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  1. 1. U S E R G U I D E T O si m plif y i n gBYOD with RuckusIntroduction What are the benefits?Like hot and cold, secure BYOD implementations and The traditional PSK model (WPA2-Personal) is great forease of use have traditionally been mutually exclusive. home networks and small offices with only a few users.Some networking products are intuitive to IT admin- However, as organizations seek better security or differ-istrators, but they lack the necessary features to solve entiated network policies for each user type, the limi-problems or protect corporate users and data. Other tations of a shared PSK become evident pretty quickly.products have all the advanced security, filtering, and Perhaps the most troublesome problem is passphraseaccess control knobs a government agency could ask exposure, passphrase sharing, and change managementfor, but no one can figure out how to use them. policies. If an employee leaves the organization, the pass- phrase must be changed and all devices reconfigured.This application note describes the technology usedand then outlines the steps for how to quickly and On the opposite side, WPA2-Enterprise is “recom-easily configure our ZoneFlex system with the right mended,” but IT administrators have varying comfort lev-blend of flexibility, security, and simplicity to support els with 802.1X and EAP. In turn, many businesses do notBYOD. Instead of adding complexity, we’ve created implement it. Most companies would like to use 802.1X, butsmarter security and connectivity mechanisms that often avoid it because of:ease management and implementation burdens, par-ticularly for mobile devices. In this guide, we’ll outline • Lack of expertisehow the following features help streamline a BYOD • Lack of timeparadigm: • Lack of budget1. ynamic Pre-Shared Key — Per-user credentials D • ack of backend systems (e.g. AAA server, user L with WPA2-Personal — the best of both worlds database, certificate management)2. ero-IT Activation — Easy, secure onboarding Z • Failure to see technical advantages and auto-configuration of client devices Many organizations don’t realize that there is a good alternative to traditional PSKs and 802.1X. DPSK sits3. ole-Based Access Control — Easy ways to man- R right in the happy middle with some of the best advan- age user connectivity and network authorization. tages of both WPA2-Personal and WPA2-Enterprise:Strong Security with Dynamic Pre-Shared Key • asy to use and administer. Users understand E passphrases, but they don’t understand 802.1X.What is DPSK? • PSKs are bound to a specific user/device. Even DIn a traditional WPA2-Personal network, all users if PSKs are shared or exposed, they will not workon the WLAN share the same passphrase. Dynamic with other devices.PreShared Key (DPSK) is patented technology that • Compromised DPSKs do not jeopardize all users.enables unique PSK credentials for each user on thesame network. DPSK was developed to provide secure • ingle DPSKs can be revoked without impact on Swireless access while eliminating the burdens of man- the rest of the network.ual device configuration and the security drawbacks of • PSKs prevent one valid user from decrypting Dshared PSKs. traffic of other valid users.
  2. 2. How to BYOD with Ruckus Wireless Application Note • Provides per-user credentials and policies How does Zero IT Activation work? • Avoids common 802.1X hurdles: Zero-IT activation automates the DPSK generation and client device configuration steps. When a user con- — No dependency on RADIUS or backend user nects for the first time, the user enters his/her user- databases name/password and downloads a configuration file for — No certificates their machine. The user runs the configuration file and — o complex configuration N Zero-IT configures the client machine with a WLAN pro- file, including a uniqueHow does Dynamic PSK work? PSK. Zero-IT preparesDynamic PSK creates a unique 62-byte preshared key the machine to re-con-for each device. The PSK is used for network access as nected to the correctwell as to create encryption keys, which are unique for network.each user. DPSKs can be created in bulk and manuallydistributed to users and devices, or the ZoneDirector What are the benefits?can auto-configure devices with a DPSK when they Zero-IT offers all of theconnect to the network for the first time. security benefits of DPSK along with intuitive and flexible onboarding: • ero touch wireless configuration of laptops and smart Z mobile devices • upport for iPad/iPhone, Android, Mac OS X, S Windows XP, Vista, and 7, and Mobile/CE • One-time device configuration • Easy for IT staff to setup and maintain • nique 62-byte preshared keys generated and auto- U matically installed per deviceBy offering