CyLock MFA for Cisco ISE

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE) serves as a comprehensive security policy management platform for managing security policies, empowering organizations to enforce these policies across their entire network infrastructure. It provides centralized control and visibility over network access and security posture, allowing administrators to define and enforce policies based on user identity, device type, and contextual information.

Attackers can exploit vulnerabilities such as credential theft through phishing or malware attacks, leading to unauthorized access to Cisco ISE. This poses risks of data breaches, insider threats, and compliance violations, as attackers can get total control over the network infrastructure through Cisco ISE and then manipulate network access policies, extract sensitive data, or abuse privileged accounts.

With Cisco ISE serving as a central component of network access control and security policy enforcement, enabling CyLock MFA for Cisco ISE login, strengthens access controls, fortifies authentication mechanisms, and reinforces the overall security posture of the organization's network infrastructure..

CyLock RADIUS proxy component deployed in the organization’s on-premise data centre acts a RADIUS server and can communicate through RADIUS or TACACS+ protocols. Cisco ISE will send login credentials CyLock RADIUS proxy which authenticates users against Active Directory or LDAP servers and CyLock servers for second factor authentication.

CyLock MFA for Cisco ISE

Authentication Options

In addition to implementing robust password policies, organizations can enhance the security of the network device login process by enabling Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). MFA adds an extra layer of security, mitigating the risk of cyber-attacks and bolstering protection for enterprise identities and data. The table below outlines the authentication types and security options available during network device login either through SSH or Web GUI options.

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Benefits of enabling CyLock MFA for Cisco ISE Login

Mitigation of Credential Theft: MFA helps mitigate the impact of credential theft by requiring additional verification factors. Even if user passwords are compromised, attackers would still need access to the second factor to authenticate successfully.

Enhanced Security: MFA adds an extra layer of security beyond passwords, requiring users to provide multiple forms of verification. This significantly reduces the risk of unauthorized access and strengthens overall security.

Protection against Insider Threats: MFA helps safeguard against insider threats by adding an extra layer of authentication for accessing Cisco ISE. This reduces the risk of unauthorized access or misuse of privileged accounts by employees, contractors, or other trusted insiders.

Compliance Requirements: Many industry regulations and compliance standards mandate the use of MFA as part of robust security practices. Enabling MFA for Cisco ISE login helps organizations comply with these regulations, reducing the risk of non-compliance penalties.

Improved Access Controls: MFA strengthens access controls by verifying user identities through multiple factors such as passwords, biometrics, or hardware tokens. This ensures that only authorized users can access Cisco ISE, enhancing overall access security.

Protection of Sensitive Data: Cisco ISE stores and manages sensitive information related to network access and security policies. Enabling MFA helps protect this data from unauthorized access and potential exploitation by malicious actors.


Enabling MFA for Cisco ISE login enhances security, mitigates risks associated with credential theft and insider threats, ensures compliance with regulations, improves access controls, and safeguards sensitive data stored within the ISE platform.