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"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.""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.""The solution cuts down on the repercussions of getting malware or ransomware.""The implementation is very simple."

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"Word mining and risk campaigns are the most valuable features of this solution.""Out-of-the-box the product has a lot of opportunity for configuration and sophisticated identity management capability.""I like that it is easy to diagnose. It has a version of a virtual appliance so we can download it, run it, configure it, and it would take about 10 to 15 minutes to configure the cluster or so.""There are many valuable features within the solution. The product is easy to customize. It’s also highly secure.""It's a very useful tool that has improved our client's security, from day one.""Self-registration and self-service password management are valuable features. The role modeling feature is also very useful. It allows you to model your enterprise role."

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Cons
"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.""The software is a little bit complicated to understand in the beginning, meaning the implementation. It needs proper documentation so that we can understand the options more easily.""The solution can lag somewhat as we have a large database.""The web interface needs improvement. The new web interface that they have is not as easy to manage and we find it to be very slow."

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"In the next release, there should be provisioning of your certifications.""Although the capabilities are there, the user interface needs to be redesigned and the opportunities for integration should be improved.""They should easier and better integration with other software.""The directory has room for improvement. Also, the dashboards and, in particular, the KPI dashboard that shows the current user’s information needs reworking.""Integration capabilities with other solutions and formats, including JSON, could be improved.""They provide a framework to develop your own connectors. A connector is a piece of software that integrates with the solutions that are not a part of the support matrix. Currently, it is difficult to create these connectors in this solution. Other solutions, such as NetIQ Identity, provide a better way to create your own connector. Currently, there is no cloud version. It should have a cloud version."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The way we can trust this solution is the most valuable. We have no issue with this product. It is a competitive product. You need to have a very good and deep knowledge of the product to take the… more »
Top Answer: Its price is probably good if you use all of its features and functionalities to protect your environment. If you use only a part of the functionality, its price is too high. It is just a question of… more »
Top Answer: 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… more »
Top Answer: Self-registration and self-service password management are valuable features. The role modeling feature is also very useful. It allows you to model your enterprise role.
Top Answer: They provide a framework to develop your own connectors. A connector is a piece of software that integrates with the solutions that are not a part of the support matrix. Currently, it is difficult to… more »
Top Answer: We offer solutions to financial and government institutions. Symantec Identity Governance and Administration is a part of our security solutions. We use it to create users and assign them privileges.
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Also Known As
Cisco ISE
CA Identity Suite, Symantec IGA, Layer7 Identity Suite, CA Identity Manager (CA IDM), CA Identity Minder, CA IAM, CA Identity Manager (CA IDM), CA Identity Governance
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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 Symantec Identity Governance and Administration (formerly CA Identity Suite) provides comprehensive identity management and governance capabilities with a simple, intuitive user experience. This user experience can dramatically simplify processes such as user access requests and access certifications, resulting in improved productivity and user satisfaction. In addition, the Symantec Identity Governance and Administration performs risk analysis and certification and enables remediation actions in real-time during the access provisioning steps, thereby improving audit performance and risk posture with preventive policy enforcement.

While providing these business and governance-centric capabilities for business users, the Symantec Identity Governance and Administration also delivers core enterprise-grade identity management and governance capabilities, including broad provisioning support for on-premise and cloud apps, extensibility and flexibility to integrate with other IT systems and consumer-grade scale. This means organizations are not forced to choose between usability and performance. With the Symantec Identity Governance and Administration, they can have both.

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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 Firm11%
Manufacturing Company11%
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Comms Service Provider33%
Computer Software Company20%
Government7%
Educational Organization4%
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Financial Services Firm32%
Healthcare Company19%
Insurance Company11%
Hospitality Company5%
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Computer Software Company33%
Comms Service Provider18%
Government8%
Educational Organization7%
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Small Business30%
Midsize Enterprise23%
Large Enterprise46%
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Small Business12%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise70%
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Small Business25%
Midsize Enterprise7%
Large Enterprise67%
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Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is ranked 1st in Network Access Control with 20 reviews while Symantec Identity Governance and Administration is ranked 5th in Identity Management (IM) with 6 reviews. Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is rated 7.8, while Symantec Identity Governance and Administration is rated 7.8. 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 Symantec Identity Governance and Administration writes "Offers out-of-the-box connectors that have a lot of opportunities for configuration". Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is most compared with Aruba ClearPass, Forescout Platform, Fortinet FortiNAC, Fortinet FortiAuthenticator and CyberArk Privileged Access Security, whereas Symantec Identity Governance and Administration is most compared with SailPoint IdentityIQ, Oracle Identity Governance, Microsoft Identity Manager, Omada Identity and CyberArk Privileged Access Security.

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