Compare Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) vs. FortiAuthenticator

Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is ranked 1st in Network Access Control with 16 reviews while FortiAuthenticator is ranked 4th in Single Sign-On (SSO) with 9 reviews. Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is rated 8.0, while FortiAuthenticator is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) writes "All devices have multifactor authentication in collaboration with IT which secures access to all our devices". On the other hand, the top reviewer of FortiAuthenticator writes "Cost-effective and users can be securely managed by adopting it". Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is most compared with Aruba ClearPass, ForeScout CounterACT and CyberArk PAS, whereas FortiAuthenticator is most compared with Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), Okta and Fortinet FortiToken.
Cancel
You must select at least 2 products to compare!
Most Helpful Review
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco, Aruba Networks, ForeScout and others in Network Access Control. Updated: November 2019.
384,147 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Quotes From Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:

Pros
Using this solution gives us the ability to allow proper access to the network.The biggest value of ISE is that it can get so granular with gaming systems, versus IoT and BYOD.Easy to use and provides good supportThe best feature of the Cisco ISE platform is that it is compatible with Microsoft products.We found that the most valuable features associated with this tool are posture assessment, policy management, VLAN assignments, guest assignment, and BYOD services. In addition to these services, the Cisco IOS software switch configuration feature is another very valuable aspect of the policy and compliance solution.In terms of scalability, you need to factor in your licenses. With a virtual platform, the scalability is more than sufficient. We have over one thousand users.Visitors can be granted access to the wifi network using their cellphones, notebooks or tablets in a very easy way. The ease of accessibility that anyone can have to the network is very quick and is a big improvement in our network.For guests we give them limited access to the internet when they come in so that access has been useful. Previously, we just used to give them the APN key which they would leave with. Now, we give them credentials to use that are for a limited period of time.

Read more »

We use this product for SSL two-factor authentication and FortiToken management.For someone concerned with multifactor authentication, I'm satisfied with the product.The solution is easy to learn and makes it easy for our users to add FortiToken. It's very easy to integrate if you have other Fortinet devices.The solution's most valuable aspect is that it easy to install. The user experience is very good.The initial setup is so easy and there is no problem in the implementation.The feature I value the most is the one-time passwords because it helps to authenticate users so you know the timing of their usage.FortiAuthenticator is a very good solution. It is all jury-based. FortiAuthenticator is very easy for anyone to understand how it works and be able to take action.It keeps track of users and their IPs no matter where they are in the network. When users roam, we don't have to worry about not mapping them to an IP.

Read more »

Cons
There should be a single button that can be pressed to dismiss all of the alarms at once.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.An area that could be improved is the agent. The challenge now is that agent and most of the computers have changed. They could think about agent-less deployment.Cisco ISE is complex. The deployment and design of networks with it is so complex. If it could change it would be better.There are issues with respect to the posture assessment function. It's been observed that customers are not receiving total access to the network because the assessment agent is glitchy and malfunctions from time-to-time. I would like to see refining of the compliance assessment and adding more detailed compliance of endpoints on the user end.There can be a little bit more integration between the controller management and ISE. There are two dashboards, you have the controller dashboards, and you have the ISE dashboard it would is a way to maybe integrate that into one. That would be great. It's not that bad. It would be easier if it could be combined into one dashboard.There should be an easier way to do the upgrades. There are a lot of steps to get to the next version from the previous version which ends up being a bit of the headache with the upgrade.In order to make it a ten, it should be more user-friendly. You need somebody who is knowledgeable about it to use it. It's not easy to use. We have to rely heavily on technical support.

Read more »

It does the job I paid for, but the graphical interface could be improved.No SMS gateway from the ISPWe have issues with HA (high availability). These should be addressed in future releases.The hardware aspect of the solution could be improved. We are not really able to understand the hardware capabilities of the device.If you want some other FortiAuthenticator from one site to another site, you should have requirements, but really if you have authentication and directory or another solution, you should change the password of the authenticator between the solution and the directory and other things. So transfer of data and other information should be simpler.I don't have any issues with this solution, but it may need a better, more user-friendly interface or better design of the platform.Other features that would improve the product are a single sign-on where people can use their Gmail ID to log-in, etc.The GUI is on the older side but I'm sure that it will be upgraded soon. It works, but it looks a little dated.

Read more »

Pricing and Cost Advice
If you go directly with Cisco for the implementation it's very, very expensive.

Read more »

You can pay as you go with them. You purchase a base license and add to it as needed.

Read more »

report
Use our free recommendation engine to learn which Network Access Control solutions are best for your needs.
384,147 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Ranking
1st
Views
26,273
Comparisons
17,913
Reviews
13
Average Words per Review
367
Avg. Rating
8.0
4th
Views
5,732
Comparisons
3,565
Reviews
8
Average Words per Review
404
Avg. Rating
8.4
Top Comparisons
Compared 15% of the time.
Also Known As
Cisco ISE
Learn
Cisco
Fortinet
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.

FortiAuthenticator user identity management appliances strengthen enterprise security by simplifying and centralizing the management and storage of user identity information.

Offer
Learn more about Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine)
Learn more about FortiAuthenticator
Sample Customers
Aegean Motorway, BC Hydro, Beachbody, Bucks County Intermediate Unit , Cisco IT, Derby City Council, Global Banking Customer, Gobierno de Castilla-La Mancha, Houston Methodist, Linz AG, London Hydro, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Molina Healthcare, MST Systems, New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Reykjavik University, Wildau UniversityBlack Gold Regional Schools, Amadeus Hospitality, Jefferson County, Chunghwa Telecom, City of Boroondara, Dimension Data
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider29%
Government21%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
Health, Wellness And Fitness Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company25%
Comms Service Provider18%
Manufacturing Company8%
Government7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company29%
Comms Service Provider25%
Wholesaler/Distributor10%
Transportation Company6%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco, Aruba Networks, ForeScout and others in Network Access Control. Updated: November 2019.
384,147 professionals have used our research since 2012.
We monitor all Network Access Control reviews to prevent fraudulent reviews and keep review quality high. We do not post reviews by company employees or direct competitors. We validate each review for authenticity via cross-reference with LinkedIn, and personal follow-up with the reviewer when necessary.
Sign Up with Email