The Secure Copy feature provides a secure and authenticated method for copying switch configurations or switch image files.
The Secure Copy Protocol (SCP) relies on Secure Shell (SSH), an application and a protocol that provides a secure replacement
for the Berkeley r-tools.
The behavior of SCP is similar to that of Remote Copy Protocol (RCP), which comes from the Berkeley r-tools suite (Berkeley
university’s own set of networking applications), except that SCP relies on SSH for security. In addition, SCP requires authentication,
authorization, and accounting (AAA) to be configured to ensure that the device can determine whether a user has the correct
SCP allows only users with a privilege level of 15 to copy a file in the Cisco IOS File System (Cisco IFS) to and from a
device by using the copy command. An authorized administrator can also perform this action from a workstation.