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Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) Valuable Features

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. ISE is always very complicated to deploy because it's GUI-based. So they came up with this feature called work centers, that kind of streamlines that process. That's a good feature in the product right now.

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CW
Network Infrastructure Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The posturing is the solution's most important aspect. When a user connects his or her machine to the network, the first is for ISE to check whether that machine is authorized, check that that machine is compliant with respect to antiviruses, whether it complies with respect to Windows updates, et cetera. If not, a feature is on auto-remediation, so that the proper antivirus and Windows updates can be pushed to the machine.

At the moment, ISE seems to integrate very well with a number of other technologies. It integrates well with Microsoft and integrates well with other wireless systems.

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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. That you have to have that same device.

They can get into the antivirus. They will check the antivirus to see if it's the most current version and if it's not, if that's your policy, it will let you go through and access the app if the antivirus has been updated. But if the policy was that it has to be the most current version, then it can block you until you upgrade the antivirus.

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Infrastructure and Cybersecurity Manager at George Washington's Mount Vernon

The solution cuts down on the repercussions of getting malware or ransomware which happened to us four years ago. We regularly took very aggressive snapshots and we were able to recover in an hour and 20 minutes without any loss of data.

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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. Also, as a source of authentication during the process of logging into Cisco AnyConnect has been very useful for us. 

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AV
Solution Architect Telecom at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

The actual radius is the most valuable aspect of the solution. We need to have a centric solution either on MarTech X and for the wireless user authentication. We were mainly on Cisco and we continue to use them. However, this is the time period for a refresh as the five-year lifespan is completed. We may look for other options.

Technical support is okay.

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Co-Founder & Director at VSAM Technologies

The general usefulness of the product is not specific to a particular feature. This is a comprehensive solution covering access to network to create a zero trust environment. It covers Network Access Control, Network Segmentation & policy control

The solution integrates well with other Cisco solutions. It works both from a single-vendor perspective and in cases where the client might have a hybrid network and multiple security solutions.

The product offers very good functionality.

From a configuration point of view, it's simple. It's not very complex. I don't see any major challenges when using the product.

The solution is reliable.

The scalability is good.

We haven't had any issues with technical support. They have been helpful. 

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RF
Cyber Security at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

To be clear, I'm not an expert in networking, so I'm pretty much like a user.

I really like the guest WiFi. Those kinds of features are pretty convenient. When I have a guest in the form of a third party, I can grant access to the guest for a certain period of time and have a dynamic password generated. It's great.

The user experience of the solution is great. It's a very transparent system.

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BN
Senior Software Engineer with 501-1,000 employees

It works very well with the network, router, and switches. It is able to enforce the policy and assigns the traffic a Security Group tag.

A Google user is able to enforce access throughout the router and switches ensuring the traffic going through has the same policy.

When you push out the policy, it is able to populate the entire network at one time.

It's quite good, the market is using this solution.

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DH
IT Manager at Shanta Mining

While the solution has a host of features, we only use the one involving access control. 

We are looking into further uses for it. My aim is to deploy it across all three of our sites and not just one. 

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BA
Corporate Information Technology Security Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

ISE integrates well with other Cisco products.

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OZ
Network & Security Engineer at a engineering company with 201-500 employees

The RADIUS Server holds the most value.

The TACACS feature in ISE is good.

We also use the Posture feature to control the environment.

The product features are quite good.

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BN
Senior Software Engineer with 501-1,000 employees

My clients are always talking about the segregation capabilities. Segmentation refers to how you can actually segregate employee and non-employee client access. 

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Sr Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

The core point is that Cisco ISE is the same globally compared to FortiAuthenticator. Whether I deploy in China, the US, South Africa, or wherever, I'm can get all the capabilities. It allows me to directly integrate with 365, and from a communications point of view, that is a good capability. 

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Technology Manager at Advanced Integrated Systems

Combines authentication,authorization,accounting(AAA),posture,and profilerinto one appliance

Provides for comprehensive guest access management for Cisco ISE administrators.

