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In these modern times, there is a rapid change in the enterprise network, especially when pertaining to the mobility of employees. The technological advancements have helped employees to gain access in enterprise resources through the use of various devices such as smartphones, tablets, and personal laptops. Although the ability to access certain resources from anywhere can significantly increase the productivity of your company, it can also increase the possibility of security threats and date breaches since it would be hard to control the security of the devices that are accessing your network. Monitoring and controlling the devices that tries to access the network is a big task already, which means that it even becomes more challenging if the need for more access will occur.

Having said that you should take into account using the Cisco identity service engine (ISE) since it is an identity-based network that can access control and policy for enforcement systems. The information gathered through certain messages that are passed between the ISE node or profiling and the device, is the basis for the network administrator to centrally control the access policies utilized for wireless, as well as wired endpoints. In order to keep up with the greatest and the latest devices to ensure that there are no gaps in the visibility of devices, the profiling database is updated regularly.

One of the things that identity service engine or ISE does in order to provide security compliance and policy enforcement before authorizing the device to gain access to the network is that it attaches an identity to the device based on function, user, and other attributes. An endpoint will only be allowed to access the network if the results from various variables matches with the specific rules where the interface is connected, or else, a guest access will be provided based on your company’s guidelines or there will be a complete denial of access. In other words, ISE is an automated policy enforcement engine that deals with the daily task of device and guest on boarding, access list management, switch port VLAN changes for the end-users, and others, in order for the network administrator to focus on other projects and important tasks.

When it comes to the ISE platform, it is a distributed deployment of nodes that are made up of three different types such as monitoring and troubleshooting node (Mnt), policy administration node (PAN), and policy services node (PSN).
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