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Cisco Security Monitoring, Analysis, and Response System 4.2.x/5.2.x
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Cisco Security Monitoring, Analysis, and Response
System 4.2.x/5.2.x
The Cisco Security Monitoring, Analysis, and Response System (Cisco Security MARS)
is an appliance-based, all-inclusive solution that provides unmatched insight and control
of your existing security deployment. Part of Cisco’s security management lifecycle, Cisco
Security MARS empowers your security and network organizations to identify, manage,
and counter security threats. It works with your existing network and security investments
to identify, isolate, and recommend precise removal of offending elements. It also helps
maintain internal policy compliance and can be an integral part of your overall regulatory
compliance solution.
Security and network administrators face numerous challenges, including:
Security and network information overload
Poor attack and fault identification, prioritization, and response
Increases in attack sophistication, velocity, and remediation costs
Compliance and audit requirement adherence
Security staff and budget constraints
Cisco Security MARS addresses these challenges by:
Integrating network intelligence to modernize correlation of network anomalies and security
Visualizing validated incidents and automating investigation
Mitigating attacks by taking full advantage of your existing network and security
Monitoring systems, network, and security operations to aid in compliance
Delivering a scalable appliance that is easy to deploy and use with the lowest total cost of
ownership (TCO)
Cisco Security MARS transforms raw network and security data into intelligence that can be used
to subvert valid security incidents and maintain compliance. This easy-to-use family of threat
mitigation appliances enables operators to centralize, detect, mitigate, and report on priority
threats using the network and security devices already deployed in your infrastructure.
The Defense In-Depth Dilemna
Information security practices have evolved from Internet perimeter protection to an in-depth
defense model in which multiple countermeasures are layered throughout the infrastructure to
address vulnerabilities and attacks. This is necessary due to increased attack frequency, diverse
attack sophistication, and the rapid nature of attack velocity—all blurring the boundaries between
the network and perimeter.
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Network access points and systems are probed thousands of times each day in an attempt to
exploit vulnerabilities. Modern blended/hybrid attacks use multiple and deceptive attack
methodologies to gain unauthorized system access and control from outside and within
organizations. The proliferation of worms, day-zero attacks, viruses, Trojan horses, spyware, and
attack tools challenges even the most fortified infrastructures, resulting in smaller reaction time,
downtime, and costly remediation.
Beyond the number of servers and network devices, each security component offers isolated event
log and alert features for anomaly detection, threat reaction, and forensics. Unfortunately, this
yields a tremendous amount of noise, alarms, log files, and false positives for operators to discern
or effectively use—assuming the time and resources are available to parse through and
understand this information. In addition, compliance legislature requires strict data privacy,
improved operational security, and maintained audit processes.
Advancing Security Information Management and Threat Mitigation
Security information and event management products logically seem to alleviate these problems—
helping you measure threats so you can manage them. These products enable operators to
centrally aggregate security events and logs, analyze this data through limited correlation and
query techniques, and generate alarms and reports on isolated events.
Unfortunately, many first- and second-generation security information and event management
products do not yield sufficient network intelligence and performance attributes to more precisely
identify and validate correlated events, better pinpoint attack paths, surgically remove threats, or
maintain high event loads. Cisco Systems addresses these security issues and management
deficiencies with a family of scalable enterprise threat mitigation appliances. The Cisco Security
MARS complements your network and security infrastructure investment by delivering a security
threat control and containment solution that is easy to deploy, easy to use, and cost-effective. The
Cisco Security MARS family of high-performance, scalable threat mitigation appliances fortifies
deployed network devices and security countermeasures by combining network intelligence,
ContextCorrelation™ features, SureVector™ analysis, and AutoMitigate™ capability, empowering
companies to readily identify, manage, and eliminate network attacks and maintain compliance.
Cisco Security MARS integrates tightly with Cisco’s premier security management suite, Cisco
Security Manager. This integration maps traffic-related syslog messages to the firewall and IPS
policies defined in Cisco Security Manager that triggered the event. Policy lookup enables rapid,
round-trip analysis for troubleshooting IPS and firewall-configuration-related network issues, policy
configuration errors, and fine-tuning defined policies.
