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Cisco Defense Orchestrator

RADIUS Change of Authorization

The RADIUS Change of Authorization (CoA) feature provides a mechanism to change the attributes of authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) session after it is authenticated. A key challenge for RA VPNs is to secure the internal network against compromised endpoints and to secure the endpoint itself when it is affected by viruses or malware, by remediating the attack on the endpoint. There is a need to secure the endpoint and the internal network in all phases, that is, before, during, and after the RA VPN session. The RADIUS CoA feature helps in achieving this goal.

If you use Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) RADIUS servers, you can configure Change of Authorization policy enforcement. When a policy changes for a user or user group in AAA, ISE sends CoA messages to the FTD device to reinitialize authentication and apply the new policy. An Inline Posture Enforcement Point (IPEP) is not required to apply access control lists (ACLs) for each VPN session established with the FTD device.

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