CISC-ND-000100 - The Cisco switch must be configured to automatically audit account modification - servers


Since the accounts in the network device are privileged or system-level accounts, account management is vital to the security of the network device. Account management by a designated authority ensures access to the network device is being controlled in a secure manner by granting access to only authorized personnel with the appropriate and necessary privileges. Auditing account modification along with an automatic notification to appropriate individuals will provide the necessary reconciliation that account management procedures are being followed. If modifications to management accounts are not audited, reconciliation of account management procedures cannot be tracked.


Configure the switch to log account modification using the following steps:

Step 1: Configure the AAA servers as shown in the example below:

SW1(config)# radius-server host
SW1(config)# radius-server host

Step 2: Configure an AAA server group as shown in the example below:

SW1(config)# aaa group server radius RADIUS_SERVERS
SW1(config-radius)# server
SW1(config-radius)# server
SW1(config-radius)# exit

Step 3: Enable AAA accounting as shown in the example below:

SW1(config)# aaa accounting default group RADIUS_SERVERS
SW1(config)# end

Supportive Information

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This security hardening control applies to the following category of controls within NIST 800-53: Access Control.This control applies to the following type of system Cisco.