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Cisco ISE Authentication Workflows

Cisco ISE Authentication Workflows

⚡ Workflow #1 : IEEE 802.1X -Port-based Access Control with Authentication πŸ“œ

Cisco ISE is a policy-based security solution that enables businesses to impose security standards across their networks. It provides centralized identity-based access control, granting or restricting access to network resources based on the endpoint's identity, device type, and compliance status. 

IEEE 802.1X is a network access control standard that defines port-based network access control. It allows devices attempting to connect to a network port, such as an Ethernet switch port, to be authenticated. Instead of being allowed immediate network access, devices must first go through an authentication procedure before being permitted access.

IEEE 802.1X -Port-based Access Control with Authentication

⚡ Workflow #2 : IEEE 802.1X with Change of Authorization (CoA) πŸ“œ

Cisco Identity Services Engine (Cisco ISE) combined with Change of Authorization (CoA) is a potent combo that improves network access management capabilities. IEEE 802.1X with CoA provides administrators with dynamic and real-time control over a user's network access, allowing them to make instantaneous changes to access restrictions in response to changing conditions or security incidents.

Change of Authorization (CoA), often known as Dynamic Authorization, is a feature that allows endpoint network access capabilities to be changed in real time after initial authentication. CoA allows for dynamic policy enforcement and the capacity to respond to changing situations without the endpoint having to reauthenticate.

IEEE 802.1X with Change of Authorization (CoA)

⚡ Workflow #3 : MAC Authentication Bypass (MAB) πŸ“œ


The Cisco Identity Services Engine (
Cisco ISE) MAC Authentication Bypass (MAB) functionality allows network devices to authenticate using the MAC (Media Access Control) address when other authentication techniques, such as 802.1X, are not acceptable or enabled by the connected device. MAB is especially useful in situations where certain devices, such as printers or IP phones, may not be capable of performing user-based authentication but may be identified by their MAC addresses.
  • When devices join to the network, MAB is generally used to authenticate them based on their MAC addresses.
  • It is frequently used on devices that do not support user-based authentication mechanisms such as 802.1X.
MAC Authentication Bypass (MAB)

⚡ Workflow #4 : Local Web Authentication (LWA) Session FlowπŸ“œ


Local Web Authentication (LWA) on the Cisco Identity Services Engine (
Cisco ISE) is a capability that allows users to authenticate directly through a web portal housed on the Cisco Cisco ISE. When 802.1X authentication is not possible or as a guest access solution, this approach is widely employed.

Cisco ISE Local Web Authentication is a web-based authentication solution that allows users to authenticate directly with the Cisco ISE platform. It is a versatile solution that is appropriate for situations where standard authentication techniques may not be appropriate, such as guest access or environments with a variety of device kinds.

Local Web Authentication (LWA) Session Flow

⚡ Workflow #5 : Wireless Local Web Auth (LWA) Configuration πŸ“œ


Local Web Authentication (LWA) on the Cisco Identity Services Engine (
Cisco ISE) is a capability that allows users to authenticate directly through a web portal housed on the Cisco Cisco ISE. When 802.1X authentication is not possible or as a guest access solution, this approach is widely employed.

Cisco ISE Local Web Authentication is a web-based authentication solution that allows users to authenticate directly with the Cisco ISE platform. It is a versatile solution that is appropriate for situations where standard authentication techniques may not be appropriate, such as guest access or environments with a variety of device kinds.

Wireless Local Web Auth (LWA) Configuration

⚡ Workflow #6 : Cisco ISE Wired LWA Config πŸ“œ


Engine for Cisco Identity Services (
Cisco ISE) When utilizing wired connections to access to the network, users can login directly through a web portal housed on the Cisco ISE thanks to a feature called Wired Local Web Authentication (LWA). This technique is especially helpful as a guest access solution for wired connections or in situations where more conventional techniques, like 802.1X, might not be appropriate.

When establishing a wired connection to the network, users can authenticate themselves directly with the 
Cisco ISE platform using Cisco ISE Wired Local Web Authentication. It is a versatile solution that may be used for guest access in wired networks or in situations where conventional authentication techniques might not be appropriate.

Wired LWA Config

⚡ Workflow #7 : Cisco ISE Web Authentication πŸ“œ


Cisco Identity Services Engine (
Cisco ISE) Web Authentication is a feature that allows users to authenticate directly through a portal housed on the Cisco ISE platform using a web-based mechanism. This approach is frequently used in situations where typical authentication mechanisms, such as 802.1X, are inapplicable, or for guest access.

