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Access switches features

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  • 1.  Access switches features

    Posted Feb 27, 2024 02:17 AM

    Hi All,

    I wonder if you can help me in this inquiry; My company are in process to implement new network equipment. The consultant as for the below requirement to be included in the Access switching level "The device should support SSL Inspection Throughput of 12 Gbps, with IPS enabled (tested with HTTP traffic, using TLS v1.2 with AES128-SHA256).". For the first time in my life I hear someone asking for SSL inspection on the Access level! is this available on Aruba Access switches? 

  • 2.  RE: Access switches features

    Posted Feb 27, 2024 06:38 AM
    Hi! I would turn that question back to the consultant: are access switches firewalls?

  • 3.  RE: Access switches features

    Posted Feb 27, 2024 07:11 AM

    I'd say its very uncommon to do SSL decryption in access switches, and with these numbers/scale it will be a very expensive solution. In larger networks, and with tunnel technology (Dynamic Segmentation, VXLAN) you could add security features in fewer locations to keep the cost down. I see SSL inspection also as a technology that is going away as newer versions of SSL are fixing the vulnerabilities that make SSL man-in-the-middle possible; although for the reason of SSL inspection that is still under discussion.

    This almost sounds like there is one single product in the market that has such specifications (given the details like 12 Gbps) and exclude all other products. I would not even know a device that have such features in an access switch, nor what you would use it for.

    Herman Robers
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