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Cisco Cyber Vision Data Sheet

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Cisco® Cyber Vision enables organizations to ensure the continuity, resilience, and safety of their industrial operations by providing continuous visibility into their industrial control systems (ICS) to understand their security posture, improve their industrial networks efficiency, and extend IT security to their industrial operations.

Product overview

The deeper integration between IT, cloud, and industrial networks is exposing your Industrial Control Systems (ICS) to cyber threats. As you begin to capture the benefits of your industry digitization efforts and start deploying Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies, you need a cybersecurity solution to help you ensure the continuity, resilience, and safety of your industrial operations.

Cisco Cyber Vision has been specifically designed for industrial organizations to gain full visibility into their industrial networks, providing precise information on their OT security posture so they can build secure infrastructures, drive regulatory compliance, and enforce security policies to control risks.

Cisco Cyber Vision combines a unique edge monitoring architecture and deep integration with Cisco’s leading security portfolio. Built into your Cisco industrial network equipment, it can be easily deployed at scale to monitor your industrial assets and their application flows in real time. It is the ideal solution to feed your IT Security Operations Center (SOC) with OT context, so you can build a unified IT/OT cybersecurity architecture.

Features and benefits

Table 1.           Features and benefits



Unique edge architecture

Easily deploy IoT/OT security at scale. Cyber Vision sensors are embedded in select Cisco networking equipment so you don’t have to deploy dedicated appliances or build an out-of-band SPAN collection network. Cyber Vision can also monitor industrial networks built with third-party equipment.

No network overload

No need for additional network resources. Cyber Vision sensors decode industrial network traffic at the edge and only send lightweight metadata to the Cyber Vision Center. This unique architecture only adds 2% to 5% load to your industrial network.

Global view on all your sites

Drive governance and compliance with detailed security information on all your industrial sites. The Cyber Vision Global Center seamlessly aggregates data from all local centers so that CISO and security teams have centralized visibility into assets and events per site and across sites.

Passive and active discovery

Cyber Vision monitors your industrial operations by passively capturing and decoding network traffic using deep packet inspection (DPI) of industrial control protocols. More information can be collected with active discovery that sends extremely precise and nondisruptive requests in the semantics of the specific ICS protocol at play.

100% visibility

Only Cyber Vision’s distributed edge active discovery can give you 100% visibility into your industrial network. It sends targeted inquiries to assets from sensors embedded in network equipment, so these messages are not blocked by firewalls or Network Address Translation (NAT) boundaries, resulting in 100% visibility.

Dynamic asset inventory

Build appropriate security policies and increase operational efficiency. Cyber Vision gives you real-time, detailed visibility into your industrial assets, their communication patterns, and application flows.

Risk scoring

Focus on immediate threats and prioritize actions to quickly improve your security posture. Cyber Vision calculates risks for each device, as well as for specific site, line or any dataset. It even provides guidance on what can be done to proactively reduce risks.

Map views

Visualize the activity of your control network. Cyber Vision offers several types of maps to show your assets and their communications. Quickly spot threats and anomalies, thanks to color coding.

Document zones and conduits

Easily build security policies. Cyber Vision lets you group assets into zones (production cells, buildings, substations, etc.) so operation teams can share logical network information with IT and build security policies according to IEC 62443.

Operational insights

Reduce downtime and improve network efficiency. Cyber Vision monitors all OT events to spot device problems before they disrupt production and help operations troubleshoot issues faster. It identifies problematic network patterns so IT can optimize configurations and network performance.

OT tags

Immediately understand the role of each device and what it is doing. Cyber Vision translates application flows into human-readable tags, so you know what is going on, even if you’re not a protocol expert.

Preset views

Easily dive into your dataset by using preset and custom views that highlight what really matters to you, helping you focus your detection strategy and share targeted information with colleagues.

Security insights

Quickly understand your current security status, identify anomalies and vulnerabilities, and respond to threats. Cyber Vision offers various dashboards, reports, and event histories to easily spot security issues and share information with all stakeholders.

