Announcing a New Flavor of Cisco Identity Services Engine for Wireless Networks – Cisco’s “Smart Bouncer” for Your Network

August 15, 2011 - 0 Comments

During last month’s Cisco Live event in Las Vegas, we invited a few guests to take a tour of the data center of one of our customers, Switch Communications Group. Switch hosts data and servers for several casinos and government agencies, among other high-profile customers, and they take security VERY seriously.  

As Don Clark of the Wall Street Journal described, once the guests passed through security – which included a holding room and confiscated IDs – armed guards monitored every step the guests took while inside the data center, and strictly enforced all policies that disallowed any photography and basically touching anything. 

You could think of this experience as a metaphor for the capabilities of Cisco’s Identity Services Engine (ISE) – just without the armed guards.

Since its announcement back in April, ISE has been helping customers keep an eye on all “visitors” coming onto the network, enforcing policies for the influx of devices that are coming onto the network like never before. If you’re an IT manager, you’re familiar with the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend, giving employees network access through any device at any location. ISE is the industry’s only centralized policy engine appliance for the entire network, helping our customers enforce policies that determine who is allowed on the network, what they access and how they access it, keeping the network locked down and secure.

Today, we’re announcing a new flavor of ISE for customers who haven’t previously deployed any policy solution:  wireless-only licenses for ISE.  Cisco ISE is already available for wired and wireless networks, but for customers who want to take incremental steps in allowing policy enforcement starting with mobile devices – specifically on wireless networks – there’s no better product to start.

Cisco ISE for Wireless is targeted for customers that need to address challenges brought about by their employees connecting their own wireless devices to the network, as well as guest users.  Cisco ISE for wireless also simplifies guest access management by providing an integrated self-service model to securely allow guest users to connect to the wireless networks. In addition, customers who purchase the ISE wireless license now can easily expand their deployment later onto wired and VPN endpoints by simply purchasing an upgrade license in the future.

Cisco ISE for Wireless also continues to enforce the tradition of Cisco’s Borderless Networks architecture – allowing customers to connect anyone, anywhere, using any device, anytime —securely, reliably, and seamlessly.

What are your own experiences with BYOD? Is this becoming a growing problem with your organization?

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