  • Lesson 3: Describing the Role of RADIUS in EAP Communications

Module 3: Configure Devices for 802.1X Operation
  • Lesson 1: Identifying 802.1X Components and Topologies
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Cisco ISE for 802.1X
  • Lesson 3: Configuring Network Devices for 802.1X
  • Lesson 4: Configuring Supplicants for 802.1X Operation

Module 4: Configure Guest Access
  • Lesson 1: Configuring Cisco TrustSec for Non-Supplicant Devices
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Cisco WebAuth for Non-Supplicant Devices

Module 5: Design Cisco TrustSec Networks with Cisco ISE and 802.1X
  • Lesson 1: Identifying Component Compatibilities with 802.1X
  • Lesson 2: Reviewing 802.1X Design Considerations That Impact Implementation
  • Lesson 3: Reviewing Scalable 802.1X Architectures

Lab Outline

  • Lab 1-0: Accessing the Lab Equipment
  • Lab 1-1: Configuring Cisco ISE, Switch, WLC, and Clients
  • Lab 2-1: Configuring Authentication Using Web Authentication
  • Case Study: Designing an End-to-End High-Level Cisco TrustSec Network with Cisco ISE and 802.1X



This section lists the skills and knowledge that learners must possess to benefit fully from the course. This section includes recommended Cisco learning offerings that the learners may complete to benefit fully from this course, including the following:

  • Cisco CCNA
  • Attendance of Securing Networks with Routers and Switches (SNRS) or equivalent knowledge
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Active Directory
  • Knowledge of Cisco wireless LAN controllers and lightweight access points
  • Knowledge of basic command-line configuration of Cisco Catalyst switches

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