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Cisco Applauded by Frost & Sullivan for Dominating the Network Access Control Market with its Outstanding Organic and Inorganic Strategies

Cisco ISE integrates with more than 100 ecosystem partners to provide an end-to-end NAC solution

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — XXX — Based on its recent analysis of the global network access control (NAC) market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Cisco Systems with the 2018 Global Market Leadership Award for capturing 34.3% of the market with its broad security product portfolio and strategic acquisitions. The Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) has completely dominated the enterprise and large enterprise segments, as well as every vertical market and geographic region. It effectively serves these large organizations by integrating ISE with its comprehensive and scalable solutions, which have a wide set of features and functions. 

"Cisco has focused on expanding its third-party ecosystem and partnerships to enhance its security offering. ISE already works closely with other Cisco technologies such as Talos (threat intelligence organization), Stealthwatch, Advanced Malware Protection (AMP), and Firepower next-generation firewall and intrusion prevention technologies," said Tony Massimini, Cybersecurity Senior Industry Analyst, Frost & Sullivan.. "Unlike competitors that deliver point solutions, ISE is the centerpiece of a complete security strategy framework that covers the campus, network, data center, and cloud. Consequently, Cisco’s total security segment grew by 9.3% in fiscal 2017, while the total corporate revenues dropped by 4.2%."

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Additionally, the latest release of ISE, version 2.4, extends device profiling and visibility features to the emerging industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market, especially in manufacturing and healthcare. Cisco partners with clinics, hospitals, and medical equipment manufacturers to develop a holistic solution that not only identifies medical devices, but also helps define policies regarding the level of access provided to the device on the network. The company is now focusing on innovations for virtual appliances and cloud services. 

These internal innovation efforts have been supplemented greatly by a series of acquisitions including:

  • Duo Security – Provider of unified application access security and multi-factor authentication delivered through the cloud
  • Skyport Systems—Presents cloud-managed, hyper-converged systems that run and protect business-critical applications
  • Perspica, Inc.—Provides machine learning and data processing technology and expertise
  • Observable Networks, Inc.—Extends the Stealthwatch solution into the cloud using its technology based on dynamic behavioral modeling of all network devices
  • Viptela Inc.—Provides a compelling software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solution that simplifies management
  • ContainerX, Inc.—Technology to help enterprises manage, orchestrate, and integrate containers across data centers
  • Jasper Technologies, Inc.—The industry’s leading IoT service platform 

"Through integration, open systems, and native features, ISE enables extensive automation that makes it less human-resource intensive to provide secure anytime-anywhere services," noted Tony Massimini of Frost & Sullivan. "Cisco boasts highly scalable solutions, which allows organizations to use fewer NAC appliances and scale to 1,500,000 total and 500,000 concurrent endpoints and devices. It also offers vendor-neutral support for access control and segmentation for market-leading technologies." 

Overall, the company's extensive network of highly trained partners on ISE, exceptional security profile, and future-proof solutions make it richly deserving of the leadership position in the global NAC market. 

Each year, Frost & Sullivan bestows this award upon the company that demonstrates excellence in growth and customer value. Attaining loyal customers who became brand advocates allows the company to grow and achieve a market leadership position. By committing to the customer at each stage of the buying cycle and continuing to nurture the relationship, this Award recognizes a company’s increased market share over time. 

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry. 

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