Features and Benefits
Network Intelligent Event Aggregation and Performance Processing
Cisco Security MARS obtains network intelligence by understanding the topology and device
configurations from routers, switches, and firewalls, and by profiling network traffic. The system’s
integrated network discovery function builds a topology map containing device configuration and
current security policies, which enables it to model packet flows through your network. Since the
appliance does not operate inline and makes minimal use of existing software agents, there is little
impact on network or system performance.
The appliance centrally aggregates logs and events from a wide range of popular network devices
(such as routers and switches), security devices and applications (such as firewalls, intrusion
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detection systems [IDSs], vulnerability scanners, and antivirus applications), hosts (such as
Windows, Solaris, and Linux syslogs), applications (such as databases, Web servers, and
authentication servers), and network traffic (such as Cisco NetFlow).
Cisco ContextCorrelation
As events and data are received, the information is normalized against the topology, discovered
device configurations, same source and destination applications across Network Address
Translation [NAT] boundaries. Corresponding events are grouped into sessions in real time.
System- and user-defined correlation rules are then applied to multiple sessions to identify
incidents. Cisco Security MARS ships with a full complement of predefined rules, frequently
updated by Cisco, that identify a majority of blended attack scenarios, day-zero attacks, and
worms. A graphical rule definition framework simplifies the creation of user-defined custom rules
for any application. ContextCorrelation significantly reduces raw event data, facilitates response
prioritization, and maximizes results from deployed countermeasures.
High-Performance Aggregation and Consolidation
Cisco Security MARS captures millions of raw events, efficiently classifies incidents with
unprecedented data reduction, and compresses this information for archive. Managing this high
volume of security events requires a secure and stable centralized logging platform. Cisco Security
MARS appliances are security-hardened and optimized for receiving extremely high levels of event
traffic—more than 15,000 events per second or more than 300,000 Cisco NetFlow events per
second. This high-performance correlation is made possible through inline processing logic and
the use of embedded high-performance database system. All database functions and tuning are
transparent to the user. Onboard storage and continual compression of historical data archives to
network file system (NFS) secondary storage devices makes Cisco Security MARS a reliable
security log aggregation solution.
Incident Visualization and Mitigation
Cisco Security MARS helps to accelerate and simplify the process of threat identification,
investigation, validation, and mitigation. Security staff are often confronted with escalated events
that require time-consuming analysis for resolution and remediation. Cisco Security MARS
provides a powerful, interactive security management dashboard. The operator GUI provides a
topology map that comprises real-time hotspots, incidents, attack paths, and detailed investigation
with full incident disclosure, allowing immediate verification of valid threats.
Cisco SureVector analysis processes similar event sessions to determine if threats are valid or
have been countered by assessing the entire attack path, down to the endpoint mandatory access
conrol (MAC) address. This automated process is accomplished by analyzing device logs such as
firewalls and intrusion prevention applications, third-party vulnerability assessment data, and
through Cisco Security MARS endpoint scans to eliminate false positives. Users can quickly finetune the system to further reduce false positives.
The goal of any security program is to keep systems online and functioning properly—this is critical
for preventing security exposures, containing incidents, and facilitating remediation. With the Cisco
Security Monitoring, Analysis, and Response System, operators have a rapid means to understand
all of the components involved within an attack, down to the offending and compromised system
MAC address. Cisco AutoMitigate capabilities identify available “choke-point” devices along the
attack path and automatically provide the appropriate device commands that the user can employ
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to mitigate the threat. The results can be used to quickly and accurately prevent or contain an
Real-Time Investigation and Compliance Reporting
Cisco Security MARS features an easy-to-use analysis framework that streamlines the
conventional security workflow, providing automated case assignment, investigation, escalation,
notification, and annotation for daily operations and specialized audits. It can graphically replay
attacks and retrieve stored event data to analyze previous events. The system fully supports adhoc queries for real-time and subsequent data-mining efforts.
Cisco Security MARS offers numerous predefined reports to satisfy operational requirements and
assist in regulatory compliance efforts, including compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley, the GrammLeach Bliley Act (GLBA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and the
Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) in the United States, and the EU’s Revised
Basel Capital Framework (Basel II). An intuitive report generator can modify the more than 100
standard reports or generate new reports for an unlimited means to build action and remediation
plans, incident and network activity, security posture and audit, as well as departmental reports—in
data, trend, and chart formats. The system also provides for batch and e-mail reporting.