Enforces endpoint compliance by providing comprehensive client provisioning measures and assessing the device posture for all endpoints that access the network,including 802.1X Environments

EmploysadvancedenforcementcapabilitiesincludingTrustsecthroughthe use of SecurityGroup Tags(SGTs) and Security Group Access Control Lists (SGACLs)• Supports scalability to support a number of deployment scenarios from small office to large enterprise environments

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Network & Security Architect at Canac IT

The .1x authentication schema is the most valuable aspect of the solution. It makes it possible to have multiple policies and it can still adapt to us. We can authenticate and calculate our trajectory and so on. The policy is very easy to put in place. It's got to be easy due to the fact that we have more than 200,000 devices.

The implementation is very simple.

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PP
Owner at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

I like that Cisco ISE is easy to use.

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FA
Networks Lead Engineer at a mining and metals company with 1,001-5,000 employees

I'm very satisfied with the product. It has been excellent so far. 

From the performance perspective, it is excellent. The outcome is as expected, giving control to the network. 

There is good integration with third-party systems like antivirus patch management, MDM.

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Deputy Head of IT at a legal firm with 501-1,000 employees

The way we can trust this solution is the most valuable. We have no issue with this product. It is a competitive product. You need to have a very good and deep knowledge of the product to take the full benefits of all the features, but it is a good product.

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BH
Chief Technology Officer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

I have found that all of the features are valuable.

It is very easy to deploy because we are able to port users directly from Active Directory (AD) and LDAP.

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IT Manager at CMC

The most valuable features are the ability to retrieve information about Active Directory user names, viewing the log files to see which MAC address tried to connect with the created SSIDs, portal designing for your company, hotspot tools, and creating network rules for WiFi access.

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DR
Head Cyber Security at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

It's flexible and stable. It's been good as a standard environment to run.

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SN
Senior Manager at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

The most valuable feature is network access control for the users coming into the network, which allows us to know who is in the network at any given time.

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MB
Senior Solutions Manager at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The interconnection with the ecosystem and the ability to force rules all over the network are the most important features.

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SZ
Team Lead Network Infrastructure at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

The solution is stable.

We have found the product to be scalable.

The device administration is great. 

It offers very good integrations and can easily be integrated with mobile devices.

The product works well with StealthWatch.

It's quite an innovative product.

Typically, the installation is pretty simple.

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Project Manager at Projectnet

One of the most important features is the authentication security for the individual connection to the network through their computer or laptop. The solution is very complete overall.

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Technology Manager at Advanced Integrated Systems

I like the guest access feature, which has been important for us. The BYOD feature is also good. 

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Senior Infrastructure Consultant at Happiest Minds Technologies

The most valuable features are the NAC and the bundles that are available with Cisco ISE, such as Cisco ACS being integrated.

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SS
Deputy Manager at Convergent Wireless Communications

The most valuable features of this solution are guest authentication and stop authentication.

I felt that it was quite good and well suited for us.

Overall, the features and the product are quite good. 

It has all of the features available, in fact, more than what you need.

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EE
NOC Manager at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

We were originally a Cisco shop and Cisco ISE integrated well with our other Cisco switches and networks.

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AR
VP of IT at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

This product allows them to see the traffic that is going through the network.

It is stable and easy to use.

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Technical Solutions Architect at a wholesaler/distributor with 201-500 employees

The profiling model included is the most valuable feature.

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Casual Senior ICT Assistant at a educational organization with 1,001-5,000 employees

The most valuable feature is the ASDM - the user interface makes it very easy to configure the firewall.

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RD
Senior Network Administrator at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The WiFi portal in Cisco ISE is very useful for WiFi customers.

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DG
Sr.Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

The most valuable features are authentication, we have more granular control on the access policies for the administrators. The solution is easy to use, has a center point administration, and has a good GUI.

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AA
Network Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

The feature that I most like is that it can notify me whenever someone plugs in their device, which is not allowed. I get notifications for new laptop devices.

I think the user interface looks good compared to previous versions. 

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Learn what your peers think about Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine). Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: January 2022.
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