Cisco ISE: A must-have tool to protect your network from outside threats!

Cyber threats are hitting the headlines. To combat these attacks, one needs to be proactive rather than responding to it. However, today’s workplace has changed a lot. Trends like IoT (Internet of Things), mobility, and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) are changing the way we work. Employees prefer to work on their personal devices, and they need access to their work resources outside the office premise.

Though it helps teams to achieve high productivity levels, it also creates a new challenge for enterprises by making the attack surface larger, thus making their IT more vulnerable.

Challenge

The IT admins lack visibility & control over their network- who is accessing their network? What kind of device is connected to the network? Is it a smartphone, tablet, etc.? What are they accessing? And from where are they accessing?

IT admins are in the critical situation where they cannot compromise their IT, and at the same time, they need to provide secure network access to the users and devices all the time. This kind of modern workplace requires modern approaches to protect their IT assets from outside threats. One such thing that saves enterprise IT from the growing threats is Cisco ISE (Identity Service Engine).

Cisco ISE is an Identity & Access Management control device. With Cisco ISE, you can ensure that the right person accesses the right resources at the right time with the right device.

Get dynamic control over your network with Cisco ISE. Let’s see how.

1. Define policies accurately: Provide highly secure network access to your users and devices.

Cisco ISE, integrated to wide network resources, collects contextual data (including all the attributes like time, location, access type, etc.) about each user. With this rich contextual data, you can enforce a single, unified access policy based on the user’s business role. Whether a user accesses to the network through wired, wireless, or VPN, they will get access to their resources properly. As the policies are based on the business roles, wherever the user is, it doesn’t matter, they can get access to their essential work resources.

2. Greater visibility

To protect your network from threats, you must have through visibility into your network. Cisco ISE gives you the visibility you need to prevent threats from entering into your network. ISE, with its intuitive interface, provides high visibility into who and what is on the network, what kind of application they are accessing, and much more.

3. Centralized Management

Define, Control, and Manage policies- all in a centralized way.

Cisco ISE now makes it easy & hassle-free to define, control & manage policies across the network & security infrastructure.

Cisco ISE helps you centrally define policies for guest users. It also differentiates guest users and other registered user & devices.

With Cisco ISE, as a super admin, you can also view if any changes have been made in the policies and who made it.

Managing network devices like Switches, Firewall, and Routers have never been easier. Cisco ISE greatly reduces the time spent on IT operations by 80% and increases the time to implement changes by 98%

4. Robust Guest Experiences

Today, users & guests connect to the networks by using different technologies.

Be it a coffee-shop hotspot or hotel Wi-Fi. Cisco ISE allows users & guests to get connected to the network with multiple levels of access to ensure high protection levels. It lets you create highly- customizable guest portals in five minutes. With dynamic visual tools, you can also view the real-time guest portal, and the experience the guest has while connected to the network.

5. Self- service onboarding

With this easy-to-use tool, users can manage their devices based on their business policies defined by their IT administrators. Easy onboarding process helps users to get their devices connected to the network.

6. Identify & mitigate threats rapidly

Cisco ISE can collect the contextual data of all the connected devices & users. It shares the details with the other integrated technology partners. A typical situation is like this: Cisco ISE also checks for security updates. Whenever a device connects to the network, Cisco ISE checks antivirus and windows server updates. If it detects unpatched devices, it will automatically isolate the device from others, and place it in the quarantine (until the device get remediated). With this deep contextual data, you can identify, contain and remediate threats faster than ever.