ACS Training

The Implementing Cisco Secure Access Control System (ACS) v5.2 course is an instructor-led course that teaches students how to provide secure access to network resources by using the Cisco Secure ACS version 5.2, which interoperates with security features in Cisco IOS Software. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the operation of the Cisco Secure ACS to control access to network services and devices. Course subjects include the principles of authentication (identifying users and devices in order to control access to networks, services and devices), authorization (restricting the functions that users can perform on services and devices) and accounting (to track the activities of users). The Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS), Terminal Access Controller Access-Control System Plus (TACACS+), Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP), and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.1X protocols are discussed in theory and practice as the basis of network security. Specific methods and configurations are shown that can be used in your production networks to achieve targeted and detailed control objectives. The course includes hands-on labs to provide direct experience in configuring Cisco Secure ACS and Cisco network devices.

3 Days

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What's Included

  • Comprehensive study materials, including official Cisco courseware
  • Remote lab access


  • A valid CCNA certification or higher Cisco certification is recommended.
  • Working knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system is recommended.
  • Implementing Cisco IOS Network Security (IINS)

Course Outline

Module 1: Identity Management Solution Overview

  • Lesson 1: Reviewing Identity Management
  • Lesson 2: Understanding Borderless Security

Module 2: Product Overview and Initial Configuration

  • Lesson 1: Reviewing RADIUS and TACACS+
  • Lesson 2: Reviewing Cisco Secure ACS v5.2
  • Lesson 3: Installing Cisco Secure ACS v5.2
  • Lesson 4: Understanding Cisco Secure ACS Attributes and Dictionaries
  • Lesson 5: Adding Network Devices to Cisco Secure ACS
  • Lesson 6: Configuring Identity Stores and Identity Sequence

Module 3: Advanced Cisco Secure ACS Configuration and Device Management

  • Lesson 1: Configuring LDAP with External Identity Store
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Active Directory with External Identity Store
  • Lesson 3: Configuring Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting with TACACS+
  • Lesson 4: Understanding Cisco Secure ACS and Certification Authority
  • Lesson 5: Monitoring, Reporting, and Troubleshooting

Module 4: IEEE 802.1X with Cisco Secure ACS v5.2

  • Lesson 1: Introducing IEEE 802.1X
  • Lesson 2: Reviewing IEEE 802.1X Policy Elements (RADIUS)
  • Lesson 3: Configuring IEEE 802.1X and Windows XP, Vista, and 7
  • Lesson 4: Configuring IEEE 802.1X with Cisco SSC
  • Lesson 5: Using IEEE 802.1X Port-Based Authentication
  • Lesson 6: Troubleshooting IEEE 802.1X

Module 5: System Operations

  • Lesson 1: Configuring Distributed Deployment
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Cisco Secure ACS System Administration Features