Cisco Identity Services Engine User Guide, Release 1.2
Setting Up Endpoint Protection Service
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Table of Contents

Setting Up Endpoint Protection Service

Configuring Endpoint Protection Service

Creating Authorization Profiles for Network Access through EPS

Creating Exception Policies for Network Access through EPS

Configuring Network Access Settings

EPS Operations Fail when IP Address or MAC Address is not Found

Externally Authenticated Administrator Cannot Perform EPS Operations

Endpoint Protection Service

EPS Quarantine and Unquarantine Flow

EPS NAS Port Shutdown Flow

Setting Up Endpoint Protection Service

Endpoint Protection Service (EPS) is a service that runs on the Administration node that can be used for monitoring and controlling network access of endpoints. EPS supports wired and wireless deployments and requires an Advanced License.

This chapter describes how to set up and configure EPS:

Configuring Endpoint Protection Service

Endpoint Protection Service (EPS) is disabled by default. You must enable EPS manually, and it remains enabled until you manually disable the service in the Admin portal.

You must have Super Admin and Policy Admin role privileges to enable EPS in Cisco ISE.


Step 1 Choose Administration > System > Settings > Endpoint Protection Service .

Step 2 Click the Service Status drop-down list, and choose Enabled .

Step 3 Click Save .


 

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Creating Authorization Profiles for Network Access through EPS

You must create an authorization profile for use with EPS and the authorization profile appears in the list of Standard Authorization Profiles. An endpoint can be authenticated and authorized in the network, but restricted to access network.


Step 1 Choose Policy > Policy Elements > Results > Authorization > Authorization Profiles .

Step 2 Click Add .

Step 3 Enter a unique name and description for the authorization profile, and leave the Access Type as ACCESS_ACCEPT .

Step 4 Check the DACL Name check box, and choose DENY_ALL_TRAFFIC from the drop-down list.

Step 5 Click Submit .


 

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Creating Exception Policies for Network Access through EPS

For EPS authorization, you must create a quarantine exception policy that is processed before all standard authorization policies. Exception authorization polices are intended for authorizing limited access to meet special conditions or permissions or an immediate requirement. Standard authorization policies are intended to be stable and apply to a large groups of users, devices, and groups that share a common set of privileges.

Before You Begin

You should have successfully created standard authorization profiles for use with EPS.


Step 1 Choose Policy > Authorization , and expand Exceptions .

Step 2 Choose Enabled or Disabled or Monitor Only option .

Step 3 Click Create a New Rule .

Step 4 Enter the exception rule name.

Step 5 Click the plus [+] sign to choose an identity group.

Step 6 Click the plus [+] sign to choose Create New Condition (Advanced Option) .

Step 7 Click the down arrow icon in the first field to display the dictionaries list and choose Session > EPSStatus .

Step 8 Choose Equals from the drop-down list in the second field.

Step 9 Choose Quarantine from the drop-down list in the third field.

Step 10 Click Save .


 

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Configuring Network Access Settings

Configuring Network Access Settings

Endpoint Protection Service (EPS) allows you to reset the network access status of an endpoint to quarantine, unquarantine, or shutdown a port, which defines authorization to the network depending on the network access status.

You can quarantine or unquarantine endpoints, or shut down the network access server (NAS) ports to which endpoints are connected, by using their endpoint IP addresses or MAC addresses. You can perform quarantine and unquarantine operations on the same endpoint multiple times, provided they are not performed simultaneously. If you discover a hostile endpoint on your network, you can shut down the endpoint’s access, using EPS to close the NAS port.

Before you Begin

  • You must enable EPS.
  • You must create authorization profiles and Exception type authorization policies for EPS.

Step 1 Choose Operations > Endpoint Protection Service .

Step 2 Enter the IP Address or MAC Address of an endpoint.

Step 3 Click the Operations drop-down list to choose one of the following actions:

    • Quarantine —Isolates the endpoint, restricting access on the network
    • Unquarantin e—Reverses the quarantine process, allowing full access to the network
    • Shutdown —Closes the NAS port to which the endpoint is connected

Step 4 Click Submit .


 

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EPS Operations Fail when IP Address or MAC Address is not Found

An EPS operation that you perform on an endpoint fails when an active session for that endpoint does not contain information about the IP address. This also applies to the MAC address and session ID for that endpoint.

