Traditionally, enterprises have enabled network authentication via usernames and passwords. As we now know today, this method of network authentication can be easily compromised by bad actors, making it no longer sufficiently secure for enforcing network access control. As a means of elevating and strengthening network authentication, Portnox has introduced several new and powerful certificate authority services within Portnox CLEAR, our cloud-delivered network access control solution.
Types of Network Authentication with Portnox CLEAR
When an endpoint enrolls using AgentP, Portnox CLEAR will automatically generate a supplicant certificate for the endpoint. This is true for all supported operating systems (Windows, OSX, Linux, etc.), and for all AgentP enrollment methods.
For those not using AgentP, Portnox CLEAR generates an organizational root certificate upon org creation in the system and adds the root certificate to its list of trusted root certificates.
Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol (SCEP)
To make certificate issuance easier for our customers, Portnox CLEAR also supports SCEP, the open-source protocol, which issues a one-time password to the user transmitted out-of-band.
Portnox CLEAR customers utilizing our MS InTune integration can use InTune to authenticate devices to the network as an alternative to Portnox’s agent-based or agentless options.
EAP-TLS is considered by many to be the gold standard when it comes to network authentication. EAP-TLS 802.1X authentication is available with Portnox CLEAR out of the box.
Simple, Secure Certificate Authority Services
With Portnox’s ability to offer companies an easy and secure certificate authority services, each customer can leverage its own certificate authority in the cloud, allowing for simpler, more seamless and secure user onboarding. Once configured, Portnox CLEAR will issue every user an identity certificate for self-enrollment via the portal. Once the user has a certificate, he/she will then be granted password-less authentication.
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