The table below lists
the TrustSec features to be eventually implemented on TrustSec-enabled Cisco
switches. Successive general availability releases of TrustSec will expand the
number of switches supported and the number of TrustSec features supported per
| Cisco TrustSec Feature
| 802.1AE Tagging (MACsec)
IEEE 802.1AE-based wire-rate hop-to-hop Layer 2 encryption.
MACsec-capable devices, packets are encrypted on egress from the transmitting
device, decrypted on ingress to the receiving device, and in the clear within
feature is only available between TrustSec hardware-capable devices.
| Endpoint Admission Control (EAC)
EAC is an
authentication process for an endpoint user or a device connecting to the
TrustSec domain. Usually EAC takes place at the access level switch. Successful
authentication and authorization in the EAC process results in Security Group
Tag assignment for the user or device. Currently EAC can be 802.1X, MAC
Authentication Bypass (MAB), and Web Authentication Proxy (WebAuth).
| Network Device Admission Control (NDAC)
NDAC is an
authentication process where each network device in the TrustSec domain can
verify the credentials and trustworthiness of its peer device. NDAC utilizes an
authentication framework based on IEEE 802.1X port-based authentication and
uses EAP-FAST as its EAP method. Successful authentication and authorization in
NDAC process results in Security Association Protocol negotiation for IEEE
| Security Group Access Control List (SGACL)
Group Access Control List (SGACL) associates a Security Group Tag with a
policy. The policy is enforced upon SGT-tagged traffic egressing the TrustSec
| Security Association Protocol (SAP)
authentication, the Security Association Protocol (SAP) automatically
negotiates keys and the cipher suite for subsequent MACSec link encryption
between TrustSec peers. SAP is defined in IEEE 802.11i.
| Security Group Tag (SGT)
An SGT is a
16-bit single label indicating the security classification of a source in the
TrustSec domain. It is appended to an Ethernet frame or an IP packet.
Group Tag Exchange Protocol (SXP). With SXP, devices that are not
TrustSec-hardware-capable can receive SGT attributes for authenticated users
and devices from the Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) or the Cisco Secure
Access Control System (ACS). The devices can then forward a sourceIP-to-SGT
binding to a TrustSec-hardware-capable device will tag the source traffic for
Inline tagging is supported only with service modules on Cisco Catalyst 3750-x Series Switches.
When both ends of a
link support 802.1AE MACsec, SAP negotiation occurs. An EAPOL-key exchange
occurs between the supplicant and the authenticator to negotiate a cipher
suite, exchange security parameters, and manage keys. Successful completion of
these tasks results in the establishment of a security association (SA).
Depending on your software version and licensing and link hardware support, SAP negotiation can use one of these modes of
Galois Counter Mode (GCM)—authentication and encryption
GCM authentication (GMAC)— GCM authentication, no encryption
No Encapsulation—no encapsulation (clear text)
Null—encapsulation, no authentication or encryption