OT flight recorder

Meet compliance requirements. Cyber Vision maintains the history of all events and application flows, including variable accesses, so you can easily run forensic searches and build incident reports.

Vulnerability detection

Keep your industrial assets safe. Cyber Vision alerts you to hardware and software vulnerabilities that need to be patched.

Intrusion detection (IDS)

Uncover the cybersecurity threats coming from your IT network. Cyber Vision integrates the Snort IDS engine leveraging Talos® subscription rules to detect known and emerging threats such as malware or malicious traffic.

Anomaly detection

Detect deviations from what normal process behaviors should be. Easily create multiple baselines to profile your industrial operations or focus on what is most critical to you (such as a particular asset or specific behaviors such as remote access). Deviations immediately trigger alerts.

Correlate IT/OT security events

Enhance your security event management practice. Cyber Vision is pre-integrated with leading SIEM and SOAR platforms such as IBM QRadar or SPLUNK, and can forward OT events and alerts to any other tool using Syslog. To avoid event fatigue, it even lets you choose which event types should be shared.

IT/OT collaboration

Leverage OT knowledge of industrial assets and processes. Cyber Vision helps build a collaborative workflow between IT and OT to efficiently secure production. OT can report security events by providing additional context. IT can add custom properties to OT assets and groups to document specificities, dependencies, and stakeholders.

Extend IT security to OT

Build a unified OT/IT SOC. Cyber Vision is fully integrated with Cisco IT security platforms (and others) and feeds them with rich details on OT assets and events. Creating OT security policies and remediating threats using existing IT tools is now much easier.

Rich integration with IT

Easily share OT context with your IT tools. Cyber Vision comes preintegrated with many third-party solutions such as firewalls or ServiceNow’s OT Management, and has a rich REST API to build your custom integration. The API Explorer helps you write and test API calls via a friendly user interface and comes with code samples to get you started.

On-premise or in the Cloud

Deploy where and how you prefer. On premise using a hardware or a virual appliance, or in the cloud. Cyber Vision can be installed on Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure.

Security built into your industrial network

Cisco Cyber Vision’s unique edge computing architecture embeds security monitoring components within our industrial network equipment. There’s no need to source dedicated appliances and think about how to install them. There’s no need to build an out-of-band network to send industrial network flows to a central security platform. Cyber Vision enables the industrial network to collect the information required to provide comprehensive visibility, analytics, and threat detection. Network managers will appreciate the unique simplicity and lower costs of the Cyber Vision architecture for deploying OT security at scale.

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Figure 1.               

Cyber Vision’s network sensors provide the flexibility for gaining visibility at scale without impacting network performance

Comprehensive visibility

Cyber Vision leverages a unique combination of passive and active discovery to identify all your assets, their characteristics, and their communications. The intelligence built into this closed-loop system enables the Cyber Vision asset inventory to be extremely precise and nondisruptive. It is also extremely efficient: the Cyber Vision discovery mechanism can reach up to 100% of your assets. Because Cyber Vision sensors are embedded in Cisco network equipment that is distributed at the edge of the industrial network, discovery inquiries are not blocked by firewalls or NAT boundaries.

This wealth of information on assets, communication maps, and operational and security events can be access by local OT and IT team members. It can also be aggregated in a Cyber Vision Global Center, for large organizations to gain global visibility across all sites and drive governance and compliance.

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Figure 2.               

Cyber Vision leverages a nonintrusive edge architecture to offer detailed information to local and global stakeholders

Security posture

Cisco Cyber Vision combines protocol analysis, intrusion detection, vulnerability detection and behavioral analysis to help you understand your security posture. It automatically calculates risk scores for each component, device and any specific parts of your operations to highlight critical issues so you can prioritize what needs to be fixed. Each score comes with guidance on how to reduce your exposure so you can be proactive and build an improvement process to address risks.

Cyber Vision’s detection engine leverages threat intelligence from Cisco Talos, one of the world’s leading cybersecurity research team and the official developer of Snort signature files. The Cyber Vision threat knowledge base is updated every week to include the latest list of asset vulnerabilities and IDS signatures.

