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This chapter presents a basic overview of Layer 2 security. The chapter gives you configuration examples and brings together the integrated-security features available on Cisco switches, such as port-level controls, port blocking, port security Private VLAN (PVLAN), and many more. The chapter discusses the various configurable ACLs that can be used on the switches, including the wire-speed ACLs. The chapter takes a quick look at the Spanning Tree Protocol features and safeguard mechanisms available to prevent STP attacks. Cisco switches offer unique features to mitigate common attacks on the services such as DHCP, DNS, and ARP-cache poisoning attacks. The chapter briefly outlines some platform-specific integrated security features available on the high-end switch platforms. The chapter concludes with the summary of Layer 2 security best practices to implement, manage, and maintain a secure Layer 2 network.

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