different ways to implement the feature, • Easily deactivated by IT staff if user is no longer validRuckus provides the flexibility to bring DPSKs to net- • New keys can be generated on-demandworks in a way that is secure, intuitive, and IT friendly. • Can integrate with existing user directoriesSince we’re focused on solving BYOD trouble spots,let’s look at using DPSK with a unique Ruckus featurecalled Zero-IT Activation. Configuring and Using Zero-IT Activation Configuring and using Zero-IT Activation is simple.Note: The batch DPSK tool is a manual way to createand manage DPSK credentials and users; if that adds 1. tart by creating a new WLAN for secure connectiv- Svalue for your unique BYOD situation, see Appendix ity. Navigate to the Configure tab in the ZoneDirectorA for step-by-step instructions. UI and then select WLANs in the left pane. When the WLANs page is open, select Create New to make aFlexible Onboarding with Zero-IT Activation new WLAN.What is Zero-IT Activation? 2. Configure the WLAN as follows:Zero-IT Activation is a unique wireless onboarding Name/ESSID = DPSK-ZERO-ITfeature that enables wireless users to securely access Description = Enter a useful description or leave blankthe network without IT staff intervention. Zero-IT works Authentication Method = Openin concert with the DPSK solution, automatically creat- Encryption Method = WPA2ing and deploying DPSKs to valid users when they con- Algorithm = AESnect for the first time. Password = nter a long, complex passphrase E (this will not be given to users) Zero-IT Activation = EnabledHow to BYOD with Ruckus Wireless Page 2
  3. 3. How to BYOD with Ruckus Wireless Application Note Dynamic PSK = Enabled 1 2In the Advanced Options, we can also specify VLANsettings for this WLAN. If we want to match this WLAN 5 6to a specific VLAN, we can do so. Or, we can assigndifferent users to different VLANs. This is useful if wehave VLAN policies on the wired network and we want 9 10to extend those policies to our wireless users. ACCESS VLAN = Enter VLAN ID (default = 1) Enable Dynamic VLAN = Enabled (check in box)3. nly valid users can receive a DPSK with Zero-IT O Activation. To determine which users are valid, we need to decide what user database we’ll use for Zero-IT authentication. Scroll near the bottom of the WLANs page where you’ll find the Zero-IT authentication server settings and the Zero-IT URL (make a note of the URL). Select Local Database. (If integrating with an exist- 1 2 3 ing user database, this is where we would select our AD or LDAP database) 5 6 7 Click Apply (far right corner, not shown). Below the Zero-IT authentication server settings 9 10 is a configuration section for DPSK expiration. If desired, set a PSK lifetime after which the DPSK will expire.4. ow create a user group that is permitted to access N this WLAN. Select Roles from the left-hand side. Create a new role. Name = ZERO-IT-role Description = nter a useful description or leave E blank Specify WLAN access = nable the DPSK- E ZERO-IT WLAN Click OK.5. se the ZoneDirector’s local database and create U a new user for this role. Select Users from the left- hand side. Create a new user. Name = ZeroIT Full Name = First Last Password = password 1 2 3 4 Confirm Password = password 5 6 7 8 9 10How to BYOD with Ruckus Wireless Page 3
  4. 4. How to BYOD with Ruckus Wireless Application Note Role = ZERO-IT-role 1 2 3 4 Click OK.So a role has now been created that maps to the 5 6 7 8DPSK-ZERO-IT WLAN and then we’ve created a userthat belongs to this role. When this user enters his/her username/password, the ZoneDirector will assign 9 10a unique DPSK with permission to access the DPSK-ZERO-IT network.6. o connect a client device, plug in to an Ethernet T port with access to the ZoneDirector’s sub- net/VLAN and use a Web browser to open the “activate” URL. The URL will always be the ZoneDirector IP address followed by /activate (e.g. https://192.168.2.34/activate). Note that the URL is 1 2 TLS encrypted.7. his Web page serves as the DPSK authentica- T 5 6 tion portal to ensure you are a valid user. When the username/password (ZeroIT / password) created in step 5 is entered, the ZoneDirector will determine 9 10 the proper role and provision the client accordingly.8. uccessful authentication will launch a file down- S load called “prov.exe,” “prov.apk,” or “prov.mobile- config,” depending on the OS type. 11 22 33 44 55 66 77 88 9 9 10 109. pen the file and Zero-IT will auto-configure the O WLAN profile (may require administrator privileges). 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1010. The configuration script will also automatically connect the client to the network.Zero-IT simplifies network setup for new users, as youcan see. Configuring ZoneDirector is straightforwardfor IT staff and the client experience is intuitive.BYOD-ProvisioningNow it’s important to look at device onboardingHow to BYOD with Ruckus Wireless Page 4
