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Cisco Software-Defined Access

A more secure and agile network for your modern enterprise

Your IT operations can be more efficient, your network more secure, and your user experience more consistent across wired and wireless infrastructure with our advanced solution for automating user policy and network access. Cisco SD-Access, a solution within Cisco DNA, defines a uniform policy-based wired and wireless network fabric that meets business needs with security, automation, and assurance.

A renewed focus on business resilience

Our world is facing an acceleration in the frequency, diversity, and impact of disruptions. Planning your network to help your organization respond to the unexpected is now more important than ever.

Features and benefits

SD-Access augments the Cisco DNA Center capabilities of automation and assurance. It also provides a software-defined approach for network segmentation, critical for establishing a zero-trust network. With the SD-Access fabric, you can:

Enhance visibility

Use advanced analytics for endpoint identification and compliance. Employ AI and ML techniques to classify endpoints into logical groups.

Leverage policy analytics

Analyze traffic flows between groups and define group-based access policies. Use a simple GUI to author and enforce policies.

Segment to secure

Automatically set up network devices for two-level segmentation for zero-trust security and regulatory compliance.

Extend policies

Utilize Cisco intent-based networking (IBN) multidomain architecture for consistent access and security-policy enforcement throughout the enterprise.

Components of SD-Access


Optimize, personalize, and secure your wireless network.


Get a single fabric to help simplify and secure your digital-ready network.


Provide access to applications, services, and integrated technologies.

Cisco DNA Center

Manage SD-Access across the entire network with a central dashboard.

Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE)

Simplify delivery of intent-based policy for users and devices​.

Cisco DNA software

Make it easier to buy, manage, and upgrade your network and infrastructure software.


Explore the services we offer for switches, routers, and wireless.

Cisco DevNet

Extend automation across the enterprise with open APIs​.

Enjoy flexibility with Cisco DNA software subscriptions

Choose from three subscription tiers: Cisco DNA Essentials, Cisco DNA Advantage, and Cisco DNA Premier. Our flexible software suites are designed to address your automation and segmentation requirements with rich security.

New Cisco DNA Center software release

Now make your network faster, more secure, and more usable. Identify endpoints and visualize traffic flows to define access policies, give users more control, and get ready to tap the power of Wi-Fi 6.

Group-based policy simplifies network segmentation

Visualize, define, enforce: See how SD-Access makes securing your workplace a simple three-step process.​

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Accelerate your success with services from Cisco Customer Experience

Confidently move to a secure, automated, intent-based network with expert guidance, proven experience, best practices, and innovative tools.

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