By Vince Lujan Posted January 11, 2018
RADIUS is a secure means of authentication for wired and wireless network access. The drawback with RADIUS is that it is traditionally implemented on-prem and can be difficult to maintain. That is why many IT organizations have chosen to leverage a web based RADIUS authentication solution included as part of Directory-as-a-Service®, from JumpCloud.
Web based RADIUS authentication with Directory-as-a-Service can be highly advantageous for modern IT organizations. Before we explain why, let’s first outline traditional RADIUS implementations to reveal how JumpCloud has changed the game.
Traditional RADIUS Authentication
RADIUS is a network authentication protocol that manages network access on an individual basis. RADIUS works by routing network access requests to a dedicated RADIUS server for authentication. Once authenticated, the user is subsequently granted access to the network.
The benefits of RADIUS are easy to recognize with data breaches increasing at an alarming rate (ESR), especially when you consider the alternative is typically a shared SSID and passphrase. Obviously, network security is critical. RADIUS authentication ensures that only the right people have access to the network rather than anyone with the SSID and passphrase.
The challenge is that RADIUS can be expensive and difficult to implement and maintain on-prem. For example, IT must first procure the hardware necessary to support RADIUS (i.e., dedicated servers, switches, waps, cables). Endpoints must then be configured to direct user access requests to dedicated RADIUS servers. Finally, RADIUS infrastructure must be constantly maintained to ensure that users have uninterrupted access to networked IT resources.
The bottom line is that web based RADIUS authentication is often easier and more cost effective to implement and maintain than on-prem RADIUS alternatives. However, while there are many web based RADIUS authentication solutions currently available, only one is backed by a comprehensive cloud identity management platform. That solution is called Directory-as-a-Service, from JumpCloud.
Web Based RADIUS Authentication with Directory-as-a-Service
Web based RADIUS authentication is a core aspect of the JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service platform. JumpCloud web RADIUS works in much the same way as traditional RADIUS implementations on-prem. However, because JumpCloud cloud RADIUS authentication is delivered as a service, IT admins simply point their endpoints at the JumpCloud managed RADIUS servers and we take care of the rest. In short, JumpCloud RADIUS-as-a-Service provides all of the benefits of RADIUS without the headache of implementing and maintaining a RADIUS solution on-prem.
The best part is that web based RADIUS authentication is but one aspect of the JumpCloud Directory-as-a-Service platform. IT admins can also leverage Directory-as-a-Service to provide a comprehensive array of management capabilities for core user identities, systems (e.g., Windows, Mac, Linux), applications (web and on-prem), productivity platforms (Office 365, G Suite) Samba file servers and storage solutions (Synology, QNAP, FreeNAS), cross-platform group based policies, security settings (password complexity, MFA, SSH keys), and more.
Learn More About Web Based RADIUS Authentication
RADIUS-as-a-Service is a core aspect of the JumpCloud platform. It enables IT admins to take advantage of RADIUS authentication without the headache of maintaining RADIUS infrastructure on-prem. As a result, IT admins can focus on more important tasks.
Contact the JumpCloud team if you are interested in learning more about web based RADIUS authentication with JumpCloud. You can also sign up for a Directory-as-a-Service account and secure your network with RADIUS today. Your first ten users are free forever to help you discover the full potential of the JumpCloud platform at no cost.