HassanAyoubTechnology Manager at Advanced Integrated Systems
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"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."
"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."
"The best feature of the Cisco ISE platform is that it is compatible with Microsoft products."
"Easy to use and provides good support"
"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."
"This is a self-sufficient network monitoring and security product that saves time and employee resources."
"The minute people have issues on their network, we can see what is happening right away."
"There is an add-on feature for application control to kill unwanted applications when launched on a user's device."
"For the information security team, the security level was improved because it helped to manage and prevent rogue devices from connecting to the corporate network. The reporting was granular, and reports we scheduled for delivery on Portnox were useful during investigations and audits, especially in cases where the IP address changed."
"It's so easy to set up, you don't need outside assistance."
"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."
"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 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."
"Cisco ISE is complex. The deployment and design of networks with it is so complex. If it could change it would be better."
"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."
"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."
"It might be beneficial to improve the ease of integrating the product with firewalls."
"The licensing is based on a per-port price, even when you are not using all of the ports, and this is something that could be improved."
"Portnox CORE can improve on support for unmanaged switches (or hubs) and other brands of network devices. These kinds of devices are still in use in organisations, especially SMEs who cannot afford to buy a managed switch."
"Now, the way security is viewed, maybe including something like AI, to automate some of the things that are required to be done would be great."
"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."
"Pricing is not cheap. It is based on licenses per port. After licensing is purchased, you only pay for support."
"We pay for port licensing and support on a yearly basis, and it's not cheap."
"The vendor price is fair."
"The licensing module should be reviewed to count the number of devices instead of port numbers of total switches. There is a case for this where not all ports for a switch are used by devices. Unused ports are calculated in the license, then the customer pays for license for those unused ports."
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Portnox CORE provides 100% actionable visibility and control of all devices that are connected to the enterprise network. As a software-based Network Access Management (NAM) platform, Portnox CORE’s patented solution allows for efficient management of the security and compliance challenges that organizations face in a smart and simple way.
Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is ranked 1st in Network Access Control with 22 reviews while Portnox CORE is ranked 6th in Network Access Control with 4 reviews. Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is rated 7.8, while Portnox CORE is rated 9.6. The top reviewer of Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) writes "Good posturing, good integration, and excellent technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Portnox CORE writes "Provides us a good view of what's happening on the network and enables us to take action proactively". Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is most compared with Aruba ClearPass, Forescout Platform, Fortinet FortiNAC, Fortinet FortiAuthenticator and One Identity Manager, whereas Portnox CORE is most compared with Fortinet FortiNAC, Forescout Platform, Aruba ClearPass, Portnox Clear and Sophos Network Access Control. See our Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) vs. Portnox CORE report.
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