Implementation of IEEE 802.1X Port-based Authentication Mechanism for Ethernet

International Journal of Computer Trends and Technology (IJCTT)          
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Volume-64 Number-1
Year of Publication : 2018
Authors : Shaleen Kachhara, Dr.Kakelli Anil Kumar
DOI :  10.14445/22312803/IJCTT-V64P105


MLA Style: Shaleen Kachhara, Dr.Kakelli Anil Kumar "Implementation of IEEE 802.1X Port-based Authentication Mechanism for Ethernet" International Journal of Computer Trends and Technology 64.1 (2018): 17-23.

APA Style:Shaleen Kachhara, Dr.Kakelli Anil Kumar (2018). Implementation of IEEE 802.1X Port-based Authentication Mechanism for Ethernet. International Journal of Computer Trends and Technology, 64(1), 17-23.

We exploredsome mechanisms for securing corporate wired Ethernet, which are often more or less neglected. After a careful analysis of all possible solutions, we opted for IEEE 802.1X port based authentication mechanism. It uses radius server as an authentication server (on Windows Server 2012 r2) and Cisco switch as an authenticator. The main purpose of implementation of IEEE 802.1X is to restrict guest access to the LAN/wired network and authenticate only genuine users. Only the authenticated users have access to the network. The proposed mechanism monitors active users through centralized user access management using Microsoft Active Directory Servicesin Microsoft Server 2012 R2. The individual configurations of all the entities involved in the mechanism are discussed in detail to successfully deliver a pilot implementation of the protocol wherein one could debug all the errors and later deploy the same on a live network. By configuring the accounting tab on the Server Manager we will be able to keep track of all the users/employees activities on the organization`s network.

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Authentication, IEEE-802.1X, Radius server, switch, Network security.