  5. 5. How to BYOD with Ruckus Wireless Application Notewithout Ethernet. Mobile phones and tablets are the 1 2primary devices driving the BYOD trend, but they lackwired interfaces. So there needs to be a way to securelyprovision them with a clean, intuitive workflow. 5 6How does BYOD Provisioning work? 9 10By relying on the Zero-IT Activation feature, a “provi-sioning” network can be easily created to automati-cally redirect users to the Zone Director’s activate login 6b 6dscreen. The open network is used only for device pro-visioning; after the ZoneDirector validates user creden-tials, mobile devices receive a configuration file thatauto-configures the WLAN connection manager andre-connects them on the proper WLAN.Configuring and Using Zero-IT Activation for BYODThe BYOD setup for this is quite similar to the previ-ous wired Zero-IT setup. In fact, it relies on the DPSK- 1 2 3ZERO-IT SSID already created for device connectiv-ity. Think of that WLAN as the corporate network. Nowsimply create a second WLAN that will serve as our 5 6 7provisioning network. 9 10 6cTo start, within the ZoneFlex system, define a newHotspot Service to use for wireless provisioning.Hotspot Services are a way to control network access 1 2 6b 3 6d 4 6eon open networks. This helps ensure that the provision-ing network is used only for provisioning. 5 6 7 81. ind the Hotspot Services section on the left-hand F side and select it. In the main screen, create a new 9 10 6c Hotspot Service Name = BYOD-PROVISIONING 6b 6d 6e Login Page = ttps://xx.xx.xx.xx/activate, h where xx.xx.xx.xx is the IP address of the Zone Director (e.g. https://192.168.2.34/activate). This is the page to which ZoneDirector will redirect users for authentication. Create a New rule. Authentication Server = Local Database Enter the “activate” URL (https://192.168.2.34/acti- Wireless Client Isolation =Full vate) address here and click save.2. t’s also important to configure a “walled garden,” I Click OK to save this Hotspot Service. which is a way to limit the network access on the 3. ow create a new WLAN to offer these Hotspot N Open network so it can only be used for provision- Services. Navigate back to the WLANs page and ing. To do so, expand the walled garden configura- create a new WLAN. tion section in our BYOD-PROVISIONING Hotspot Services profile. Name/ESSID = BYOD-PROVISIONING Description = Enter a useful description or leave blank Type = Hotspot Service (WISPr)How to BYOD with Ruckus Wireless Page 5
  6. 6. How to BYOD with Ruckus Wireless Application Note 1 2 Authentication Method = Open 1 2 3 4 5 6 Encryption Method = None Hotspot Services = elect BYOD-PROVISIONING S 5 6 7 18 2 9 3 10 from the list.4. n the wired DPSK with Zero-IT demo, a Role titled I 9 10 1 6c 25 36 46d 6b 7 ZERO-IT-role was already created. This role has per- mission to access the DPSK-ZERO-IT SSID. Confirm that this role is still present. 1 26b 3 6d 5 6e 69 4 7 86c 105. Now create a new mobile user in the local database that will be a member of the Zero-IT role. 5 6 7 9 8 6b 6c 10 6d 6e User Name = Mob.User Full Name = Mobile User 9 10 6c 6b 6d 6e Password = password Confirm Password = password 1 6b 2 6d 3 1 6e 4 2 3 4 Role = ZERO-IT-role 5 6 7 5 8 6 7 86. ow everything is ready to onboard this user and N his/her devices. a. With a mobile device (iphone shown here), con- 9 10 6c 9 10 6c nect to the BYOD-PROVISIONING SSID. b. aunch the browser and the URL redirect will L 6b 6d 6e 6b 6d 6e occur, taking you to the connection activation page. c. ogin with the Mob.User user credentials created L in step 5. d. uccessful login will launch the auto-configuration S profile. Install the profile. e. Now connect to the corporate WLAN (i.e. DPSK-ZERO-IT)7. sing the ZoneDirector’s Monitor tab, currently U active clients can be easily viewed to check on users. Here, the connected iPhone, the MAC address bind- wireless networks and get users connected. Now we’ll examine how to use Zero-IT with role-based access to grant network privileges and keep the network prop- erly segmented. ing, the user name of the connected user, and some device specific information are all visible. Even with Role-Based Access a long list of users, it is easy to find specific clients using the search field. In conjunction with Zero-IT Activation and DPSK, Ruckus provides a straightforward way to apply rolesThe Zero-IT tool creates a quick and easy way to deployHow to BYOD with Ruckus Wireless Page 6
