Full fledged network authentication solution
Updated November 03, 2020

Full fledged network authentication solution

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)

Cisco Identity Services Engine segments our employees from our students through 802.1x authentication. Both on the wired and wireless network, with both PEAP and EAP-TLS authentication. We also provide Guest WiFi access through ISE, which is very useful for guest lectureres or any other visitors. Cisco ISE provides us a highly scalable and centrally manageable solution, providing us with a lot of insight regarding clients connected to our network.
  • Endpoint profiling.
  • Scalability.
  • Flexibility.
  • Visibility.
  • Interface could use an update.
  • Licensing/cost.
  • Authenticate all our users over different sites.
  • Improve network security, by letting us know who is connected where and at what time.
For us the solution is very easily useable on its own. Perhaps that has to do because we started using ISE in the 1.2 days and have seen it grow during the years. Policy creation, etc. is all very visible and thus easy to use. Deployment of multiple nodes is also incredibly easy and flexible. You can easily add or remove nodes as you wish.
We usually see very little issues, but when we do our support partner usually makes contact with TAC in order to get us going again. We usually see frequent patches in the works for ISE.

Do you think Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)'s feature set?

Yes

Did Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) again?

Yes

If you really want to do advanced authentication with profiling, posturing, etc. ISE really is a great solution. However, if you are looking for a very basic authentication solution with no further visiblity or authentication flows, cheaper solutions are available from many different vendors. Although I have only experienced Microsoft Network Policy Server as another solution, I must say that ISE is easier to troubleshoot endpoint problems and have more visibility all around.