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"The biggest value of ISE is that it can get so granular with gaming systems, versus IoT and BYOD.""Using this solution gives us the ability to allow proper access to the network.""The features that do work, work well, and we use it on a daily basis.""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.""The solution cuts down on the repercussions of getting malware or ransomware.""The implementation is very simple.""The user experience of the solution is great. It's a very transparent system.""The most valuable feature is the integration with StealthWatch and DNA as one fabric."

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"When we started with RPA, there was a requirement that every credential and the bots themselves be protected through the PAM system. From the get-go, we've had CyberArk in the middle... We've got a pretty robust RPA implementation with our PAM platform. Users, bots, the credentials — everything is managed via our PAM solution.""Right off the bat, the most valuable feature is the DNA scan. It gives us the ability to scan our environment and find the accounts that we're going to need to take under control.""CyberArk is a very stable product and it's a stable product because it has a simple design and a simple architecture that allows you to leverage the economies of scale across the base of your infrastructure that you already have implemented. It doesn't really introduce any new complex pieces of infrastructure that would make it that much more difficult to scale.""CyberArk has been easy for us to implement and the adoption has been good. We've been able to standardize a bunch of things. We've been able to standardize relatively easily with the use of the platforms and managing the policies.""The risk of lost password and forbidden access to resources has been drastically reduced which increased the security level for the entire company,""The technical support is good.""The most valuable feature is Special Monitoring.""The Password Upload Utility tool makes it easier when setting up a Safe that contains multiple accounts and has cut down the amount of time that it takes to complete the task."

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"I'd like to see an easier way to upgrade to larger versions, as well as more best practices that are easier to locate on their support page.""There should be a single button that can be pressed to dismiss all of the alarms at once.""The interface is not very user-friendly and it is not simple to use.""The software is a little bit complicated to understand in the beginning, meaning the implementation. It needs proper documentation so that we can understand the options more easily.""The solution can lag somewhat as we have a large database.""The web interface needs improvement. The new web interface that they have is not as easy to manage and we find it to be very slow.""I'm working from China currently and the only real issue is that, within the country, there's some concern around Cisco and its ability to offer the solution for the long term. As the United States has banned the Huawei version in their country, we feel there may be retaliation in ours and Cisco will get banned as a countermeasure from the government. The future of Cisco in China is in question. Our local partners are worried about the situation.""The ISE software needs to be improved so that it is easier to administer."

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"The one place where we found that this product really needs to improve is the cloud. Simple integrations don't exist, even today. We don't have anything specific on CyberArk for managing, SaaS products, SaaS vendors, SaaS credentials. I understand it's a vendor-based thing and that they have to coordinate with the other vendors to be able to do that, and there are integrations coming. But these are the major places where CyberArk definitely needs to invest some more time.""It's a big program. To scale excessively, locally, on an on-prem application, takes a lot of servers.""CyberArk has to continue to evolve with that threat landscape to make sure that they're still protecting those credentials that are owned by those that have privileged accounts in the firms.""There is a bit of a learning curve, but it's a pretty complex solution.""It needs better documentation with more examples for the configuration files and API/REST integration""We found a lot of errors during the initial setup. They should work to improve the implementation experience and to remove errors from the process.""The authentication port is available in CyberArk Alero but not Fortinet products.""Currently, in Secure Connect, an end user is required to enter account information manually, and cannot save any of this information for future use."

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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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"I believe that this solution is priced well. It's the market leader and I think that it's the best solution.""Overall, its pricing is really good. The main difference from all the other vendors is that they have one package that covers all the functionality and modules of the basic PAM, except the add-on modules like adware and server protection. It also doesn't include the licenses for domain controller protection or maybe an API call-related feature. For the basic privileged access management, the bundle pricing is really good, but when it comes to an agent-based solution for advanced cyber protection or application identity managers, it is expensive. Services are also very expensive if you hire the services team from CyberArk, but these guys are really good. For a couple of large banking projects, we had an experience with them. The banks wanted to have things quickly and efficiently, so we had to hire them. If we take four weeks, these guys can do everything on a weekend. They charge quite a big sum of money, but they know the system well.""The price of this solution is quite reasonable.""The solution is very expensive and requires a license. We pay for an enterprise license.""Pricing is quite high and it could be improved.""They have two types of licensing: purchase and subscription. You have to pay for each admin user, such as Microsoft admin, mail admin, database admin, etc."

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Top Answer: The most valuable features are the NAC and the bundles that are available with Cisco ISE, such as Cisco ACS being integrated.
Top Answer: The price of the solution is price fair for the features you receive.
Top Answer: The solution infrastructure configuration is complicated to set up. They have improved over the years but there is still a lot of room to improve. When comparing the simplicity to other vendors, such… more »
Top Answer: Within the solution, I love the fact that everything is recorded. The configuration capabilities are great, too.
Top Answer: The price of this solution is quite reasonable.
Top Answer: Return on investment on over all product solution cost. especially hardware cost. when the licence increase due to jumpbox concept Hardware requirement also increase. secondly customisation duration… more »
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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.

CyberArk is the trusted expert in privileged access management and a global leader Identity Security. Designed from the ground up with a focus on security, CyberArk has developed a powerful, modular technology platform that provides the industry's most comprehensive Privileged Account Security Solution.

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Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is ranked 1st in Network Access Control (NAC) with 22 reviews while CyberArk Privileged Access Manager is ranked 1st in Privileged Access Management (PAM) with 15 reviews. Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is rated 7.8, while CyberArk Privileged Access Manager is rated 8.2. 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 CyberArk Privileged Access Manager writes "Provides simplicity and ease of implementation for the right level of security controls". Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is most compared with Aruba ClearPass, Forescout Platform, Fortinet FortiNAC, Fortinet FortiAuthenticator and Symantec Privileged Access Manager, whereas CyberArk Privileged Access Manager is most compared with BeyondTrust Endpoint Privilege Management, Thycotic Secret Server, Azure Active Directory, SailPoint IdentityIQ and WALLIX Bastion.

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