Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) Competitors and Alternatives

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reviewer1348911
Sr. Network Engineer at William Blair & Company
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
May 13, 2020
Monitors network access globally and improves overall security while reducing risk

What is our primary use case?

To be able to improve security within our network. We needed Network Access Control (NAC). As such, we reviewed the available vendors who could provide this service to us and selected the Forescout CounterACT (CA) product primarily because we needed to be able to position the product in several regional locations. At the same time, we managed and controlled it locally and dynamically where we have it responding to a single control center. While we have implemented today strictly for wireless access, we will be extending that to include wired access in the future.

Pros and Cons

  • "Forescout CounterACT has allowed us to better open our access and control wireless access globally from our HQ. This allows us to monitor the network access for every office globally. This has improved overall security, reducing risk and opening up the opportunity to provide greater end user flexibility."
  • "More detailed analysis during the authentication process, especially for troubleshooting access issues. We have found that troubleshooting RADIUS controls is quite arduous, as it is today. A trace function could easily resolve this by providing a means by which access issues from a certificate to passwords or accounts could easily be identified and remediated."
Ahmed Mahmoud
Technology Consultant Team Head at Ignite Solutions
Consultant
Top 5
Apr 28, 2020
User-friendly and easy to implement

What is our primary use case?

We are a solution provider and this is one of the products that we implement for our customers. It is used as part of the network security and protects our clients.

Pros and Cons

  • "This solution is very easy to implement and use. The interface is user-friendly."
  • "The reporting capability needs to be improved."

What other advice do I have?

I try to push the use of this product because sometimes, the complicated solutions like Cisco ISE sometimes make the customers feel annoyed. My advice to anybody who is considering this solution is that if the budget allows it, the entire security solution should be made up of Fortinet products. They integrate well and it will be better overall. A complete and secure solution will include products like FortiSandbox and FortiAnalyzer as well. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
reviewer1409682
Assistant Lead Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Sep 23, 2020
Straightforward to deploy, easy to use, and the support is quick

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use is network access control at the endpoints.

Pros and Cons

  • "The interface is very easy to use and the workflow is quite straightforward."
  • "The licensing model could be improved."

What other advice do I have?

Overall, this is a good product and I can recommend it. There is really nothing bad that I can say about it, although I do think that they should work on changing the licensing model. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
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