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Cisco Identity Services Engine v3.x offers major usability benefits across many of its use cases. With better speed and agility, you are able to achieve security resilience with a fully mature zero trust solution while gaining pervasive visibility and dynamic control. 

I am Viraj Nagarmunoli, Solutions Architect with Customer Success and together with Security Customer Success Specialist @Yash Kejariwal, I put together the table below summarising some of the key features of ISE 3.x

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Cloud native ISE

Previously, ISE could only be deployed on a physical or a virtual appliance.

Now, you can deploy ISE on public cloud infrastructure including AWS, Azure and Oracle cloud as a native cloud solution. This can help you reduce operational expenses and gives you the ability to scale your deployment on-demand while automating routine tasks.

Policies for Azure AD

Previously ISE supported Azure AD identity provider using SAML and Oauth authentication protocols but there was limited support for dot1x

Now, Cisco ISE 3.x supports EAP-TLS and TEAP authentication with Azure AD.  This means that you can now create policies using group and attribute information when performing dot1x authentication which allows for differentiated and secure access.

Automation and APIs

Open API for system and policy management

Previously, API only exposed basic ISE infrastructure and session related content

With Open API support, ISE 3.x brings you a lot more automation capabilities such as policy and system management (like backups) while still supporting the other types of APIs 

Zero Touch Provisioning

The traditional way of deploying ISE had several touch points and was a manual process. It took several hours setting up a large deployment

Now, the new Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP) allows you to create a configuration file in which the ISE node can be configured (IP, hostname, DNS, etc.) Likewise, it can automatically install any hot fixes or patches immediately after it is set up. 

Posture and Compliance

Posture on Linux

Previously, ISE Posturing could be performed on Windows and OS X machines.

ISE Posture can now be performed for Linux devices too, along with Windows and OS X. That way, all endpoints on the network can be kept compliant and, if found non-compliant, they can be quarantined and remediated.

Agentless Posture

Previously you had to have an application installed on the endpoint to perform posture checks

By popular request, ISE can now be configured to assess the posture of an endpoint without having to roll out client applications across your entire install base. For you this means you gain all the visibility necessary without the need of an additional application. 


Promotion Alert: ISE 3.x offers a streamlined licensing scheme in line with Cisco DNA licensing tiers. Take advantage of the one year free licenses on Cisco limited-time promotion by upgrading your ISE deployment and licenses to version 3.x! 

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Level 1
Level 1

I have a question about licensing and consumption as we are looking at ISE for next year. 

In the documentation it states that a user/device can consume more than one license depending on what they are doing. 

So what I found is that Advantage handles context- profiling, endpoint analytics, trustsec, etc

Essentials handles visibility and enforcement.

So our question is that if we want to use profiling, trustsec, and endpoint analytics does that consume one license or three.

Cisco Employee
Cisco Employee

@gcook0001 That endpoint should just consume 1 license. Please refer to

what protocol does ISE use?

Thanks for the info! 

Level 1
Level 1

thanks for the information and update

Level 1
Level 1

Thanks for information!

Thank you for sharing this!

Level 1
Level 1

That is great. Thank You

Level 1
Level 1

Thanks for the sharing info, it's very helpful for me as a ISE beginner user

slawek ziobro
Level 1
Level 1

Very, very intresting. Thanks

Level 1
Level 1

Thank you for sharing this

Thank you for sharing

Do you plan any integration with ACI. Maybe through DNA? 

Level 1
Level 1

Thank you for the information

Level 7
Level 7

SO are you saying that you are placing User auth in the cloud itself? 

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