802.1AE-2018: MAC Security
(MACsec, Revision of 802.1AE-2006)

Full title: IEEE Standard for Local and metropolitan area networks–Media Access Control (MAC) Security

IEEE 802 Local Area Networks (LANs) are deployed in networks that support mission-critical applications and a wide variety of devices, implemented and administered by different organizations, and serving customers with different economic interests. The protocols that configure, manage, and regulate access to these networks typically run over the networks themselves. Preventing disruption and data loss arising from transmission and reception by unauthorized devices is a required network capability, as it is usually not practical to secure an entire network against physical access.

This standard (MACsec) specifies provision of connectionless user data confidentiality, data integrity, and data origin authenticity by media access independent protocols and entities that operate transparently to MAC Clients.

This revision project incorporated IEEE Std 802.1AE and its approved amendments IEEE Stds 802.1AEbn, 802.1AEbw, and 802.1AEcg.

Current Status

Standard IEEE Std 802.1AE-2018
Approved by the IEEE Standards Board September 27th, 2018.
Available free from the IEEE Get Program.
Amendments and corrigenda exist, see IEEE Std 802.1AE.
Editor Mick Seaman

Project History

Project Revision of IEEE Std 802.1AE-2006 and amendments
PAR PAR approved September 28th, 2017.
CSD Roll-up revision, no new functionality, no CSD required.
Editor Mick Seaman
Supersedes 802.1AE-2006: Media Access Control (MAC) Security
802.1AEbn-2011: GCM–AES–256 Cipher Suite
802.1AEbw-2013: Extended Packet Numbering
802.1AEcg-2017: Ethernet Data Encryption devices
Archive Drafts and dispositions of comments