Operational insights

Cisco Cyber Vision automatically uncovers the smallest details of the production infrastructure: vendor references, firmware and hardware versions, serial numbers, rack slot configuration, etc. It identifies asset relationships, communication patterns, and more. Information is shown in various types of maps, tables, and reports.

Cisco Cyber Vision gives OT engineers real-time insight into the actual status of industrial processes, such as unexpected variable changes or controller modifications, so they can quickly troubleshoot production issues and maintain uptime. Cyber experts can easily dive into all this data to investigate security events. Chief information security officers have all the necessary information to document incident reports and drive regulatory compliance.

The product uses tags to highlight asset roles and communication contexts, so that any OT and IT team member can easily understand the industrial infrastructure and operational events, regardless of the asset brand or references. IT teams can then work with OT staff to drive best practices such as patching vulnerable assets, tracking default password uses, improving network segmentation, and more.

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Figure 3.               

Gain operational insights into your assets, industrial processes, communication flows and your security posture

IT security integrations

Cyber Vision’s detailed asset inventory and visibility into OT events provide value to both operations and IT security teams. Out-of-the-box integrations with Cisco’s security portfolio, as well as with a broad set of third-party solutions, extend Cyber Vision’s insight to risk and compliance monitoring and reporting, security policy enforcement, and much more. It extends the IT SOC to the OT domain.

Cyber Vision integrates seamlessly with leading SIEM systems such as IBM QRadar or SPLUNK so security analysts can trace industrial events in their existing tools and start correlating OT/IT events. Leveraging Cyber Vision’s rich API, IT and OT teams can feed any existing tool with deep knowledge on industrial assets, network traffic, and security posture.

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Figure 4.               

Cyber Vision extends your IT security operations to OT by feeding your existing tools with context on industrial assets and events

Cisco SecureX

Are you seeing an abnormal behavior in Cisco Cyber Vision? Just click the “Investigate in SecureX” button to pivot to Cisco SecureX and run a deeper investigation on any observables (IP and MAC addresses, usernames, hostnames, URLs, and more). SecureX leverages intelligence from Cisco Secure Endpoint, Secure Network Analytics, Secure Firewall, Umbrella, and more, to give you a complete view of threats and activities across your IT and OT networks. And if you are not familiar with threat investigation, you can promote to SecureX an event detected by Cyber Vision for an analyst to investigate and launch remediation via specific playbooks and custom workflows. The SecureX ribbon always available on the Cyber Vision user interface makes it even easier to create a case and launch investigations.

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)

Extend software-based network segmentation policies to your industrial control network and start enforcing zero trust security. Cyber Vision shares discovered host, protocol, communications patterns, and more with Cisco ISE through pxGrid to extend ISE’s awareness and policy enforcement into the control network. Cisco ISE can also leverage asset groups created by control engineers in Cyber Vision to automatically build secure zones and drive dynamic micro-segmentation of the industrial network. Just move an asset to another group in Cyber Vision to have ISE automatically apply the corresponding security policy to this asset.

Cisco Secure Network Analytics (Stealthwatch)

Extend behavioral analytics by looking at telemetry from your network infrastructure. Cisco Secure Network Analytics uses Cyber Vision insights to add context to the network flows it monitors and speed up incident response and forensics by pinpointing ICS assets on alarms.

Cisco Secure Firewall (Firepower)

Network segmentation is a key pillar to securing your network and protecting critical processes. Cyber Vision enriches host information in Cisco Secure Firewall to provide additional context in firewall policies. This context gives you laser-focused control of your network segmentation, as well as the ability to terminate unsanctioned sessions.


Cyber Vision exposes functionality and data access through a REST API. This allows for custom integration of third-party and homegrown applications for compliance and risk reporting, system and event monitoring and dashboards, and more. The built-in API Explorer offers a friendly user interface to build your own API calls, test them, and generate code easily. Out-of-the-box integrations are available such as with ServiceNow OT Management.

