Another update from the front lines of network security. I hope everyone has been well and keeping busy in this ever evolving market. While this blog does focus on CS-MARS... over the next few weeks you'll begin to see me post updates about "everything security at Cisco." My most recent project has me working on a terrific product from Cisco known as Clean Access (aka Cisco NAC Appliance). For those of you in the dark, NAC is a framework and methodology for network security in which security is no longer exclusively adapted in network infrastructure devices, but also end-user work stations.
Let me go into a little detail about Cisco Clean Access (CCA) and how it will be used in our environment. CCA is comprised of a Clean Access Manager (CAM) and Clean Access Server (CAS). The CAM dictates all the policies required to gain access to the network, while the CAS handles authentication of workstations and quarantining as necessary. Both are required components of a Clean Access implementation.
During our initial pilot we will be validating workstations from a remote office, along with select users in our headquarters facility. This brings up some issues that can all be solved based upon the CCA implementation that is selected. Now this update is just a brief overview of my most recent project... but expect updates soon about the infrastructure concepts involved in CCA and some of the configuration involved with the project. The resources on Clean Access are limited on the Internet, so I do want to dedicate a portion of this blog to this exciting product. Continue to expect updates about CS-MARS... along with other Cisco security updates.