First look: Cisco Identity Services Engine

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Cisco's new Identity Services Engine allows IT administrators to define and enforce security and access privilege policies on endpoints connected to Cisco switches and routers. Let's take a look.

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On this screen, ISE is displaying utilization and latency characteristics of endpoints, number of authenticated endpoints and other policy compliance parameters.

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An alarm panel can be scrolled up from the bottom of the ISE screen to show the affected endpoint (filtered by name), severity of the alarm and its root cause.

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"Live" authentications can also be tabulated and displayed, showing the status of the authentication undefined pass or fail undefined of each endpoint. This information can also be filtered by endpoint name.

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In addition to defining custom policies for workplace endpoints, ISE also features built-in policies for many common Cisco and non-Cisco devices, such as Android smartphones, BlackBerries, Apple iPads, iPods and iPhones, Aruba wireless access points and Avaya IP phones.

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ISE costs $9,900 is available later this month. It supports Cisco's range of enterprise Catalyst switches, and the ISR G2 and ASR 1000 routers. It will go up against policy managers from other switch and router competitors, such as Enterasys' NetSight and HP's OpenView.

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