Cisco Unifies Wired and Wireless Access
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At the core of the Unified Access are improvements to a trio of existing Cisco products. The Cisco Identity Service Engine (ISE) is being updated to version 1.1 with a new Secure Group Access (SGA) capability. Lasser-Raab explained that SGA is a way to set role based policy across groups of people on both wired and wireless networks.
Getting devices onto the network in the first place is now being expedited with the new self-provisioning portal capability called My Devices, in ISE 1.1
"So when employees bring new devices to work, they go to the portal to register their device," Lasser-Raab said. "Users get automatic connectivity and policies propagate to the new devices based on the user's profile and IT doesn't have to spend time updating device information."