Common Event Format (CEF)

Cyber Vision discovery and event data may be output in Common Event Format (CEF) syslog for consumption by any number of third-party applications such as Configuration Management Databases (CMDBs), SIEM solutions, Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response (SOAR) platforms, and more. Free add-ons are available for easy integration with IBM QRadar and Splunk OT.

Platform support

Cisco Cyber Vision is built on a unique edge architecture consisting of multiple sensor devices that perform deep packet inspection, protocol analysis, and intrusion detection within your industrial network and an aggregation platform known as Cyber Vision Center. Cyber Vision Center stores data coming from the sensors and provides the user interface, analytics, behavioral analysis, reporting, API, and more. It may be run on a hardware appliance or as a virtual machine. The sensors are supported on the platforms listed in the table below.

Table 2.           Platforms for Cyber Vision products

Product components

Platforms supported

Hardware sensor appliance

Cisco IC3000 Industrial Compute Gateway (IC3000-2C2F-K9)

Network sensor

Cisco Catalyst® IE3300 Rugged Series switch

Cisco Catalyst IE3400 Rugged Series switch

Cisco Catalyst IE3400 Heavy Duty Series switch

Cisco Catalyst IR1100 Rugged Series Routers

Cisco Catalyst IR8300 Rugged Series Router

Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series switch

Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series switch

Center hardware appliance

Cisco UCS® C220 M5 Rack Server
(CV-CNTR-M5S5 or CV-CNTR-M5S3 configurations)

Center software appliance

VMware ESXi software appliance

Microsoft Hyper-V software appliance

Cyber Vision sensor hardware specifications

Please refer to the associated data sheets for hardware specifications:

     Cisco IC3000 Industrial Compute Gateway

     Cisco Catalyst IE3300 Rugged Series switch

     Cisco Catalyst IE3400 Rugged Series switch

     Cisco Catalyst IE3400 Heavy Duty Series switch

     Cisco Catalyst IR1100 Rugged Series Routers

     Cisco Catalyst IR8300 Rugged Series Router

     Cisco Catalyst 9300 Series switch

     Cisco Catalyst 9400 Series switch

Cyber Vision Center hardware appliance specifications

Table 3.           Cyber Vision Center hardware appliance specifications




Form factor

1RU Cisco UCS C220 M5 Rack Server


Intel® Xeon® 2.3 GHz with 16 cores

Intel Xeon 2.4 GHz with 10 cores


Four 16-GB DDR4-2933-MHz RDIMM/1Rx4/1.2v

Two 16-GB DDR4-2933-MHz RDIMM/1Rx4/1.2v


Cisco 12G modular RAID controller with 2-GB cache

RAID-1 and RAID-10 options

Internal storage

Four 800-GB 2.5-in. enterprise performance 12G SAS SSD (3X endurance)

Four 400-GB 2.5-in. enterprise performance 6G SAS SSD (3X endurance)

Embedded network interface cards (NICs)

Dual 10GBASE-T Intel x550 Ethernet ports

Power supplies

Redundant Cisco UCS 1050W AC Power Supply for Rack Server


Cisco Intersight

Cisco Integrated Management Controller (IMC)

Cisco IMC Supervisor

Cisco UCS Manager

Cisco UCS Central Software

Cisco UCS Director

Cisco UCS Performance Manager

Rack options

Cisco ball-bearing rail kit or friction rail kit with optional reversible cable management arm

Please refer to the Cisco UCS C220 M5 Rack Server data sheet for additional hardware specifications.

