This preface explains the objectives, intended audience, and organization of both Cisco Identity Services Engine API Reference Guide Releases 1.1 and 1.1.x. The preface also describes the conventions that provide instructions and provides other types of information in the following sections:
Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE), as a next-generation identity and access control policy platform enables enterprises to enforce compliance, enhance infrastructure security, and streamline their service operations. The unique architecture of Cisco ISE allows enterprises to gather real-time contextual information from networks, users, and devices in order to make proactive governance decisions by tying identity to various network elements including access switches, wireless LAN controllers (WLCs), virtual private network (VPN) gateways, and data center switches.
Cisco ISE is a key component of the Cisco Security Group Access Solution. Cisco ISE is a consolidated policy-based access control solution that:
Combines authentication, authorization, accounting (AAA), posture, profiler, and guest management services into one appliance
Enforces endpoint compliance by checking the device posture of all endpoints accessing the network, including 802.1X environments
Provides support for discovery, profiling, policy-based placement, and monitoring of endpoint devices on the network
Enables consistent policy in centralized and distributed deployments allowing services to be delivered where they are needed
Employs advanced enforcement capabilities including Security Group Access (SGA) through the use of Security Group Tags (SGTs) and Security Group (SG) Access Control Lists (ACLs)
Supports scalability to support a number of deployment scenarios from small office to large enterprise environments
This application programming interface (API) reference guide provides only a brief high-level overview of the capabilities afforded by the supported APIs. The purpose of this API reference guide is to provide a developer, system or network administrator, or system integrator with basic guidelines for using the outlined APIs within the Cisco ISE deployment.
The API calls use queries to determine the following types of data:
This API reference guide is intended for experienced system administrators who administer Cisco ISE appliances within a network environment, system integrators who may want to make use of the APIs, or third-party partners who have with the responsibility for managing or troubleshooting Cisco ISE deployments. As a prerequisite to using this API reference guide, you should have a basic understanding of troubleshooting and diagnostic practices and how to make and interpret API calls.
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