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Securing Ethernet Switches

Although there are plenty of guidelines out there for securing Cisco routers, I"ve yet to see any guidelines for securing Cisco Catalyst Switches (as well as other network devices produced by Cisco). Does anyone out there have any suggestions for locking down a Catalyst Switch using Catalyst O/S?

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Re: Securing Ethernet Switches

You can configure AAA for the admin authentication/authorization (for managing the switch).

In secure the port of the switch, you can configure port security. Are you looking for any specific feature that you see on the router thats absent from the swicth?

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Re: Securing Ethernet Switches

Well, I understand the AAA aspects of switches, as well as the port security and IP Permit lists. What I'm looking for are guidelines, such as what is described in security guidelines published by NSA's website http://www.nsa.gov/snac/cisco/index.html or at the IATF website, http://www.iatf.net/protection_profiles/switches_routers.cfm. This would be more from a holistic, security architecture standpoint.

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Re: Securing Ethernet Switches

You might want to take a look at the cisco safe documents. There pretty detailed and give some good advice, however it may not be what you need.

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