Cloud RADIUS Server Security Benefits

Cloud RADIUS allows your organization to benefit greatly from network security with a properly configured installation.


WPA2-Enterprise networks require RADIUS servers in order to be successfully configured. RADIUS allows users to authenticate and authorize themselves when they sign into the network, eliminating any speculation about your network's users. Cloud RADIUS allows your organization to benefit greatly from network security with a properly configured installation.

Cloud based RADIUS comes with many benefits, but we have compiled a list of some of the most significant.

 

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Avoid Over-the-Air Credential Theft and MITM Attacks

In many organizations, credential theft occurs over-the-air because their networks are vulnerable. Cybercriminals can obtain legitimate credentials through many different attack methods that compromise the security of the entire operation. The devices on your organization's Wi-Fi network will blindly send their credentials to any SSID that has the same name as your network, putting you at risk for credential theft. Unlike 802.1x, Cloud RADIUS encrypts each user's session, preventing credential theft and keeping personal information secure.

We provide user-friendly onboarding tools with Cloud RADIUS as well. This #1 rated authentication software integrates Cloud RADIUS with any identity provider (IdP) to authenticate user identities, issue certificates, and configure devices securely for WPA2-Enterprise. LDAP directories can also be checked with Cloud RADIUS for Active users when performing an Identity Check. The cloud-based version of RADIUS enables identity lookups with any SAML directory, including Google, Azure, Okta, etc., which no other RADIUS server is able to do.

 

Secure VPN Authentication

VPN usage has surged to an all-time high, making it all the more essential that VPNs be accessed securely and safely. Digital certificates are a great way to authenticate VPN users. Authentication through certificates replaces passwords, which can be vulnerable to attacks. The certificates encrypt and authenticate private information, so even if a hacker gained access to one, the information would be protected and encrypted. Most VPN users may have difficulty implementing certificates correctly, which creates unnecessary security risks. This is because Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) has a variety of systems that are difficult to navigate.

The managed PKI solution offered by IronWifi combines Cloud RADIUS with Cloud RADIUS, allowing users to easily switch from passwords to certificates. Organizations can set up certificate-based VPN access within an hour using IronWifi's managed PKI. The distribution of certificates can be easily done through any major operating system and any device, ensuring the security of your network even when employees work remotely.

 

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Defining roles and setting network policies

In addition, a Cloud RADIUS Server allows organizations to grant access to users based on their status within the organization. A network policy can be applied to any attribute of the IdP.

Through the use of Network Segmentation, you can keep your network secure. It is possible to segment your network, for example, so that a student could access a very limited part of the network while an IT staff member could access the entire network. If you do this, you would prevent any malware students bring into your office from infecting your staff devices and resources. This is particularly important if you have ransomware. VPN access can be accomplished in the same way. When you integrate your RADIUS server with your VPN gateway, you can now automatically grant different levels of VPN access based on the information in your RADIUS server. RADIUS-based VPNs allow you to create policies so that not all certificates may be used to access resources via the VPN, even though they all possess a certificate.

 

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Implement runtime-level policies

RADIUS server, and our own Cloud RADIUS is a "Dynamic" RADIUS server, which means it has the ability to make at runtime-level policy decisions based on information stored in the directory. In the industry, Cloud RADIUS is the only Cloud IdP that can be directly referenced during authentication for purposes of role assignment and user segmentation within Azure, Okta, and Google.

Due to that additional authentication step, Dynamic Cloud RADIUS is also more secure than certificate-based cloud RADIUS. There's a small window in which the Certificate Revocation List isn't updated and the network can be accessed with a revoked certificate. Normally, RADIUS checks the Certificate Revocation List to ensure the certificate hasn't been revoked recently. In fact, Dynamic Cloud RADIUS minimizes the need for certificate management in general. Changing permissions is easy to overlook or forget, but editing user attributes is much easier and the changes propagate immediately throughout the system.

 

Introducing Dynamic Cloud RADIUS

An organization can use Cloud RADIUS to keep their network safe and easily manage it. Cloud RADIUS has just one license, can be managed from anywhere, and does not require physical installation, unlike physical servers. Our Cloud RADIUS server is also the only one that comes with an easy-to-use Managed PKI, ensuring that employee credentials are not sent over the air, often unencrypted.

All of the benefits mentioned above are available with CloudRADIUS from IronWifi.

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