User-Defined Roles

User-defined roles allow you to create custom roles that can restrict, count, and meter traffic for identities you want to control. CLI commands allow you to do the following:
  • Create a user defined role.
  • Configure identity match criteria that determine which identities use a role.
  • Add dynamic ACL rules or policies to a role so that those policies are applied to ports to which a matching identity connects.
  • Assign a priority level to each role to determine which role applies when multiple roles are matched to an identity.
  • Establish hierarchical roles that can be used to support topologies built around a company organization structure or a geographical layout.

When specifying match criteria for a role, you can specify identity attributes collected by identity manager (see Identity Information Capture) and those collected from an LDAP server. When configured for an LDAP server, identity manager can send a query to the server with locally collected attributes and retrieve additional attributes for the identity, such as an employee department or title. The use of an LDAP server allows you to design roles that serve departments or localities.