Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) vs SailPoint Identity Security Cloud comparison


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Categories and Ranking

Cisco ISE (Identity Service...
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Ranking in other categories
Network Access Control (NAC) (1st), Cisco Security Portfolio (1st)
SailPoint Identity Security...
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Number of Reviews
Ranking in other categories
User Provisioning Software (1st), Identity Management (IM) (2nd), Identity and Access Management as a Service (IDaaS) (IAMaaS) (3rd), Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM) (1st)

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the Network Access Control (NAC) category, the mindshare of Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is 26.7%, down from 31.5% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of SailPoint Identity Security Cloud is 0.9%, up from 0.7% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Network Access Control (NAC)
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Identity Management (IM)

Featured Reviews

Junaid Shaikh - PeerSpot reviewer
May 3, 2024
Used in-house for phone profiling and for users' computer authentication needs
The initial setup is straightforward. They are very easy to manage and not complicated at all. We have received all our files from the client and deployed them. Currently, we are using single active nodes. We have one Primary Admin Node, which is active, and one Policy Service Node. We don't have a secondary admin node for administrative purposes. We have an active operational node. The deployment is pretty simple. You download the file from Cisco, import it into your Cisco ISE, and follow the prompts to set it up based on your requirements, including IPs, basic security needs, DNS servers, etc. Once the initial setup is complete, you can begin creating policies.
Mar 4, 2024
Manage certifications and reduce the workload for certification processes
The benefit of using SailPoint IdentityIQ is that it significantly reduces the workload for certification processes. Before implementing IdentityIQ, the corporation relied heavily on manual methods to gather accounts and permissions for review. Each host machine had to be checked manually to ensure account collection accuracy, followed by manually identifying accounts for certification. This entire process was labor-intensive, with human involvement at every step. It took about a month to gather notification data and initiate the certification process. Tracking the status of certifications was challenging since it was managed through Excel, making it difficult to determine completion percentages. Once all certifications were completed, SailPoint shifted through Excel sheets to finalize reports. With IdentityIQ, the process is streamlined, reducing the time required for certification, and it also has an automated aggregation of accounts, assets, and groups. There's no opportunity for human error or intentional concealment of accounts, enhancing security.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"From a configuration point of view, it's simple."
"It does a good job of establishing trust for each access request, no matter the source. It's also very effective at helping with the distributed network and at securing access."
"The most important feature for us is visibility in terms of user connections. It's the ability to see what devices are online for a particular user that helps a lot with our troubleshooting."
"They provide you multiple ways to achieve security, not only on-prem, but also when you have remote and guest workers. Especially post-pandemic, a lot of our customers have remote workers. So, it has been really helpful."
"The solution cuts down on the repercussions of getting malware or ransomware."
"I love the policy sets, they are really nice and dynamic."
"Assisting a larger number of users in gaining access and guiding them through the process of getting on Cisco ISE has been seamless."
"Being able to authenticate wired users through 802.1X is valuable as it enhances our security."
"The basic concept is most valuable. I like how they have designed the solution. They create an Identity Cube, and then they do all the processes and configuration around the Identity Cube."
"SailPoint has allowed us to ensure the right people have the right access and to the rights things."
"Has a great certification module with intuitive options."
"I like IdentityIQ's granular attachment management and certification customization features."
"This solution has improved our organization through its ease of application onboarding, approvals, provisioning, and lifecycle UI performance."
"It is simple and easy to implement."
"It significantly reduces the workload for certification processes."
"Great product to manage the access control of users."


"If I was going to improve anything, it would be the ease of migration. It's really difficult at the moment if you're looking to upgrade ISE 2.1 and you want to go to ISE 3.1 or 3.2, that whole upgrade path and, particularly, the licensing is quite a minefield to sort out."
"It does a good job of establishing trust for every access request. We have had a little bit of a challenge with profiling, but we are probably about 80% there."
"On the network services devices, when you click on filter, the filter comes up. However, when I type in a search and I want to click on something it defaults back to the main page. I keep having an issue with that, and I'm not doing anything wrong."
"They should improve the documentation. There tends to be a lot of old text, or the new things aren't always up to what's been released on the code, and sometimes the documentation is inconsistent."
"Some of the reporting could be improved."
"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..."
"The solution can lag somewhat as we have a large database."
"The intuitiveness of the user interface could be improved."
"Some setups should be done in the interface and in the code, and could be made simpler."
"If you compare Saviynt and Okta Workforce Identity versus SailPoint IdentityIQ, SailPoint IdentityIQ needs to improve its UI."
"We faced some issues while integrating the solution with a third-party tool."
"The connectors are far too manual. This needs to be automated a bit."
"Compared to at least one other product some of the administrative tasks could be easier or more intuitive."
"Scalability is hard, especially when you are doing it in real time."
"SailPoint IdentityIQ has a primitive AI engine."
"I think that the onboarding framework could be improved."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"Previously, Cisco ISE had a perpetual licensing model, but now they have shifted to a subscription-based licensing system."
"It is fair."
"Hardware appliances are expensive...Now moving to DNA-styled licensing, we have subscription-based licensing for everything. I hope it will continue to be fair, but we will have to wait and see."
"The pricing is fair for what it does."
"The solution is not that cheap."
"It has a fair price. It is better than it was before."
"I don't know too much about the actual pricing on it. The licensing part is pretty straightforward. It's a lot more simple than some of the other Cisco licensing models. In that aspect, it's great."
"The licensing can be confusing, but it is still pretty good."
"SailPoint is higher in price as compared to Saviynt. The initial cost of SailPoint is very high. There are additional costs to the standard licensing fees."
"This is an expensive solution. I would rate it a two and a half out of five for pricing."
"You do pay one price for the license but that price depends on what you choose to include as far as the optional modules go."
"I rate the solution a seven on a scale where one is cheap and ten is too expensive. In short, the solution falls under the higher side of pricing."
"SailPoint is expensive compared to its competitors. It's one of the most expensive products, so I'd rate it as one out of five, cost-wise."
"I found the pricing to be relatively high."
"It is affordable licensing."
"It's all competitive. Initially, the prices look a bit higher, but once it gets into a competitive situation, they meet the market. I'd rate it an eight out of ten in terms of pricing. It tends to be more expensive, but it works."
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What do you like most about SailPoint IdentityIQ?
The first valuable feature of the solution is its interface. The second feature of the solution is the level of flexibility it provides.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for SailPoint IdentityIQ?
The product is expensive. People need to opt for a licensing plan for one year or three years.

Also Known As

Cisco ISE
IdentityIQ, IdentityNow, Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management

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