Network admins are surely familiar with Cisco Smart Install – the handy plug-and-play configuration and management feature that offers zero-touch deployments.
And though Cisco is known for security, and the Smart Install feature has some great benefits – such as allowing you to easily deploy network switches in a Cisco environment with no assistance from a network admin – it also can be a security risk if you leave it turned on. Whether by design or default, I find a lot of cases where it’s left on, but none where it’s actually in use at that time.
For a penetration tester, that’s a key finding. In this video, I explain how Cisco Smart Install can leave you and your company vulnerable if it is left on. (Helpful hint: Cisco Smart Install is often on by default, so watch this and then go check your network).
Have you checked your network to see if Cisco Smart Install is on. It was, wasn’t it? And, you did turn it off, right?
If so, you closed off a simple but often effective door for hackers.
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