  7. 7. How to BYOD with Ruckus Wireless Application Noteto each user, granting access to WLAN policies and Now configure it in the ZoneDirector.VLANs according to the user type. By granting accessbased on user roles, IT staff can extend specific per- Implementing Role-Based Accessmissions to users based on wired network design and Start by creating the requisite WLANs.policy. 1. Navigate to the WLANs menu in the left pane andSo far, we’ve focused on the internal database of the then create a new WLAN:ZoneDirector to create users, but in live networks,the ZoneDirector seamlessly integrates with an exist- Name/ESSID = Administrationing user database, such as Active Directory, Open Description = nter a useful description or leave EDirectory, OpenLDAP, or eDirectory to determine a blankuser’s role assignment. Authentication Method = OpenThe internal database of the ZoneDirector can be used Encryption Method = WPA2for this feature which is shown in this demo. We’ll also Algorithm = AESdiscuss how you can use this feature with an external Password = nter a long, complex passphrase Edatabase. (this will not be given to users) Zero-IT Activation = EnabledPlanning Role-Based Access Dynamic PSK = EnabledBy relying on the Zero-IT Activation feature, the “pro- In Advanced Options,visioning” network automatically redirects users to theZone Director’s activate login screen. ACCESS VLAN = 0 1 Click OK.The first planning step to take is to decide what typesof users will use the network, what roles to create for Now configure administrative users and roles so theythose users, and what permissions should be assigned are mapped to this WLAN, receiving administrator priv-to these roles. ileges and policies.In this demo, we’ll create a mock education scenario Note: If we’re supporting multiple VLANs on each AP,using the following roles: we need to make sure our switch ports are configured to support those VLANs. • Administration • Staff 11 22 33 • StudentWe’ll create corresponding WLANs and then map the 55 66 77users/roles to their proper WLAN.The last step is to evaluate the current wired network as 99 10 10a baseline to decide to what VLAN user groups shouldbe assigned.If an external user database that has VLAN attributes isbeing used, this process can be completely automatedby enabling the Dynamic VLAN assignment feature.This adds additional flexibility, allowing the use of a sin-gle WLAN for different user types.As an example: • Administration – VLAN 10 • Staff – VLAN 50 • Student – VLAN 80How to BYOD with Ruckus Wireless Page 7
  8. 8. How to BYOD with Ruckus Wireless Application Note2. reate the Staff and Student WLANs with the C 1 2 3 4 same parameters, changing the VLAN ID accord- ingly (we’ll skip the details here). For the student WLAN (or others, such as guests), you may wish to 5 6 7 8 configure other advanced features: • lient Isolation (prevents valid users from commu- C 9 10 nicating directly with one another through the AP) — this is recommended for guest and some stu- dent networks • Rate limiting policies • MAC or IP ACLs to limit network destinations3. Now let’s navigate to the Roles page and create our respective roles. Create New. Name = Administrators Description = Enter a useful description or leave blank WLAN Policies = Enable Administration WLAN As shown, this user authenticated successfully and was assigned to the Administrators role. Zero-IT would then Click OK. 1 2 3 4The Group Attributes value for this role (shown above)can be set if integrating with an existing user database(e.g. AD, LDAP, etc.). When the ZoneDirector queries 5 6 7 8the database for authentication, the user’s group attri-bute automatically maps the user to a ZoneDirector 9 10 provision this user’s DPSK for the proper WLAN and VLAN. 1 2 5 6role.To test this feature, use the Test Authentication 9 10Settings feature built into ZoneDirector (navigate tothe AAA Servers menu).To show how it works in a live environment, we’ve setupan OpenLDAP user database with an administrativeuser. In the LDAP database, this user is mapped to anadministrator group. In ZoneDirector, pick the data-base and enter the credentials. This will test that thedatabase is properly configured and that the user isassigned to the correct role.How to BYOD with Ruckus Wireless Page 8
  9. 9. How to BYOD with Ruckus Wireless Application Note4. Next, create the remaining roles. The role setup should be similar to previous setups.5. the local database, we need to create our users In next. Enter the name, password, and then select the correct role. user can be added for each of the roles (admin, A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 staff, student). The final user list will look similar to this.6. Now its important to test the authentication set- tings for each user to ensure that users will be placed in the proper role and WLAN during authentication.That’s it —role-based access control with Zero-IT acti-vation. It’s easy for IT staff, easy for users, and providesflexibility with user policies and segmentation.Note: To explore this lab in greater detail, use a man-aged switch and a DHCP server. Create the VLANs onthe switch and the DHCP scopes on the DHCP serverfor each VLAN. Connect a device to each WLAN (admin, staff, student) in turn. Observe the IP settingsand VLAN access granted to each user type.SummaryFor organizations trying to solve BYOD challenges, itdoesn’t have to be complex and cumbersome. Witheasy to implement features like Zero-IT configura-tion, Dynamic PSK, and simplified role-based accessHow to BYOD with Ruckus Wireless Page 9
