Director of Global Technology Infrastructure at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
ForeScout vs. Cisco ISE
We are currently evaluating ForeScout and ISE and one of the areas we are not 100% sure about is the ability to centrally manage and authenticate wireless access across multiple remote locations with local internet connectivity. Our wireless currently sits outside the corporate network for PCI compliance purposes and we have a good handle on how the ISE architecture would look for this but would like more info around how ForeScout handles from a real user.
I work as an IT Network Manager at a Financial Services firm.
We have begun using EnGenius switches at smaller sites replacing typical Catalyst 36xx switches and Cisco Wireless Controllers.
Can you share any good or bad experiences in deploying 802.1X with EnGenius devices (switches and WAPs) with Cisco ISE 2.1 AD integrated?
*We are not 802.1X- enabled yet.
Cisco ISE uses AI endpoint analytics to identify new devices based on their behavior. It will also notify you if someone plugs in with a device that is not allowed and will block it. The user experience is intuitive, supportive, and, once learned, easy to use. This is a very stable and flexible product overall. This solution works well with many different cloud options.
Cisco ISE can be complex and complicated to deploy and use. You have to have a lot of understanding of the product to use all of the functions successfully. The end-user interface is complicated and not user-friendly. We also found that this solution can be slow and a bit buggy at times.
Fortinet FortiNac’s interface is very user-friendly, stable, and scales easily. But its setup and deployment was slow and complex - everything needed to be done manually. It would be good if they developed some templates to improve the setup process. Currently, it just takes too long. If your organization is very large, it is not very feasible. The dashboard could be more user friendly and the reporting capability should be better. We also found this solution to be on the expensive side.
Both of these products have excellent scalability and are very stable. They provide solid endpoint user security and work well with mobiles, gadgets, laptops, etc. Cisco can be very expensive and complex to use - it is best for larger, enterprise-level organizations with a Cisco-trained tech team.
Fortinet Fortigate is very user friendly, flexible and agile. It is simple to use and manage and it’s very good for smaller to mid-level organizations, and can do well for larger enterprise organizations as well.
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