Packetbeat vs Cisco ISE: What are the differences?
Developers describe Packetbeat as "Open Source application monitoring & packet tracing system". Packetbeat agents sniff the traffic between your application processes, parse on the fly protocols like HTTP, MySQL, Postgresql or REDIS and correlate the messages into transactions. On the other hand, Cisco ISE is detailed as "A network administration product that enables the creation and enforcement of security and access policies". A critical component of any zero-trust strategy is securing the environment that everyone and everything is connecting to: the workplace. It enables a dynamic and automated approach to policy enforcement that empowers software-defined access and automated network segmentation within IT and OT environments.
Packetbeat and Cisco ISE can be primarily classified as "Network Monitoring" tools.
Some of the features offered by Packetbeat are:
- Packetbeat Statistics: Contains high-level views like the network topology, the application layer protocols repartition, the response times repartition, and others
- Packetbeat Search: This page enables you to do full text searches over the indexed network messages
- Packetbeat Query Analysis: This page demonstrates more advanced statistics like the top N slow SQL queries, the database throughput or the most common MySQL erro
On the other hand, Cisco ISE provides the following key features:
- Gain visibility with context and control
- Extend zero trust to contain threats
- Accelerate value of existing solutions
Packetbeat is an open source tool with 8.73K GitHub stars and 3.12K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Packetbeat's open source repository on GitHub.