Ensure that your staff and students enjoy constant access to appropriate resources, while still maintaining the privacy and security of confidential information.
Education providers offer increasingly advanced online resources. They also maintain critical student and curriculum information, which must be kept private and protected from malicious use. Maintaining privacy and confidentiality, while still providing the appropriate access to resources for individual staff and students, can seem an overwhelming task.
Network Access Control
To solve this problem, Allied Telesis products support Network Access Control (NAC), a leading light in the networking world. NAC has introduced identity-based networking, which is superior to previous methods of controlling online information access. NAC’s automated nature is of real benefit for busy IT staff, as it simplifies complex administration tasks.
NAC allows for unprecedented control over user access to the network, in order to mitigate threats to network infrastructure. Allied Telesis switches use IEEE 802.1x port-based authentication in partnership with standards-compliant dynamic VLAN assignment, to assess a user’s adherence to network security policies and either grant authentication or offer remediation. Furthermore, if multiple users share a port then multi-authentication can be used. Different users on the same port can be assigned into different VLANs, and so given different levels of network access. Additionally, a Guest VLAN can be configured to provide a catch-all for users who aren’t authenticated. NAC also checks users' adherence to network security policies before granting network access, proactively stopping threats before they can enter the network.
Many leading network vendors have implemented NAC solutions and Allied Telesis advanced switch products support a number of these, including Microsoft, Symantec and Sophos. Allied Telesis products and expertise enable deployment of a robust NAC solution with minimum effort. Allied Telesis switching products have been extensively tested for compliance with popular NAC vendors, and we have published convenient step-by-step guides to implementing a comprehensive solution.