Many professional athletes would say that while winning the first championship is unforgettable, its winning back-to-back championships—or even accomplishing the rare three-peat—that carries special meaning as it requires an enduring focus and a consistent commitment to excellence to achieve the highest level of success.

It is along these lines that for the third consecutive year the Cisco Security team is proud to announce that the Identity Services Engine (ISE) was recognized as the top solution in the Trust Awards category at the 2018 SC Awards. The announcement was made on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, during the 22nd annual SC Awards gala in San Francisco.

The SC Awards are recognized throughout the security industry as the gold standard of excellence in cybersecurity.  Winners of the Trust Award were chosen by a distinguished group of leading IT security professionals from SC Media’s readership and selected by SC Media’s editorial team. Entrants were narrowed down to a select group of finalists before undergoing a rigorous final judging process to determine the winner of each category. The Trust Award category is one of the most highly anticipated designations at the SC Awards ceremony because it represents the voice of the customers who are really using the products and services.


To receive the SC Award for three consecutive years is an honor and a tremendous validation for Cisco Security. We are committed to building new innovations for the Identity Services Engine so that it meets our customers’ most pressing and evolving needs to get rich contextual data for everything connecting to the network; control access to applications and data with intent-based controls; and rapidly contain threats.” Kevin Skahill (Senior Director, Security Policy and Access at Cisco)

Left to Right: Kevin Skahill (SR Director, Security Policy and Access) Justin Buchanan (Director, Security Policy and Access)

ISE is a foundational component of  Cisco’s “The Network. Intuitive.” and it plays a prominent role in helping our customers revolutionize their network security with a holistic approach towards visibility, policy automation and Software-Defined Access. As the nature of cybersecurity threats continues to evolve, so too have we been innovating ISE so that it can equip our customers with the next generation capabilities that will help them defend against these evolving threats. With the latest release of ISE 2.4, customers have access to key enhancements which includes the following:

Enhanced Visibility of IoT devices with Cisco Industrial Network Director:

Through Cisco’s Industrial Network Director (IND) integration with Cisco pxGrid (Platform Exchange Grid) technology, ISE 2.4 now provides customers with a deep level of contextual visibility into more than 300 industrial and 300 medical IoT device categories.

 New Profile Updates:

ISE 2.4 includes the addition of 600 new profiles and updates to more than 250 profiles. We have improved the profile hierarchies of printer profiles and have added new profiles that can auto detect and classify automation and control points for Windows devices and across all verticals such as manufacturing, transportation, and finance.

 Posture Enhancements:

ISE 2.4 includes new capabilities such as enhanced 3rd party integrations with 3rd party MDM’s and visibility wizard enhancements that support agentless posture.

IPV6 Support:

ISE 2.4 now provides IPV6 support for Radius, for proxy and for CoA. The addition of IPV6 support on ISE 2.4 allows customers to migrate their network to IPv6 based networks.

 TrustSec Enhancements:

ISE 2.4 helps users to verify if their TrustSec policy changes have been implemented on the network devices in an efficient manner

“As a winner in the Trust Award category, Cisco’s Identity Services Engine stands out for its innovative approach to protecting businesses against the ever-changing threat landscape,” said Illena Armstrong, Vice President, editorial, SC Media. “This is a significant achievement and one that shows Cisco’s dedication to improving the IT security industry as a whole.”

To learn more about ISE visit www.cisco.com/go/ise.




Ed Cho

Product Marketing Manager

Security Product Marketing Organization