Introduction to 802.1X Operations for Cisco Security Professionals (802.1X) v1.0 course is designed to prepare Cisco Channel Partners, systems engineers, and implementers with the knowledge and hands-on experience to prepare them to configure Cisco TrustSec solutions based on Cisco Identity Services module, Cisco Catalyst switches, and Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers.The goal of the course is to provide students with foundational knowledge in the capabilities and functions of the IEEE 802.1X protocol, and the ability to configure the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) for 802.1X operation.The course introduces the architecture, components, and features of a Cisco TrustSec network designed around the IEEE 802.1X and RADIUS protocols.


  • Describe identity-based networking concepts and components
  • Define the components and processes of port-based authentication
  • Identify the 802.1X components and their interrelation at a high level
  • Identify requirements and options for non-supplicant devices
  • Position individual components of an 802.1X network and identify compatibilities


Cisco TrustSec
  • Surveying Cisco TrustSec
  • Surveying Cisco TrustSec Architecture Components

Port-Based Authentication
  • Surveying the IEEE 802.1X Standard
  • Surveying 802.1X and EAP
  • Describing the Role of RADIUS in EAP Communications

Configure Devices for 802.1X Operation
  • Identifying 802.1X Components and Topologies
  • Configuring Cisco ISE for 802.1X
  • Configuring Network Devices for 802.1X
  • Configuring Supplicants for 802.1X Operation

Configure Guest Access
  • Configuring Cisco TrustSec for Non-Supplicant Devices
  • Configuring Cisco WebAuth for Non-Supplicant Devices

Design Cisco TrustSec Networks with Cisco ISE and 802.1X
  • Identifying Component Compatibilities with 802.1X
  • Reviewing 802.1X Design Considerations That Impact Implementation
  • Reviewing Scalable 802.1X Architectures

Prerequisite Knowledge

  • Cisco CCNA certification
  • Attendance at the Securing Networks with Cisco Routers and Switches (SECURE) course or equivalent knowledge
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Active Directory
  • Knowledge of Cisco WLC and lightweight access points
  • Knowledge of basic command-line configuration of Cisco Catalyst switches