Compare Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) vs. FortiNAC

Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is ranked 1st in Network Access Control with 16 reviews while FortiNAC is ranked 5th in Network Access Control with 5 reviews. Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is rated 8.0, while FortiNAC is rated 6.6. 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 FortiNAC writes "The stability is relatively poor, as it has taken us roughly 12 months to get the network access control to be functional". Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is most compared with Aruba ClearPass, ForeScout CounterACT and CyberArk PAS, whereas FortiNAC is most compared with Aruba ClearPass, Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) and ForeScout CounterACT. See our Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) vs. FortiNAC report.
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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.

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The interface is good and simple to use.The initial setup was easy and straightforward.Compliance checks are a good feature. Compliance check is for windows updates and for antivirus updates, etc.The solution is good at giving a deep dive into each product. It tells you, for example, what is connected to the network. It gives us good reporting tools.When it works, it's great. It keeps things off the network which are supposed to be off the network.

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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.

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The course content could be improved, it's not that simple to work through.The dashboard needs to improve.The implementation process needs improvement. Right now, it's somewhat complicated. They could create some templates to facilitate implementation. Right now everything is done manually, and it just takes a really long time at the initial setup.I think the network devices need to give more information.The technical support is bad. We've had to escalate to Tier 2 and Tier 3. My customer relationship manager on the other side of this has stopped returning phone calls and emails, because there has been such a constant back and forth.

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

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It's a subscription-based license, which is based on the usage and number of concurrent users.

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Also Known As
Cisco ISEBradford Networks Sentry, Network Sentry Family
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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.

The proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, has made it necessary for organizations to improve their visibility into what is attached to their networks. They need to know every device and every user accessing their networks. IoT devices enable digital transformation initiatives and improve efficiency, flexibility, and optimization. However, they are inherently untrustworthy, with designs that prioritize low-cost over security. FortiNAC provides the network visibility to see everything connected to the network, as well as the ability to control those devices and users, including dynamic, automated responses.

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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 UniversityIsavia, Pepperdine University, Medical University of South Carolina, Columbia University Medical Center, Utah Valley University
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Comms Service Provider29%
Government21%
Energy/Utilities Company7%
Health, Wellness And Fitness Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company26%
Comms Service Provider19%
Manufacturing Company8%
Government7%
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm29%
K 12 Educational Company Or School14%
Government14%
University14%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Software R&D Company21%
Comms Service Provider13%
Financial Services Firm11%
Real Estate/Law Firm10%
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