Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) Pros

Wayne Cross - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Cyber Security at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
The solution is great for establishing trust for every access request no matter where it comes from.
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Laurence Mcbride - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Business Systems Analyst at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
It does what it's supposed to. We use a certificate-based authentication method for corporate-managed devices. That means when a user walks in with their managed laptop and plugs it into the network, it chats with Cisco ISE in the background, allows it on the network, and away they go.
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MA
Associate Consultant at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
In terms of features, I think they've done a lot of improvement on the graphical user interface — it looks really good right now.
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Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine)
November 2022
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CN
Network Operations Supervisor at McCoy's Building Supply
Not having to trust devices and being able to set those levels of trust and more finely control our network is a benefit.
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CW
Network Infrastructure Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
At the moment, ISE seems to integrate very well with a number of other technologies.
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Bill Masci - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Network Admin at Iridium
When we use ISE, one of the helpful things is that I can go through the dashboard and get every step along the way of how a device was authenticated. If it's failing, why did it fail? Why is it unauthorized? If there's an error, what is the error and how can I fix that error? If it's something that, if they should be passing, why are they failing?
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MB
Accounting Executive at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
The way the ISE works is you can get into defining. Let's say, in my case, I've got a Windows laptop and I've got an Apple product and those have unique identifiers, unique back addresses. It would say that this in my profile so I could get to those apps with either device, 24/seven. That's how granular the ISE or these NAC Solutions can get.
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EM
Network Engineer at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees
[One of the most valuable features] is just the ease of use. It's pretty simple to set up certs that we can add to our clients to make sure that they connect properly, [as is] whitelisting Mac addresses.
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Adam Boldin - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Architect at Tarrant Regional Water District
The endpoint profiling feature is among the most valuable because it keeps me from having to manually maintain a MAC address bypass list to track endpoints. I can have ISE profile them for me and then put them in the right bucket.
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Sean Muller - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Security manager at a energy/utilities company with 201-500 employees
The ability to integrate our Cisco AnyConnect connections to the active directory has been great.
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Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) Cons

Wayne Cross - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Cyber Security at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
The interface is a little bit complex.
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Laurence Mcbride - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Business Systems Analyst at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees
A main issue is that the upgrade process, over time, is extraordinarily fragile. Repeatedly, over the past several years, when we've tried to upgrade our Cisco ISE implementation, the upgrade has broken it. Ultimately, we have then had to rebuild it because we need it.
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MA
Associate Consultant at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
An issue with the product is it tends to have a lot of bugs whenever they release a new release.
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Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine)
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CN
Network Operations Supervisor at McCoy's Building Supply
The UI is not as intuitive as some other products, even products inside of Cisco's wheelhouse.
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CW
Network Infrastructure Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
This product doesn't work in isolation.
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Bill Masci - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Network Admin at Iridium
A lot of people tell you the hardware requirements for ISE are pretty substantial. If you're running a virtual environment, you're going to be dedicating quite a bit of resources to an ISE VM. That is something that could be worked on.
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MB
Accounting Executive at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
In the next release, I would want to see this kind of solution in the cloud as opposed to on prem because when enhancements are made to the software, if it's in the cloud, it's overnight. I mean you're not going to have to respin the servers that the license sits on, it's all microservices kinds of things in the cloud. That would be my recommendation. If I'm a customer, that's what I'm looking at - for cloud based software subscriptions.
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EM
Network Engineer at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees
Automation [is an area for improvement]. It seems like everywhere I look, automation is super important. Automation and integrations. That's the area it could be improved...
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Adam Boldin - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Architect at Tarrant Regional Water District
I'd like to see the logging be a bit more robust in terms of what it has baked in. If I want to do any in-depth searching, I have to export all the logs to an external platform like Elastic or LogRhythm and then parse through them myself. It would be nice if I could find what I want, when I want it, on the platform itself.
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Sean Muller - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Security manager at a energy/utilities company with 201-500 employees
It would be nice if it could be configured easily by default.
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Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine)
November 2022
Learn what your peers think about Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine). Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: November 2022.
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