AAA Protocols : RADIUS and HWTACACS
Networks need to be protected against any unknown access. In other words, network administrators need to control the users that can access to the network. They need to check who they are, what are they allowed for and what did they do. These three questions are the main explanation of AAA (Authentication, Authorization, Accounting).
Authentication : Who are you?
Authorization : What do you allowed to do?
Accounting : What did you do?
There are some protocols for AAA (Authentication, Authorization, Accounting).In this lesson, we will talk about two of these protocols. RADIUS and HWTACACS. There is also another AAA protocol called “Diameter” that we will talk about later. Here, we will focus on RADIUS and HWTACACS.
RADIUS is the abbreviation of “Remote Access Dial-In User Service” and HWTACACS is the abviation of “Terminal Access Controller Access-Control System”. As you see, it is better to use abbreviations and you will always come across the abraviations not the whole name.
You can find the main differences between RADIUS and HWTACACS in the below table. In the following RADIUS and HWTACACS lessons, we will discuss these AAA Protocols and their characteristics detaily.