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Implementing Cisco Security Monitoring, Analysis and Response System (MARS)

Duration 4 Days



The Cisco Security Monitoring Analysis and Response System (CS-MARS) is part of the Cisco Security Management Suite which provides security monitoring for network security devices and host application made by Cisco or non-Cisco providers. In addition to event correlation and data reduction features found in SIM products, CS-MARS also provides topology awareness and automatic mitigation features. In knowing the topology of a network, CS-MARS can determine where the attack is originating and apply the appropriate remediation. CS-MARS is a key component in the Cisco Self Defending Network strategy. CS-MARS exchanges information with CS-Manager to provide a unified security management solution. For example, an administrator can view IPS signatures or the Firewall block / permit syslog messages received from sensors or firewalls. CS-MARS will communicate with CS-Manager and display the IPS signature table or firewall rule table. From there the IPS signature or firewall rule can be modified as necessary. Together CS-MARS and CS-Manager provide a unified management solution for monitoring and provisioning.



Upon completing this course, you will be able to meet these objectives:

  • Use CS-MARS to monitor security and host application devices.
  • Know CS-MARS architecture and how CS-MARS process events.
  • Know how to use archive and restore features.
  • Use CS-MARS to run / create / customize reports
  • Use CS-MARS to investigate an incident and mitigate the security threats.
  • Use CS-MARS to do customer parser for unknown devices in CS-MARS.
  • Use CS-MARS to create / customize rules that detects dark net through best practices example.
  • Know how to tune signature / log level on device side and CS-MARS side.



  • Introducing Cisco Security Monitoring, Analysis, and Response System
  • Understanding the System Architecture
  • Configuring a Cisco Security MARS Appliance
  • Adding Reporting and Mitigation Devices
  • Viewing the Summary Page
  • Managing Rules
  • Understanding Queries and Reports
  • Investigating and Mitigating Incidents
  • Working with User-Defined Log Parser Templates
  • Integrating with Cisco Security Manager
  • Managing and Administering the System
  • Troubleshooting and Optimizing Cisco Security MARS
  • Using the Cisco Security MARS Global Controller
  • Course Review



CCNA Security is a prerequisite

This course/exam is an elective for the CCSP certification. It is recommended that the learner also take SNRS v3.0, SNAF v1.0 and IPS v6.0 prior to this course/exam.

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