Cisco Identity Services Engine: NAC Product Overview and Insight

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Company Description

Cisco began as a networking giant several decades back, then became a major player in storage before moving into other areas of IT including security. It trades on NASDAQ as CSCO.

Product Description

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) is said to help IT gain awareness of everything hitting your network, provide detailed visibility into every point of access, control access from one place (wired, wireless, and VPN connections), set policy, and stop and contain threats.


An agent is deployed on Mac, Windows, Android, and Linux (CentOs and RedHat) for laptops/desktops, Windows Server, Linux Server, smartphones and tablets.

Markets and Use Cases

It is especially strong in banking, finance, government, healthcare, education, retail, and manufacturing.

Applicable Metric

ISE can scale to up to 500,000 concurrent sessions and up to 1.5 million endpoints per deployment.

Security Qualifications



Adaptive intelligence engines, automation for detection and response, and machine learning are used as part of NAC.


Physical and virtual appliances are based on the Cisco UCS C220 server and configured to support ISE.


Pricing is dependent on a subscription term of 1, 3, or 5 years, and then based on a tiered model of # of points protected.

Drew Robb
Drew Robb
Drew Robb has been a full-time professional writer and editor for more than twenty years. He currently works freelance for a number of IT publications, including ServerWatch and CIO Insight. He is also the editor-in-chief of an international engineering magazine.

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