Posts Tagged ‘authentication’

Secure Out-of-Band Console Access via Dual Ethernet For Financial Applications

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Challenge:

One of the largest North American credit card companies has data centers across the world that house a large installed base of 10G firewalls, IDS sensors, load balancers and routers that support its day-to-day security operations activities. The credit card company has a requirement to be able to securely manage these devices out of band when the primary network path is unavailable.

The NOC team wanted to implement the latest security protocols, logging capability and connectivity options for both in-band and out-of-band management appliances. The company also wanted the console server to have dual Ethernet ports , simultaneous log-in, radius security authentication, event logging and alarming, and enterprise management software to manage all of their out-of-band management equipment through a single portal.

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A Console Server Provides Out-of-Band Access to Remote Network Elements

Friday, August 9th, 2013

When you need to communicate with an unresponsive network element at a remote equipment site, there are basically two choices: you can either travel to the remote site in person, or you can use a console sever to establish an out-of-band connection to the problematic network device. When direct communication with a malfunctioning device is not possible, a console server provides a secondary, out-of-band means to access console port command functions on a remote device.

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Mozilla Persona – Privacy Preserving Authentication Service

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

This sounds like a good idea, but we won’t really know for sure until more sites support Persona and we can see how well it actually works …

Several companies, Google, Facebook and Twitter to name three, offer their own authentication services to third party websites. What this means is that you can register an account on third party websites using your Google , Facebook or Twitter account. The benefit here is that you usually only have to authorize the new service or site using an existing account so that you do not have to fill out a sign up form and select a password to do the same.

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Why Should a Console Manager Support More than One Authentication Protocol?

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

When you consider the powerful network management capabilities provided by a console manager, it quickly becomes clear that security and authentication are both vital elements for any truly effective console manager application. In order to protect remote access to console port command functions, an effective console manager must provide adequate security and authentication measures to ensure that only valid users are able to access the console manager, and also support a variety of different remote authentication protocols in order to ensure compatibility with the needs of different types of authorized users.

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Security and Authentication for Remote Power Switch Applications

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

A remote power switch can provide a network administrators with a valuable tool for switching, metering and rebooting power to remote network equipment; often allowing administrators to deal with problems at remote equipment sites without the need to travel to the site in person. But in order for a remote power switch to be truly useful, it must also support adequate security and authentication measures in order to protect power control and reboot functions from unauthorized use.

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Effective Security for Dial-Up Out of Band Management Applications

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Security and authentication are two vital elements for any out of band management strategy. The reason for this is simple: given the powerful remote access capabilities provided by an out of band management solution, it’s extremely important that access to console port command functions on remote network elements is adequately protected from unauthorized users. While it’s relatively easy to implement effective security and authentication measures when out of band management is accessed via a secondary maintenance network connection, the task of authenticating each user can prove to be much more of a challenge when the out of band management solution is accessed via dial-up connection.

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Secure Communication with a Console Server that Supports SSHv2 Encryption

Friday, December 16th, 2011

A console server can provide network administrators with many convenient tools that simplify the task of managing network elements located at off-site data centers and remote equipment racks. When a device at a distant network equipment site suddenly crashes and takes your network down with it, a console server allows out of band access to console port command functions on the malfunctioning device, and often eliminates the need for an expensive service call to the remote network site that would otherwise be required in order to address the problem in person.

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Console Management Provides Secure, Out of Band Communication with Remote Network Devices

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Network applications that include off-site data centers and remote equipment racks often present a unique challenge for network administrators; when vital network elements at a remote location malfunction or crash, the task of accessing command functions on a remote network device is much more complicated than it would be if the network device was located at the central office. In cases like this, console management provides a secure, reliable means to communicate with remote devices without actually traveling to the remote equipment site in person.

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Secure Communication with a Console Server that Supports SSHv2 Encryption

Monday, November 7th, 2011

A console server can provide network administrators with many convenient tools that simplify the task of managing network elements located at off-site data centers and remote equipment racks. When a device at a distant network equipment site suddenly crashes and takes your network down with it, a console server allows out of band access to console port command functions on the malfunctioning device, and often eliminates the need for an expensive service call to the remote network site that would otherwise be required in order to address the problem in person.

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Security and Authentication Considerations for Network Power Switch Products

Friday, November 4th, 2011

A network power switch can provide network administrators and tech support personnel with an incredibly convenient tool for controlling power and reboot functions at off-site data centers and remote network equipment cabinets. In many cases, the remote reboot and power control functions provided by a network power switch can allow you to deal with power related problems with remote network elements without the expense and lost time of traveling to the network equipment site in person.

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