Chapter 2. Introducing Cisco Identity Services Engine

The Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) makes up the backbone of Cisco’s next-generation, context-aware, identity-based security policy solution. To give you some historical context, ISE will be providing the next-generation functionality that was formally accomplished by both the Cisco Network Admission Control (NAC) Appliance Suite and Cisco Access Control Server (ACS) RADIUS-only product functions.

Systems Approach to Centralized Network Security Policy

A bit of history is required to understand how the NAC and AAA server markets have evolved to date. This will set the stage for a discussion of the systems approach that the Cisco Identity Services Engine now implements. Prior to 2004, ...

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