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The network infrastructure is one of the foundation elements of enterprise IT infrastructures and is a critical business asset of telecommunications service providers. A compromise of the network infrastructure or its individual components can have far-reaching consequences that can significantly increase risk to enterprise and service provider business processes. Cisco IOS Network Foundation Protection (NFP) provides a strategy for network infrastructure protection by using Cisco IOS Software security features. This course describes the threats against the network infrastructure, describes basic classes of security controls that can reduce the risk of these threats, and provides an overview of Cisco NFP and some of its features.

Learning Objectives
  • Describe network infrastructure threats and the controls that can help mitigate them
  • Identify the features of network functionality planes in a Cisco IOS Software device
  • Differentiate between the network foundation protection deployment models for enterprises, small and medium-size businesses, and service providers
  • Distinguish between the features available in Cisco device management tools
  • Describe the features of the Cisco IOS Software Release 802.1X authenticator
  • Identify the 802.1X features of Cisco Secure ACS
  • Identify the 802.1X features of the Cisco Secure Services Client
  • Differentiate between the variations of EAP
  • Audience

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