The IEEE 802.1X standard defines a method to grant access to network ports only to authenticated client devices. Pat Parseghian shares the story of what a small, determined team did to make wired 802.1X a reality on Google’s enterprise network.
Pat describes the design and implementation of wired 802.1x on Google’s large enterprise intranet (hundreds of thousands of ports, spanning more than 350 offices in over 50 countries). The network design accommodates a diversity of devices and operating systems. Pat then covers the challenges the team resolved in rolling out 802.1X on a live, established network, including network and device configuration, authentication methods, solutions for noncompliant devices (legacy and experimental), inventory management, user education, and good, old-fashioned bugs.
Pat Parseghian joined Google in 2007, where she was reunited with former colleagues from Bell Labs, Princeton University, Transmeta, and Sun Microsystems. Pat currently works with the team responsible for the OnHub router, focusing on provenance. She enjoys riding a bicycle up and especially down hills.
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