  10. 10. How to BYOD with Ruckus Wireless Application Notecontrol, enterprises can leverage their existing net- 1 2work resources to extend policies to their wirelessusers. Ruckus makes it painless to get users connectedand provisioned with the correct network permissions. 5 6After that, we keep them happily connected with reli-able RF performance. 9 10Appendix AConfiguring and Using DPSK Batch GenerationThe DPSK batch generation tool is a way to manuallycontrol per-user PSKs. This method of implementingDPSKs creates a DPSK file with multiple PSKs that canbe offered to users or pre-configured on their devices.The onboarding process is similar to traditional WPA2-Personal networks, but it provides the added flexibilityand security of DPSK. 1. Start by creating a new DPSK WLAN. Navigate to the Configure tab in the ZoneDirector UI and then select WLANs in the left pane. When the WLANs page is open, select Create New to make a new 1 2 3 WLAN.2. Configure the WLAN as follows: 5 6 7 Name/ESSID = DPSK-batch Description = nter a useful description or leave E 9 10 blank Authentication Method = Open Encryption Method = WPA2 Algorithm = AES Password = nter a long, complex passphrase E (this will not be given to users) Zero-IT Activation = Enabled Dynamic PSK = Enabled Click OK.In the advanced options, VLAN settings for this WLANcan also be specified. To match this WLAN to a spe-cific VLAN or assign different users to different VLANsis simple. This is useful if we have authorization policieson the wired network and want to extend those poli-cies to wireless users.How to BYOD with Ruckus Wireless Page 10
  11. 11. How to BYOD with Ruckus Wireless Application Note ACCESS VLAN = Enter VLAN ID (default = 1) The default DPSK file has stock user names and empty Enable Dynamic VLAN = Enabled (check in box) MAC address bindings (we can customize these set- tings if we use the DPSK import tool). When a DPSK is used to connect to the network for the first time, the 3. While on the WLANs page, scroll to the Dynamic ZoneDirector will bind the device’s MAC address to the PSK Batch Generation section at the bottom. The DPSK batch tool is essentially an interface for cre- ating DPSKs. If we have a list of users (and their MAC address and assigned VLANs), we can import a comma separated value (.csv) file here. Otherwise, we can let the ZoneDirector create a file for us with default user- names and the default VLAN. This tool has flexible DPSK. 8. Test it and connect a client. Launch your wireless connection utility, scan for the DPSK-batch SSID and, using the first passphrase in the .csv file, con- nect to the WLAN as you would to a traditional PSK options, but let’s focus on a simple implementation for network. now. 9. Success! 4. Select the DPSK-batch WLAN from the drop-down list. This determines the SSID with which the gener- ated DPSKs will work. 5. Enter the number of unique DPSK users to create (e.g. 50) and a VLAN ID if you want this set of users to be auto-assigned to a specific VLAN when they connect. 6. lick Generate in the bottom right corner (not C shown in image above). You should see a message indicating success. 7. lick the link to download the generated DPSK C record, which will launch the .csv file download. Open the file. 10. n the ZoneDirector GUI (Monitor Currently I Active Clients), we will now see that BatchDPSK_ User_1 is an active client. And, we’ll see (Monitor Generated PSK/Certs) that the user’s DPSK has been mapped to the device’s MAC address. Ruckus Wireless, Inc. 880 West Maude Avenue, Suite 101, Sunnyvale, CA 94085 USA (650) 265-4200 Ph (408) 738-2065 FxCopyright © 2012, Ruckus Wireless, Inc. All rights reserved. Ruckus Wireless and Ruckus Wireless design are registered in the U.S. Patent and TrademarkOffice. Ruckus Wireless, the Ruckus Wireless logo, BeamFlex, ZoneFlex, MediaFlex, FlexMaster, ZoneDirector, SpeedFlex, SmartCast, and Dynamic PSKare trademarks of Ruckus Wireless, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned in this document or website are the w w w.r u c k u s w i re le s s .co mproperty of their respective owners. 805-71768-001 rev 01

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