Nedap Security Management releases AEOS 2021.1 with support with support for 802.1x
Nedap Security Management today announced the new release of its platform for access control and security management AEOS. The main focus of the AEOS 2021.1 release is the new controller platform of the AEOS door controller. It’s a complete overhaul of the controller firmware. This update brings better cyber security and stability and makes sure that the AEOS door controllers keep up with the latest technology and security patches.
New controller platform
In the AEOS 2021.1 release the operating system of the AEOS controller is completely renewed. Thanks to this update the controllers benefit from the latest technology standard. And of course the latest security patches are installed.
The new implementation of the factory reset on the AEOS door controllers allows you to reset the controller to AEOS version 3.2.2. The already existing ‘system settings reset’ function stays in place. So there are now more secure reset mechanisms in Nedap AEOS.
In AEOS 2021.1 AEOS tech-help is now available. Tech-help is a fast and interactive manual for system administrators which helps them to quickly and easily find the support needed.
Improved update process
With the AEOS 2021.1 release, Nedap believes to have laid a new foundation for future improvements of the process to update AEOS door controllers. When updating to AEOS 2021.1 the complete file structure of the door controller will change. And thanks to this new file structure future updates will require less down-time in the near future.
What is 802.1x and why does it matter?
IEEE 802.1X is an IEEE Standard that provides an authentication mechanism to devices wishing to attach to a LAN or WLAN. This authentication mechanism to ensure that only trusted devices can connect to your IP network.
If a visitor plugs their laptop into the same network outlet, 802.1x will reveal that it doesn’t have the required digital certificate. And so access to your network will be denied. When it comes to access control, the devices attempting to connect to your network are controllers.
An authentication server is used to verify if a controller is allowed to connect to the network. If the controller isn’t loaded with a trusted digital certificate – for example if someone’s trying to hijack your access control system by adding their own controllers – the authentication server will tell the switch to deny the controller access to your IP network.