Cisco Identity Services Engine


Next-generation secure network access

Gain awareness of everything hitting your network. Provide access consistently and efficiently. Relieve the stress of complex access management.

Features and benefits


Control all access from one place

Simplify access across wired, wireless, and VPN connections. Policies are cascaded across all types of access points and enforced by Cisco TrustSec software-defined segmentation. See how


See and share rich user and device details

Users and devices are shown in a simple, flexible interface. ISE shares details through the Cisco Platform Exchange Grid (pxGrid) with partner platforms to make them user, device, and network aware. (3:45 mins.)


Stop and contain threats

Reduce risks and contain threats by dynamically controlling network access. ISE can assess vulnerabilities and apply threat intelligence. It can also contain a suspicious device for remediation. We call this Cisco Rapid Threat Containment.

How to deploy ISE

Talk with a Cisco salesperson or partner to choose what works best for you.

Choose your use case

ISE supports AAA, 802.1X, guest, BYOD, pxGrid, and mobile device management. And more.

How many endpoints

ISE can scale to up to 500,000 endpoints per deployment. The best in the industry.

Choose a machine

Our physical appliances are based on the Cisco UCS C220 server and get configured to support ISE. Or choose a virtual machine. See models below.

Get deployment services

Get up and running fast without disruptions. Our Security Plan and Build Services offer advanced support.


Secure Network Server 3515

Support for 5000 endpoints in an ISE deployment Intel Xeon 2.40 GHz E5-2620 processor 16 GB of storage

Secure Network Server 3595

Support for 20,000 endpoints in an ISE deployment Intel Xeon 2.60 GHz E5-2640 processor 64 GB of storage

Virtual machine

Supported on KVM and VMware ESX/ESXi 4.x and 5.x 4 GB of memory and 200 GB of available hard drive space needed in target VM license required







3 ways to learn about ISE

See how it works through simulations, webinars, and business case demonstrations.

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The strategy behind Expo Milan 2015


"The Cisco Identity Services Engine prevented any unauthorized access to the network while providing highly flexible operational access management, thanks to centralized policy management and automated network management and configuration procedures."

Mirko Berlier, Cisco Engineer and Expo 2015 Architect

News and events

See it all, secure it now

Learn the benefits of the Identity Services Engine 2.1 (3:35 min)


ISE wins NAC Market Leadership Award

Frost & Sullivan names ISE the 2016 Global NAC Market Leader. (PDF - 3.1 MB)

Learn why

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Related products and technologies

Cisco ISE Express License Bundle

See how anyone can easily get enterprise guest-services for less.

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Cisco TrustSec technology

Easily control access to your network while maintaining compliance.

See how it works

Technology partners

Partner platforms can reach into the Cisco network infrastructure with ISE.

See what's possible

Connect with us

Network with your peers and learn more about security topics that interest you.


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