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"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."

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"The scalability of the system and the performance of the system and the solution's most valuable features.""What Sophos has done is integrate almost the entire OSI layer infrastructure. It gives me visibility across my infrastructure. It gives me visibility into all the mobile devices that are on my network and into the security I have on those mobile devices.""The solution offers very good visibility.""There is really good visibility for the appliance.""The user interface makes it easy to configure and use.""The wifi control is fantastic and makes it very easy to administer."

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"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."

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"The solution could increase the integration with other platforms or other systems. This would be very useful.""What needs to be improved on is the fact that Sophos consumes a lot of processor resources and, once it starts scanning, the RAM utilization is very high.""The solution could offer more useful documentation.""The difficult thing was finding the metrics.""I would like to be able to fully customize the reports.""I would like to see mobile administration capabilities in the next release so that we can administer the device from a mobile device."

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"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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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.
Sophos NAC Provides comprehensive, easy-to-deploy network access control that protects enterprise networks from the threats posed by non-compliant, compromised, or misconfigured endpoint computers. The software solution is vendor-neutral and works with existing network infrastructure and security applications. Computers are permitted or denied access to the network, based on a centrally defined, policy-driven assessment - and isolated, quarantined for remediation, automatically remediated, or sent alerts. Administrators can define and manage policies uniquely for managed and guest computers, including checking their security status and ensuring that no unwanted applications are run.
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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
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Comms Service Provider19%
Computer Software Company19%
Financial Services Firm12%
Comms Service Provider33%
Computer Software Company21%
Educational Organization4%
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company15%
Media Company7%
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Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise47%
Small Business9%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise74%
Small Business71%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise14%
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Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is ranked 1st in Network Access Control with 21 reviews while Sophos Network Access Control is ranked 5th in Network Access Control with 6 reviews. Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is rated 8.0, while Sophos Network Access Control is rated 8.6. 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 Sophos Network Access Control writes "Integrates endpoints and firewall: Endpoints missing a patch will be disconnected from the network". Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is most compared with Aruba ClearPass, Forescout Platform, Fortinet FortiNAC, Fortinet FortiAuthenticator and SailPoint IdentityIQ, whereas Sophos Network Access Control is most compared with Aruba ClearPass, ExtremeControl, Fortinet FortiNAC, Portnox CORE and Forescout Platform. See our Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) vs. Sophos Network Access Control report.

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