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What are the main differences between Cisco ISE and Forescout Platform?


Hi, I'm a Network Engineer at a Tech Services company (size: 500+). 

I would like to find out the main differences/comparison between Cisco ISE and Forescout Platform.

Can anyone assist?

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34 Answers

author avatarEvgeny Belenky
Community Manager

@Avraham Sonenthal thanks a lot for such a detailed answer!

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Both Cisco ISE and Forescout are highly regarded as both are at the very top of the Garner Magic Quadrant (if you follow Gartner). Looking at them both on their own the nod tends to go to Forescout as the Best of Breed. Best of Platform, however, the nod goes to Cisco ISE. 

So in simplest terms, Cisco ISE is a better solution when in a strong Cisco environment, and Forescout is the better solution if there are disparate security flows within your organization.  

Now I would also throw into the mix (not meant to overcomplicate your decision) HPE/Aruba Clearpath as well. In any case, they can all be a bear to implement so make sure you have a great organization to work with you on implementation that has a specialty with a particular vendor.

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Hi @Sean Muller, @Nayef Hamzeh, @Chandra-Prakash, @Josept Conde, @Dilan Jayamantri, @Jonathan Soto, @Miguel Santiago ​and
@Avraham Sonenthal

It seems you should be able to share some professional advice in relation to this question.

Thanks in advance for helping other community members!

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