Network security has become a larger issue with the prevalence of WiFi. Networks used to be hardwired and more difficult to get onto unless you were physically within the office. Now, with WiFi, it is possible to get onto an organization’s WiFi network just sitting in the parking lot. When you add the common practice of businesses putting the shared WiFi credentials on a whiteboard somewhere in the office, it is easy to see how you are putting yourself at risk of a breach. Are the credentials changed every time someone is offboarded? Do visitors get access to the full network? These are both potential paths for a breach to occur.
The solution for this issue is to authenticate users uniquely to the WiFi network. Unfortunately, making that happen is not an easy process. You’ll need to install, configure, and manage a FreeRADIUS server and then connect that to your directory service. As well, you’ll need to make sure that each of your endpoints is configured to connect to the RADIUS server via your wireless access points. This entire process creates much more work for IT admins, preventing them from spending time on their organization’s core mission. With JumpCloud’s Directory-as-a-Service® though, it is possible to remove the hassles of implementing a RADIUS infrastructure.
Our RADIUS-as-a-Service (RaaS) feature allows administrators to connect users to WiFi access points utilizing unique credentials for each user (instead of everyone sharing the same SSID and passphrase). These credentials are also used to access their other IT resources, from their workstations to LDAP-bound applications and more. JumpCloud provides pre-built, pre-configured, scalable, fully-managed, and maintained RADIUS servers, meaning that the days of building, configuring, and maintaining everything on your own are over. You simply point your wireless access points to the cloud RADIUS infrastructure.
JumpCloud’s RADIUS-as-a-Service implementation also allows admins to assign access to your entire user base individually, or by subgroups based on location or need. You can even provide temporary access to the WiFi network for guests or visiting users with a set expiration.
Cloud RADIUS is an integral part of your JumpCloud service, allowing you to protect and manage as many networks as you need to without any additional setup or cost to you. Just turn it on and go.
Our 24/7 monitoring and maintenance ensures your RADIUS infrastructure is always on and fully managed, with security built-in from the ground up. On top of that, our security is audited by third-party security experts to ensure it’s functioning at it’s highest level. Finally, JumpCloud’s support team is one of the most experienced in the business, so when you have a problem you’re talking to experts not someone reading from a script.
If you would like to try RADIUS-as-a-Service out for yourself, click here. Your first 10 users are free forever. Alternatively, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us. We would be happy to talk about how our virtual RADIUS service can benefit you.