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Securing the Switch

by Ross Bagurdes

This course will describe some of the most severe switch security risks and discuss the mechanisms to help mitigate attacks through the well-known vectors.

What you'll learn

Switches are fantastic devices, allowing you to create VLANs, trunks, as well as offer fast and somewhat private communication. In this course, Securing the Switch, you will explore the basic nature of switch operation, as well as the advent of trunk links, VLAN tags, and some backwards compatibility features. First, you will start off by learning about frame double-tagging. Next, you will move onto the native VLAN security issues and DTP. Finally, you will wrap up the course with a demonstration of creating a secure base configuration for a switch. By the end of this course, you will know how to put a secure base configuration on a switch, mitigating many layer 2 attacks against Ethernet.

About the author

Ross has had a diverse career. He has a Structural Engineering degree from Milwaukee School of Engineering, but gave up the career shortly after graduating from college. Beginning in 1997, Ross began officially working in IT, implementing and supporting a paperless work order system for a Natural Gas Utility in Illinois. Since then, Ross has spent his years teaching and managing data networks. Ross spent 7 years at University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, supporting and managing the large ... more

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