Cyber Vision Center hardware appliance performance

Table 4.           Cisco Cyber Vision Center (Standalone/Local) hardware appliance scale




Max components



Max number of sensors



Max number of flows stored

8 million

4 million


Table 5.           Cisco Cyber Vision Global Center scale




Max components synced



Max number of registered centers




Cyber Vision Center virtual appliance specifications

Table 6.           Minimum specifications* for the Cyber Vision Center virtual appliance


Private Cloud

Public Cloud


Intel Xeon, 4 cores minimum

Intel Xeon, 10 cores minimum


16 GB minimum

32 GB minimum


200 GB SSD minimum

1 TB SSD minimum

Virtualization software

  VMware ESXi 6.x or later
  Microsoft Hyper-V on Windows Server 2016 or later
  Amazon Web Services
  Microsoft Azure
* These minimum VM requirements support monitoring of up to 5000 components in VMWare and Hyper-V and 10000 components in AWS and Azure.

The Cisco Cyber Vision Center virtual appliance may be downloaded directly from software.cisco.com.


Cisco Cyber Vision is licensed using a recurring subscription model based on the number of endpoints monitored and is available in 1-, 3-, 5-, and 7-year terms. Licensing is available in two tiers—Essentials and Advantage—that provide different levels of capabilities to meet your particular requirements. The product uses Cisco Smart Licensing with the option for Specific License Reservation (SLR) licenses for air-gapped networks. Please note that a current subscription license includes access to Cyber Vision Center and sensor software, which may be downloaded directly from software.cisco.com.

Table 7.           Licensing tiers

Licensing levels




  Device inventory
  Identify communication patterns
  Generate inventory reports


  Identify device vulnerabilities
  Generate vulnerability reports


  Track control system events
  Generate device activity reports

Restful API

  REST API programming interface

Includes Essentials features, plus:

Security Posture

  Device Risk Scoring

Intrusion Detection (IDS)

  Snort IDS on supported sensors
  Talos community signatures (New rules may be added 30 days after release)

Behavior Monitoring

  User-created baselines for asset behaviors
  Alerts on deviations

Advanced integration

  SecureX Ribbon
  pxGrid integration with ISE
  Firepower Host Attribute integration
  SIEM Integration – Splunk, IBM QRadar
  ServiceNow OT Management integration

Talos subscriber rules option for Cyber Vision IDS

(Requires Cyber Vision Advantage; licensed per IDS sensor deployed)

  Talos subscription signatures, specifically curated for industrial networks
  Immediate rules availability
  15x more rules compared to community signatures

Endpoint license packs are available for 100, 250, 500, 750, 1000, 2500, 5000, 7500, and 10,000 endpoints. IDS is available on the Cyber Vision Center as well as on the Cisco IC3000 hardware sensor, the Catalyst IR8300 Rugged router and the Catalyst 9300 or 9400 switches.

Ordering information

Cisco Cyber Vision is available for order today. Please visit the Cisco Ordering home page for more information.

Table 8.           Cyber Vision product IDs

Product ID

Product description


Cyber Vision subscription license


Cyber Vision Center hardware appliance(Cisco UCS C220 M5S5 Rack Server)


Cyber Vision Center hardware appliance(Cisco UCS C220 M5S3 Rack Server)


Cyber Vision Sensor hardware appliance (Cisco IC3000 Industrial Compute Gateway)


Talos subscriber rules license for Cyber Vision Center IDS (hardware and virtual appliance)


Talos subscriber rules license for Cyber Vision IDS on IC3000-2C2F-K9 sensor


Talos subscriber rules license for Cyber Vision IDS on Catalyst IR8300 sensor


Talos subscriber rules license for Cyber Vision IDS on Catalyst 9300/9400 sensor

Warranty information

Please refer to the respective data sheets for the IC3000 Industrial Compute Gateway and Cisco UCS C220 M5 Rack Server for warranty information.

Cisco environmental sustainability

Please refer to the respective data sheets for the IC3000 Industrial Compute Gateway and Cisco UCS C220 M5 Rack Server for sustainability information.

Cisco and Partner Services

Services for planning, deploying, and support

Services provided by Cisco and our certified partners are available to help you through the assessment, design, deployment, and operational phases of your Cisco Cyber Vision project. Whether you need some expert advice, support throughout the entire project, or something in between, we, together with our partners, have the experts and expertise to help you be successful. For more information, visit https://www.cisco.com/go/services.

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