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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

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. (1:51 mins.)

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.

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.


Our open, software-driven approach leverages Cisco ISE. Constantly adapts. Constantly protects.

How to deploy

Cisco ISE has a flexible and highly scalable license model that aligns to your desired outcomes.

Choose a deployment model

AAA, 802.1X, guest? BYOD, pxGrid, mobile device management?

Choose the number of endpoints

ISE can scale to up to 500,000 concurrent sessions and up to 1.5 million endpoints per deployment. The best in the industry.

Choose a machine

Our physical and virtual appliances are based on the Cisco UCS C220 server and configured to support ISE.

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 up to 7500 concurrent sessions in a single standalone appliance or per appliance in a multiappliance cluster

Secure Network Server 3595

Support for up to 20,000 concurrent sessions in a single standalone appliance or up to 40,000 concurrent sessions per appliance in a multiappliance cluster

Virtual machine

Supported on KVM, Microsoft Hyper-V, and VMware ESXi environments

See what Forrester says

According to Forrester report, ISE and Cisco Stealthwatch provide 120% ROI for businesses.

Visit the ISE community

Join your peers and Cisco experts in the Cisco ISE community.  Get valuable resources, ask questions, and share your expertise.

Cisco Services

Cisco Services help you integrate technologies, migrate from other solutions, and optimize existing systems for the strongest possible security.

Security Services

Accelerate adoption and get the most from your cybersecurity program and technology investments.

Cisco Identity Services Engine

Lock in security and support for business innovation with a custom deployment.

Medical networks that analyze and learn

"Our Cisco network ensures we always have seamless wired and wireless communications between nurses, pharmacists, and other medical experts, with everyone connected to the correct patient data."

Chad Spiers, Director of Information Security, Sentara Healthcare

Read what others are saying about Cisco ISE

"With Cisco ISE, you get more visibility of connected users and devices. It's allowed us to transform our guest user experience and empower employees to provide guest access."

Kev Matthews, IT Specialist, Virgin Media

News and events

ISE is the NAC Leader

Frost and Sullivan recognized Cisco ISE with Network Access Control Market Leadership Award

Gartner recognizes ISE

See Gartner’s insights in the new 2018 Market Guide for Network Access Control.

2018 SC Media Winner

Cisco ISE was named the best NAC solution for the third consecutive year.

Related products and technologies

Cisco Medical NAC

Improve healthcare security and strengthen ransomware protection.

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

IoT Threat Defense

How secure are your IoT devices? Defend your business with Cisco's new IoT Threat Defense.

Connect with us

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



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