Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE). What to look out for
Cisco is one of the leading network systems providers with products that are found in businesses large and small across the globe, they have an enviable reputation for both reliability and innovation. One of their most popular products is the ISE or Identity Services Engine. So, what is it and how does it help businesses streamline their networks and also stay secure? Permissions are important in any business, who gets access to what data and protecting that is essential as is being able to update that and supply such elements as guest access quickly, adding new devices or providing secure internet access are things most businesses require. With the proliferation of mobile devices and remote access providing a network that is safe, flexible and stable is the new challenge for network and enterprise computing.
ISE is a next-generation identity and access control policy platform that provides a single policy level across a whole business comprising multiple services, including authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) using 802.1x, MAB, web authentication, posture, profiling, device onboarding, guest services, and VPN access into a single context-aware identity-based platform.In other words, ISE is a network administration product that enables the creation and enforcement of security and access policies for endpoint devices connected to the company’s routers and switches. The purpose is to simplify identity management across diverse devices and applications.
Identity management is one of the most important security concerns for most businesses considering that a multitude of end-point devices may be present in a company. With many employees accessing company networks on tablets, mobiles and laptops, differing access and authorisation levels may be needed not just for that one employee, but for their different devices. ISE works flexibly so that access can be changed easily and quickly and has evolved to tackle the challenges of the highly mobile business networks that we now have.For example, ISE can simplify guest access making it easier to onboard guest access and to administer what that device can see. ISE has easily-customizable, branded mobile and desktop guest portals which can create access in just minutes and dynamic visual workflows that let you fully manage every aspect of guest access. This is a definite plus when you have clients who come in for a meeting or a contractor who might be employed on-site for a longer period, each person has defined access to what they need, easily and quickly for as long as they need it.
ISE also has centralised network access policy management which means whatever way anyone in your company connects, wired, wireless or VPN you can provide highly secure access and remain in control at all times. ISE provides better visibility of devices and more accurate device identification, meaning you know at all times which devices are accessing the network. ISE’s device profiling and zero-day device profile feed service provide updated profiles for the latest devices. Combined, these two features help reduce the number of unknown endpoints (and potential threats) on your network.With support for 250,000 active, concurrent endpoints, and up to 1,000,000 registered devices, ISE can handle networks for any size of business from the SME to the multinational.
As part of managed IT services, flexible and secure network management tools such as ISE offer clients a way to access the latest mobile technology and be flexible in business IT practice. Cisco Systems is one of Tecsenza’s trusted suppliers and with a world-class reputation we are proud to offer ISE and other Cisco products, secure in the knowledge that they help us to provide a world-class service to our customers.