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"Typically, the installation is pretty simple.""The implementation is very simple.""It is stable and easy to use.""It has all of the features available, in fact, more than what you need.""In terms of features, I think they've done a lot of improvement on the graphical user interface — it looks really good right now.""The most valuable features are the NAC and the bundles that are available with Cisco ISE, such as Cisco ACS being integrated.""One of the most important features is the authentication security for the individual connection to the network through their computer or laptop.""The interconnection with the ecosystem and the ability to force rules all over the network are the most important features."

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"The ease of use is really nice. Using Authenticator, I've been able to actually work better on my authentication due to the fact that I have a single fabric to authenticate control from my firewall and on my access points. Authentication takes place from this area.""The most valuable features are the performance and ease of use.""It reduces the need for network administrator intervention by allowing the user to perform their own registration and resolve their own password problems and issues.""The initial setup is a valuable point on Fortinet products. Most of the time, putting the theory into practice on the devices is quite friendly and straightforward. As long as you can read English you can find your way around the solution and make it work. This is a high value point on Fortinet - the way everything is laid out in the web UI is user-friendly and quite straightforward. The UI is quite simple.""This is a scalable product.""Intuitive interface and easy to deploy.""The logs have great detail that make it easier to evaluate and control the security environment.""FortiAuthenticator is really good software that integrates very well with Fortinet products."

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Cons
"The support could be faster and the pricing could be reduced.""The solution can lag somewhat as we have a large database.""Cisco ISE could be simplified somewhat. I would also prefer certificate-based authentication over confirmation-based authentication for all the processes. It's possible for us to do a workaround, but the process needs to be simplified.""In an upcoming release, the solution needs to be more agentless and more independent. Additionally, there could be improved integration with other next-generation solutions, such as Palo Alto, Fortinet, or Check Point.""The user interface could be improved to make it more user-friendly.""The ISE software needs to be improved so that it is easier to administer.""Third-party integration is important, as well as the continuous adaptation feature which is the AIOps. It would be helpful to include the AIOps.""The customer server was great but it would have been better for me if they had support in other languages such as Spanish."

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"There are multiple areas that are in need of improvement. It is not a mature product.""It can not use SQL to query FortiAnalyzer directly.""I would like to see more ways to authenticate, such as adding facial recognition to the two-factor, where you log into your phone or another device.""We would like to see Linux-based operating systems be able to integrate with FortiAuthenticator to get two-factor authentication running on them. as well. This is a shortcoming that I have faced a few times already.""Integration with some other enterprise applications could be improved.""I would like to see integration and customization capabilities with the end-user portal to solve authentication issues with diverse implementation scenarios.""The solution could be more automated. It should be able to let me automate a lot of things so that what normally is done as a matter of manual processes can be handled quicker. Slow integrations can be taken up/out if there was more automation.""The only way the solution could be improved is if it were cheaper."

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  • "The SMARTnet technical support is available at an additional cost."
  • "For the Avast virus scan, we pay around USD $95 per machine for five years which includes all updates and technical support."
  • "The price for Cisco ISE is high."
  • "The price can be lower, especially for subscriptions. It should be a lot cheaper to have a wide range of customers. The price should be comparable to competitive products like Forescout or Fortinet FortiNAC. Forescout is cheaper for customers looking for a cloud solution."
  • "There are other cheaper options available."
  • "The price is okay."
  • "I think licensing costs roughly $2,000 a year. ISE is more expensive than Network Access Control."
  • "I think the price is okay."
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  • "The product could be more competitively priced."
  • "It costs more to license the high-availability option."
  • "The licensing structure is cost-effective for us compared to some of the other solutions that have recurring monthly costs."
  • "FAC is an affordable solution for Middle Range (200E/400E) and also needs a package of mobility agents (2,000) perpetual."
  • "The cost of the license could be less expensive. The license is paid on a yearly basis."
  • "We pay for licensing on a yearly basis."
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    The most valuable features are the performance and ease of use.
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    The cost of the license could be less expensive. The license is paid on a yearly basis.
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    Overview
    Identity Services Engine is a security policy management platform that automates and enforces context-aware security access to network resources. It delivers superior user and device visibility to support enterprise mobility experiences and to control access. It shares data with integrated partner solutions to accelerate their capabilities to identify, mitigate, and remediate threats.

    FortiAuthenticator user identity management appliances strengthen enterprise security by simplifying and centralizing the management and storage of user identity information.

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    Aegean Motorway, BC Hydro, Beachbody, Bucks County Intermediate Unit , Cisco IT, Derby City Council, Global Banking Customer, Gobierno de Castilla-La Mancha, Houston Methodist, Linz AG, London Hydro, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Molina Healthcare, MST Systems, New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Reykjavik University, Wildau University
    Black Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
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    Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is ranked 1st in Network Access Control (NAC) with 36 reviews while Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is ranked 2nd in Single Sign-On (SSO) with 8 reviews. Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is rated 7.6, while Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) writes "Streamlines security policy management and reduces operating costs". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Fortinet FortiAuthenticator writes "Easy to deploy with intuitive interface; integration with certain enterprise applications lacking". Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is most compared with Aruba ClearPass, Forescout Platform, Fortinet FortiNAC, CyberArk Privileged Access Manager and Portnox CORE, whereas Fortinet FortiAuthenticator is most compared with Fortinet FortiToken, Azure Active Directory, Duo Security, Okta Workforce Identity and Yubico YubiKey.

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