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"I like the guest access feature, which has been important for us.""The WiFi portal in Cisco ISE is very useful for WiFi customers.""So far, we have had no issues with the stability.""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.""It has all of the features available, in fact, more than what you need.""The most valuable feature is the ASDM - the user interface makes it very easy to configure the firewall.""The features that do work, work well, and we use it on a daily basis.""The interconnection with the ecosystem and the ability to force rules all over the network are the most important features."

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"Comprehensive coverage of the required features for the PAM solution."

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"The solution could be more secure.""It is a good product, but in order to use all of the functions of the product, you must have a good understanding of the product. You must know how to use and manage it. It is a little bit complicated to configure and manage. It must be simplified to make it easy to manage for end users. In the initial stage, we found ISE complicated for end users. It was not easy to manage it or to write authentication and authorization protocol. They must improve its management and make it easy for end users. The monitoring and reporting capabilities can be improved because end users want to quickly see what is happening in their network. There were some restrictions in working with other vendors. It should also have a better and easy integration with other vendors.""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 installation is not straightforward, it took us approximately one month.""The interface could be more user-friendly and the ability to apply rules to MAC addresses, for example, if I wanted to allow a certain MAC address access at a particular time I cannot make this adjustment.""Deploying to a machine, as opposed to a dedicated appliance, can be a bit difficult.""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.""Segmentation can be improved."

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"The management console could be improved."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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    CA PAM, Xceedium Xsuite, CA Privileged Access Manager
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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.

    CA Privileged Access Manager is a simple-to-deploy, automated, proven solution for privileged access management in physical, virtual and cloud environments. It enhances security by protecting sensitive administrative credentials such as root and administrator passwords, controlling privileged user access, proactively enforcing policies and monitoring and recording privileged user activity across all IT resources.  It includes CA PAM Server Control (previously CA Privileged Identity Manager) for fine-grained protection of critical servers

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    Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is ranked 1st in Network Access Control (NAC) with 36 reviews while Symantec Privileged Access Manager is ranked 10th in Privileged Access Management (PAM) with 1 review. Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is rated 7.6, while Symantec Privileged Access Manager is rated 0.0. 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 Symantec Privileged Access Manager writes "Great features that provide comprehensive coverage of what's required for the PAM solution". Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is most compared with Aruba ClearPass, Forescout Platform, Fortinet FortiNAC, CyberArk Privileged Access Manager and Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security, whereas Symantec Privileged Access Manager is most compared with CyberArk Privileged Access Manager, ARCON Privileged Access Management, BeyondTrust Endpoint Privilege Management, ForgeRock and BeyondTrust Privileged Remote Access.

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