So, here’s a Chalk Talk on Secure Manageability of Cisco Collaboration Environments for those who are interesting in or wanted to get started with secure management.
Here’s an excerpt from the article
Now that your Cisco world class Collaboration Network is set up and functional, it is time to leverage the benefits of the Unified IP environment. With reduction in Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), leveraging converged network for transporting both voice and data and increased Return on Investment (ROI), what can possibly go wrong? Well, if you didn’t think in a holistic way while setting up the management aspect of your Collaboration network, a lot can go wrong. With things on the move, you should concentrate on making sure they keep going as planned. That is, ensure that you have a plan to securely manage the vital assets of your organization’s communications channels.
More often than not, the topic of “secure management” does not come up as early as it should in most network management discussions. Reasons can vary, such as – lack of support from higher management (monetary or manpower) or lack of insight or experience about what goes into secure management of a Collaboration network. With that said, a Secure Collaboration Network can be achievable only if network management is secured. All in all, if a true collaboration experience is to be achieved, it can be only by way of well-rounded security strategy, and secure network management is an indispensable part of any security strategy.
A Collaboration network’s secure management can be looked upon as a task to move away from unsecure management protocols to standards-driven secure management protocols. The following sections discuss the importance of switching from relatively unsecure or weak security posture management protocols to comparatively secure management protocols.
Something’s Just Not Right!
Until now many organizations still stick with clear text, and in turn, vulnerable protocols for managing their Collaboration networks. The burning question is – why use an insecure protocol at all? The answer is pretty straight forward –a default clear text protocol doesn’t require any special software at Network Management Station (NMS) nor any special configuration at the device being managed. While this may sound great at first, it’s not a leading practice or a recommendation for managing an organization’s Collaboration network.
For full article you can view Cisco Technical Services newsletter of Nov 2013 @ http://goo.gl/zN3Jrh or article on Cisco Support Community https://supportforums.cisco.com/docs/DOC-37500
And if you’re interested in further details on how you can achieve a secure network construct for your Cisco Collaboration network, you can always refer to Securing Cisco IP Telephony Networks