  • When you want to change the authorization state of an endpoint through EPS, you must provide the IP address or the MAC address for the endpoint. If the IP address or the MAC address is not found in the active session for the endpoint, then you will see the following error message: No active session found for this MAC address, IP Address or Session ID.

Externally Authenticated Administrator Cannot Perform EPS Operations

If an externally authenticated administrator tries to issue CoA-Quarantine from a live session, Cisco ISE returns the following error message:

CoA Action of Quarantine for xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx can not be initiated. (Cause:User not found internally. Possible use of unsupported externally authenticated user

If an externally authenticated administrator performs an EPS operation from Operations > Endpoint Protection Service in the Cisco ISE Admin portal using the IP address or MAC address of the endpoint, Cisco ISE returns the following error message:

Server failure: User not found internally. Possible use of unsupported externally authenticated user

Endpoint Protection Service

You can use Endpoint Protection Service (EPS) to change the authorization state without having to modify the overall authorization policy of the system. EPS allows you to set the authorization state when you quarantine an endpoint as a result of established authorization policies where authorization policies are defined to check for EPSStatus to limit or deny network access. You can unquarantine an endpoint for full network access. You can also shut down the port on the network attached system (NAS) that disconnects the endpoint from the network.

There are no limits to the number of users that can be quarantined at one time, and there are no time constraints on the length of the quarantine period.

You can perform the following operations to monitor and control network access through EPS:

  • Quarantine—Allows you to use Exception policies (authorization policies) to limit or deny an endpoint access to the network. You must create Exception policies to assign different authorization profiles (permissions) depending on the EPS status. Setting to the Quarantine state essentially moves an endpoint from its default VLAN to a specified Quarantine VLAN. You must define the Quarantine VLAN previously that is supported on the same NAS as the endpoint.
  • Unquarantine—Allows you to reverse the quarantine status that permits full access to the network for an endpoint returning the endpoint to its original VLAN.
  • Shutdown—Allows you to deactivate a port on the NAS and disconnect the endpoint from the network. Once the port is shutdown on the NAS to which an endpoint is connected, you must manually reset the port on the NAS again to allow an endpoint to connect to the network, which is not available for wireless deployments.

Quarantine and unquarantine operations can be triggered from the session directory reports for active endpoints.


Note If a quarantined session is unquarantined, the initiation method for a newly unquarantined session depends on the authentication method that is specified by the switch configuration.


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EPS Quarantine and Unquarantine Flow

You can quarantine selected endpoints with EPS, to limit their access to the network. You can quarantine endpoints and establish exception authorization policies that assign different authorization profiles, depending on the status. An authorization profile acts as a container for permissions that you define in the authorization policies that allow access to specified network services. When the authorization is complete, the permissions are granted for a network access request. If the endpoint is then validated, you can unquarantine the endpoint to allow it full access to the network.

Figure 14-1 illustrates the quarantine flow, which assumes that authorization rules have been configured and the EPS session has been established.

Figure 14-1 EPS Quarantine Flow

 

1. A client device logs onto the network through a wireless device (WLC), and a quarantine REST API call is issued from the Administration node (PAP) to the Monitoring node (MnT).

2. The Monitoring node then calls PrRT through the Policy Services ISE node (PDP) to invoke a CoA.

3. The client device is disconnected.

4. The client device then reauthenticates and reconnects.

5. A RADIUS request for the client device is sent back to the Monitoring node.

6. The client device is quarantined while the check is made.

7. The Q-Profile authorization policy is applied, and the client device is validated.

8. The client device is unquarantined, and allowed full access to the network.

EPS NAS Port Shutdown Flow

You can shut down the NAS port to which an endpoint is connected by using the endpoint IP address or MAC address.

Shutdown allows you to close a NAS port based on a specified IP address for a MAC address, and you have to manually reinstate the port to bring the endpoint back into the network, which is effective only for endpoints that are connected through wired media.

Shutdown may not be supported on all devices. Most switches should support the shut down command, however. You can use the getResult() command to verify that the shutdown executed successfully.

Figure 14-2 illustrates the EPS shutdown flow.

For the client device in the illustration, the shutdown operation is performed on the NAS that the client device uses to access the network.

Figure 14-2 EPS Shutdown Flow