Web Authentication

⚡ Workflow #8 : Cisco ISE CWA Session Flow πŸ“œ


Central Web Authentication (CWA) by Cisco Identity Services Engine (
Cisco ISE) is a feature that allows users to authenticate using a centralized web portal housed on the Cisco ISE platform. Central Web Authentication is frequently used in situations where traditional techniques such as 802.1X may be impractical, or for guest access.

CWA – Session Flow

⚡ Workflow #9 : Cisco ISE Wireless CWA Config πŸ“œ


Central Web Authentication (CWA) by Cisco Identity Services Engine (Cisco ISE) is a feature that allows users to authenticate using a centralized web portal housed on the Cisco ISE platform. Central Web Authentication is frequently used in situations where traditional techniques such as 802.1X may be impractical, or for guest access.

Wireless CWA Config

⚡ Workflow #10 : Cisco ISE Wired CWA ConfigπŸ“œ


Central Web Authentication (CWA) by Cisco Identity Services Engine (
Cisco ISE) is a feature that allows users to authenticate using a centralized web portal housed on the Cisco ISE platform. Central Web Authentication is frequently used in situations where traditional techniques such as 802.1X may be impractical, or for guest access.

Wired CWA Config

⚡ Workflow #11 : Central Web Authentication (CWA) with Cisco ISE πŸ“œ


Central Web Authentication (CWA) by Cisco Identity Services Engine (
Cisco ISE) is a feature that allows users to authenticate using a centralized web portal housed on the Cisco ISE platform. Central Web Authentication is frequently used in situations where traditional techniques such as 802.1X may be impractical, or for guest access.

Central Web Authentication (CWA) with ISE

⚡ Workflow #12 : Cisco ISE dACL + URL-Redirect for CWA πŸ“œ


Cisco Identity Services Engine (
Cisco ISE) dACL with URL-send for Central Web Authentication (CWA) is a feature that combines dynamic access control lists with URL redirection to enforce network access regulations and send users to a web portal for authentication. When standard techniques like as 802.1X are insufficient, this approach is typically used to enable guest access or to authenticate users.

dACL + URL-Redirect for CWA

⚡ Workflow #13 : Sample ACLs for CWA Redirection Flow πŸ“œ


Central Web Authentication (CWA) Redirection is a 
Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) function that allows network devices to redirect user traffic to a centralized web portal hosted on Cisco ISE for authentication. This approach is widely used in situations where typical authentication mechanisms, such as 802.1X, are impractical, or to provide guest access.

Sample ACLs for CWA Redirection

⚡ Workflow #14 : Wired Device Registration Web Auth (DRW) Flow πŸ“œ


Wired Device Registration Web Authentication (DRW) is a 
Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) capability that allows devices to be registered on the network using a web portal provided by Cisco ISE. This procedure is frequently utilized in cases where devices must first register before receiving full access to a wired network. 

Wired Device Registration Web Auth (DRW) Flow

⚡ Workflow #15 : Cisco ISE Wired CWA Config πŸ“œ


Central Web Authentication (CWA) by Cisco Identity Services Engine (
Cisco ISE) is a feature that allows users to authenticate using a centralized web portal housed on the Cisco ISE platform. Central Web Authentication is frequently used in situations where traditional techniques such as 802.1X may be impractical, or for guest access.

Wired CWA Config

⚡ Workflow #16 : Cisco ISE Wireless CWA Config πŸ“œ


Central Web Authentication (CWA) by Cisco Identity Services Engine (
Cisco ISE) is a feature that allows users to authenticate using a centralized web portal housed on the Cisco ISE platform. Central Web Authentication is frequently used in situations where traditional techniques such as 802.1X may be impractical, or for guest access.

Wireless CWA Config

⚡ Workflow #17 : Cisco ISE Wireless DRW Flow πŸ“œ


Wireless Device Registration Web Authentication (DRW) by 
Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is a function developed for registering wireless devices on the network via a web portal hosted by Cisco ISE. This procedure is frequently employed in situations where devices, such as smartphones or tablets, must first register before being permitted full access to a wireless network. 

