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What's Cisco Port Security

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What's Cisco Port Security

Postby guest » Tue Jun 05, 2012 4:07 pm

In its most basic form, the Port Security feature remembers the Ethernet MAC address connected to the switch port and allows only that MAC address to communicate on that port. If any other MAC address tries to communicate through the port, port security will disable the port. Most of the time, network administrators configure the switch to send a SNMP trap to their network monitoring solution that the port's disabled for security reasons.

Of course, implementing any security solution always involves a trade-off—most often, you trade increased security for less convenience. When using port security, you can prevent devices from accessing the network, which increases security.

However, as you know, there's usually a downside. In this case, it's that the network administrator is the only one who can "unlock" the port, which can cause problems when there are legitimate reasons to change out devices.
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