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"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.""It's flexible and stable. It's been good as a standard environment to run.""It is stable and easy to use.""When you push out the policy, it is able to populate the entire network at one time.""I have found that all of the features are valuable. It is very easy to deploy because we are able to port users directly from Active Directory (AD) and LDAP.""In terms of features, I think they've done a lot of improvement on the graphical user interface — it looks really good right now.""I like the guest access feature, which has been important for us.""The implementation is very simple."

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"This solution is very easy to implement and use. The interface is user-friendly.""The most valuable features are the ease of deployment and ease of use.""The most valuable features are usability and security.""Provides containment and security and and carries out file analysis for cyber theft.""Fortinet FortiNAC is both scalable and stable.""The most valuable features of the solution are the user-friendliness, the graphical interface, and the technical support. The interface is very nice and the customization is good.""Compliance checks are a good feature. Compliance check is for windows updates and for antivirus updates, etc."

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"The customer server was great but it would have been better for me if they had support in other languages such as Spanish.""The ISE software needs to be improved so that it is easier to administer.""I would like to see the product simplified more, especially with the configuration.""It is too complex. It should be easy to use. We are not such a big team. We only have three engineers to work with this, and we don't use all of the functionality of the product. Its range of functionality is too wide for us, and this is the reason why we are thinking of switching to a more simple product. We have shortlisted a Microsoft solution. We have a big footprint for Microsoft products, especially in security. As a global strategy, we try to leverage to the maximum what is possible around Microsoft.""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 solution can lag somewhat as we have a large database.""The solution is not so user-friendly.""Third-party integration is important, as well as the continuous adaptation feature which is the AIOps. It would be helpful to include the AIOps."

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"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.""The reporting capability needs to be improved.""The response and resolution time for technical support issues need to be improved.""For our organization and our clients, the price is the main concern. They should work to make it more competitive.""Admin UI could be better matched and easier to use; it cannot work as a RADIUS server.""This solution could be more agile.""The GUI is a little bit strange — different than other Fortinet products."

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"The technology is good, but to use some of the other features, and capabilities, they request that we purchase the Cisco DNA Center. As a result, the bundled price is a little high.""The price of Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is expensive and we are thinking about changing to FortiGate.""The price of the solution is price fair for the features you receive.""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.""I believe I have paid around $1,000 in licensing fees. The license is annual.""It would be beneficial to have a single license that included all of the features.""For the Avast virus scan, we pay around USD $95 per machine for five years which includes all updates and technical support.""The price is okay."

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"The pricing is similar to that of other solutions.""The licensing fees are a little bit high."

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Cisco ISE
FortiNAC, Bradford Networks, Bradford Networks Sentry, Network Sentry Family
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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.

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 University
Isavia, Pepperdine University, Medical University of South Carolina, Columbia University Medical Center, Utah Valley University
Top Industries
Comms Service Provider16%
Computer Software Company16%
Financial Services Firm8%
Comms Service Provider32%
Computer Software Company20%
Financial Services Firm5%
Financial Services Firm29%
Educational Organization14%
Manufacturing Company14%
Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company21%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise43%
Small Business16%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise64%
Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise29%
Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise53%
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Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is ranked 1st in Network Access Control (NAC) with 28 reviews while Fortinet FortiNAC is ranked 4th in Network Access Control (NAC) with 7 reviews. Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is rated 7.6, while Fortinet FortiNAC is rated 8.4. 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 Fortinet FortiNAC writes "Enhances the Security Fabric with visibility, control, and automated response for everything that connects to the network & protection against IoT threats extending control to third-party devices". Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is most compared with Aruba ClearPass, Forescout Platform, Fortinet FortiAuthenticator, CyberArk Privileged Access Manager and Portnox CORE, whereas Fortinet FortiNAC is most compared with Aruba ClearPass, Forescout Platform, Portnox CORE, Fortinet FortiClient and macmon Network Access Control. See our Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) vs. Fortinet FortiNAC report.

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