Wireless DRW Flow

⚡ Workflow #18 : Cisco ISE Profiling Flow with Multiple Probes πŸ“œ


Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) Profiling is a feature that detects and categorizes endpoint devices based on a variety of traits, behaviors, and characteristics. Profiling aids in dynamically applying policies to various sorts of network devices. Multiple probes are used to collect data about devices from many sources. 

Profiling Flow with Multiple Probes

⚡ Workflow #19 : Cisco ISE Profiling without Probes πŸ“œ


Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) Profiling is a feature that detects and categorizes endpoint devices based on a variety of traits, behaviors, and characteristics. Profiling aids in dynamically applying policies to various sorts of network devices. Multiple probes are used to collect data about devices from many sources. 

Profiling without Probes

⚡ Workflow #20 : Cisco ISE Probeless Profiling πŸ“œ


Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) Profiling is a feature that detects and categorizes endpoint devices based on a variety of traits, behaviors, and characteristics. Profiling aids in dynamically applying policies to various sorts of network devices. Multiple probes are used to collect data about devices from many sources. 

Probeless Profiling

⚡ Workflow #21 : Adding Posture to the Authorization Policy πŸ“œ


Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) Posture is a feature that evaluates the security posture of endpoints such as desktops or mobile devices before providing them network access. Organizations may guarantee that devices conform with security standards before accessing network resources by including posture evaluation in the authorization policy.

Adding Posture to the Authorization Policy
Adding Posture to the Authorization Policy-2

⚡ Workflow 22 : BYOD: Single SSID – Employee using PEAP πŸ“œ


BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) for a Single SSID with Employee Authentication Using PEAP (Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol) with 
Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) is a deployment scenario that provides safe and smooth onboarding of personal devices onto an organization's network.

BYOD: Single SSID – Employee using PEAP

⚡ Workflow #23 : Cisco ISE BYOD: Dual SSID – Employee using CWA πŸ“œ


Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) deployment scenario for Dual SSID with Employee authentication utilizing CWA (Central Web Authentication) allows organizations to create a distinct SSID exclusively for employee-owned devices. Through Central Web Authentication, this situation frequently entails a more streamlined and secure authentication procedure for workers.

BYOD: Dual SSID – Employee using CWA
BYOD: Dual SSID – Employee using CWA-2

⚡ Workflow #24 : Cisco ISE BYOD: Dual SSID – Guest using CWA πŸ“œ


Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) deployment scenario for Dual SSID with Guest authentication utilizing CWA (Central Web Authentication) enables organizations to establish a second SSID exclusively for guest devices. This scenario frequently includes a smooth and safe authentication process for guests via Central Web Authentication.

BYOD: Dual SSID – Guest using CWA

⚡ Workflow #25 : BYOD: Dual SSID – Select Employees using CWA πŸ“œ


Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) deployment scenario for Dual SSID with Guest authentication utilizing CWA (Central Web Authentication) enables organizations to establish a second SSID exclusively for guest devices. This scenario frequently includes a smooth and safe authentication process for guests via Central Web Authentication.


BYOD: Dual SSID – Select Employees using CWA
BYOD: Dual SSID – Select Employees using CWA2

⚡ Workflow #26 : Cisco ISE BYOD: Post-Supplicant Provisioning πŸ“œ


BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) with 
Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) Post-Supplicant Provisioning is a deployment scenario that requires onboarding and provisioning devices after the supplicant (device) has joined to the network. This technique enables organizations to enroll devices in their network management system and dynamically apply security settings.

BYOD: Post-Supplicant Provisioning
BYOD: Post-Supplicant Provisioning2

⚡ Workflow #27 : Native Supplicant Provisioning (iOS Scenario) πŸ“œ


Native Supplicant Provisioning using 
Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine), notably in an iOS (Apple's mobile operating system) environment, entails the automated setup and onboarding of devices with the native supplicant (built-in network configuration client) on iOS devices. This technique enables safe and smooth network connectivity while enforcing the relevant security regulations. 

Native Supplicant Provisioning (iOS Scenario)

⚡ Workflow #28 : Native Supplicant Provisioning (Android Scenario) πŸ“œ

Native Supplicant for Cisco ISE (Identity Services Engine) In an Android situation, provisioning entails automatically configuring and onboarding devices using the native supplicant (built-in network configuration client) on Android devices. This technique enables safe and smooth network connectivity while enforcing the relevant security regulations.

Native Supplicant Provisioning (Android Scenario)