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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 networks and managing the risks of cyber attacks.

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, so they can detect threats, ensure process integrity, 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 hardware sensor lets you easily monitor industrial traffic on 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 network by passively capturing and decoding application flows. This ultra-safe approach can be enhanced with active discovery that sends requests in the semantics of the specific ICS protocol at play to collect further information. The Cyber Vision active discovery mechanism is extremely precise and nondisruptive, and it can be activated for all or just parts of your network.

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.

Deep Packet Inspection (DPI)

Track the content of all application flows. Cyber Vision “understands” the ICS and IT protocols you use so it can profile your assets and detect abnormal behaviors or malfunctions. If you’re using a protocol Cyber Vision doesn’t support, contact us. The tool can easily be extended with new decoders.

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.

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 OT can share logical network information with IT and build security policies according to IEC 62443.

Operational insights

Maintain process integrity by tracking unexpected variable changes and Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) program modifications. Cyber Vision supports operations to work more efficiently and with reduced risk.

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 and keep you protected.

Anomaly detection

Keep your ICS safe from unknown attacks and malfunctions. Detect illegitimate modifications to your industrial assets and processes such as unexpected program downloads or variable changes.

Baseline monitoring

Detect deviations to expected process behaviors. Automatically create baselines to profile your industrial operations and define what normal should be. Create multiple baselines to focus on what is most critical to you (such as a particular asset), detect specific behaviors (such as remote access), or enable accurate detection and minimal false positives (such as during maintenance operations). Deviations immediately trigger alerts.

Manage OT security events

Enable IT/OT event correlation. Cyber Vision can automatically forward OT events and alerts to SOC platforms such as Security Information And Event Management (SIEM) and Security, Orchestration, Automation, and Response (SOAR) systems. 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.

Extension of IT security to OT

Build a unified OT/IT SOC. Cyber Vision is fully integrated with Cisco IT security platforms 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 security tools (firewalls, configuration management databases, etc.) 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.

Security built into your industrial network

Deploying OT cybersecurity can quickly become very complex, especially if the industrial network is dispersed across an entire country or many remote industrial sites. For your OT cybersecurity project to be successful, the solution you select must be able to scale easily and at a reasonable cost across your entire organization.

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.

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

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.

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

Figure 2.               

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

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 take action to maintain system integrity and production continuity. Cyber experts can easily dive into all this data to analyze attacks and find the source. Chief information security officers have all the necessary information to document their incident reports.

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.

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

Figure 3.               

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

Holistic threat detection

Cisco Cyber Vision combines protocol analysis, intrusion detection, and behavioral analysis to detect a multitude of attack techniques. This holistic approach helps ensure that Cyber Vision can detect both known and unknown attacks, as well as malicious behaviors that could be warning signs of an attack.

Cyber Vision’s detection engines leverage threat intelligence from Cisco Talos, a team of over 350 security researchers and the official developer of Snort signature files. The Cyber Vision threat knowledge base is updated several times per month to include the latest list of asset vulnerabilities and IDS signatures.

Cyber Vision’s behavioral analytics engine lets you baseline your industrial network to define what normal should be. It automatically compares the current network status with the baselines you created to detect new or deleted assets and activities as well as any changes to variables and device configurations. There is no learning period; baselines are created automatically. You can create as many baselines as you need to focus detection on what is most critical to you (for example, a particular asset or a particular behavior, such as remote access) or to ensure accurate detection and minimal false positives (such as during maintenance operations).

Cyber Vision’s comprehensive detection engines leverage Talos threat intelligence

Figure 4.               

Cyber Vision’s comprehensive detection engines leverage Talos threat intelligence

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 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.

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

Figure 5.               

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

Cisco SecureX threat response

Are you seeing an abnormal behavior in Cisco Cyber Vision? Just click the “Investigate in SecureX threat response” button to run a deeper investigation. Cyber Vision will automatically pass observables (such as IP addresses, MAC addresses, usernames, hostnames, URLs, and more) to Cisco SecureX to centrally search Cisco AMP, Stealthwatch®, Firepower®, and more, giving you a complete view of threats and activities across your IT and OT networks.

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)

Extend software-based network segmentation policies to your industrial control network through Cyber Vision’s integration with Cisco ISE. Cyber Vision shares discovered host, protocol, communications patterns, and more 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 Stealthwatch

Extend behavioral analytics by looking at telemetry from your network infrastructure. Cisco Stealthwatch 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 Firepower

Network segmentation is a key pillar to securing your network and protecting critical processes. Cyber Vision enriches host information in Cisco Firepower 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.

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.

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 1101 Industrial Integrated Services Router

Cisco Catalyst 9300 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:

     IC3000 Industrial Compute Gateway

     Cisco IE3300 Rugged Series switch

     Cisco IE3400 Rugged Series switch

     Cisco IE3400 Heavy Duty Series switch

     Cisco 1101 Industrial Integrated Services Router (IR1101)

     Cisco Catalyst 9300 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 hardware appliance scale and performance




Max components



Max number of sensors



Max number of flows stored

4 million

2 million

Cyber Vision Center virtual appliance specifications

Table 5.           Minimum specifications for the Cyber Vision Center virtual appliance


Minimum requirements*


Intel Xeon, 4 cores minimum


16 GB minimum


200 GB SSD minimum

Virtualization software

VMware ESXi 6.x or later, Microsoft Hyper-V on Windows Server 2016 or later

* These minimum VM requirements support monitoring of up to 2000 components.

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-, and 5-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 6.           Licensing tiers

Licensing levels




  Asset inventory
  Identify relationships between assets
  Generate inventory reports


  Threat Intelligence database
  Identify asset vulnerabilities
  Generate vulnerability reports

Operational insights

  History of events and asset modifications
  Highlight changes to asset configurations
  View key events on the control system
  Generate controller reports

Restful API

  REST API for integration with other platforms

Includes Essentials plus:

Intrusion Detection (IDS)

  Snort-based intrusion detection including Talos community signatures specifically curated for industrial networks

Anomaly detection

  Automated baselines for asset behaviors
  User-created baselines
  Alerts on deviations

Advanced integration

  pxGrid integration with ISE
  Send data and events to SIEM
  Kill firewall session

Talos subscriber rules for Cyber Vision IDS

(Requires Cyber Vision Advantage; licensed per IC3000 appliance and/or Center appliance deployed)

  Talos subscription signatures, specifically curated for industrial networks

Endpoint license packs are available for 100, 250, 500, 750, 1000, 2500, 5000, 7500, and 10,000 endpoints.

Ordering information

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

Table 7.           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)


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


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


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

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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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