Network Admission Control Support
Cisco Security MARS will parse, normalize, correlate, and report on 802.1x authentication events
from both Layer 2 switches and Cisco Secure Access Control Server (ACS). Cisco Security MARS
will do the same using the Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) protocol for Layer 3 routers
and for Cisco VPN 3000 Series concentrators. This allows customers to troubleshoot device
authentication methods by determining the chain of connections between the switch, the Cisco
Secure ACS, the endpoint being validated, and the external authentication source, such as Active
Directory or network information service (NIS). Cisco Security MARS also provides centralized
reporting for Network Admission Control (NAC) Phase 1 and Phase 2 parameters that highlight the
reason for device and posture authentication failure. Examples of such reports include:
User report
User detail
Endpoint detail
Rejected endpoints report
Endpoint status queries failures qeport
Application posture token distribution report
Top ten endpoints and top ten user violations report
Remediation time by endpoint report
Rapid Deployment and Scalable Management
Cisco Security MARS is placed on a TCP/IP network where it can send and receive syslog
messages and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) traps, and can establish secure
sessions with deployed network and security devices through standard secure or vendor-specific
protocols. No additional hardware, operating system patches, licensing, or lengthy professional
service engagements are required to install and deploy the Cisco Security Monitoring, Analysis,
and Response System. Simply configure your log sources to point to the appliance and define
any network and source through the Web-based GUI. Rapidly deploy Cisco Security MARS by
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forwarding messages from existing syslog-ng or Kiwi syslog servers. This feature eliminates many
network and device changes required to insert Cisco Security MARS into an operational network.
Cisco Security MARS appliance is centrally managed through a secure Web-based interface that
supports role-based administration and authentication. The optional Global Controller appliance
centralizes expansive security operations to provide a single view of the entire enterprise and to
disseminate access privileges, configurations, updates, customized rules, and report templates, as
well as to coordinate complex investigations with accelerated queries and reports that are
processed locally.
As the local Cisco Security MARS appliances execute queries and rules across the enterprise, the
results are efficiently consolidated for rapid and centralized analysis at the system’s Global
Controller. This scalable architecture yields an additional level of distributed processing and
storage. The result is more cost-effective deployment and greater manageability, which addresses
the requirements of large and geographically dispersed organizations.
Cisco Security Monitoring, Analysis, and Response System Technical Specifications
Versioning information
The 4.2.x release will continue to support the MARS-20R, MARS-20, MARS-50, MARS-100e,
MARS-100, MARS-200, MARS-GCm, MARS-GC appliances. The 5.2.x release will support
features on new appliance models MARS-110R, MARS-110, MARS-210, MARS-GC2. There will
be significant feature parity across the two releases. Although appliance differences may make
complete feature parity impossible, it is the goal of the product team to provide near perfect feature
parity across all MARS appliances. Please refer to the release Q&A for further details.
Cisco Security MARS family offers different performance characteristics and prices to meet a
variety of organizational needs and deployment scenarios (Table 1).
Table 1.
Cisco Security MARS Products
Cisco Part Number (Local
Controller Models)
Rack Unit
Cisco Security MARS 20R
120 GB (nonRAID)
1 RU x 16 in.
Cisco Security MARS 20
120 GB (nonRAID)
1 RU x 16 in.
Cisco Security MARS 50
1 RU x 25.6
Cisco Security MARS 100e
10 hotswappable
3 RU x 25.6
500W dualredundant,
Cisco Security MARS 100
10 hotswappable
3 RU x 25.6
500W dualredundant,
Cisco Security MARS 200
10 hotswappable
4 RU x 25.6
500W dualredundant,
Events per second: Maximum events per second with dynamic correlation and all features enabled.
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Cisco Part Number (Local
Controller Models)
Rack Unit
Cisco Security MARS 110R
1,500 GB
RAID 10 hotswappable
2 RU x 27
3/4" (D);
3.44" (H); 19"
(W) in.
2x 750 W
Cisco Security MARS 110
1,500 GB
RAID 10 hotswappable
2 RU x 27
3/4" (D);
3.44" (H); 19"
(W) in.
2x 750 W
Cisco Security MARS 210
2,000 TB
RAID 10 hotswappable
2 RU x 27
3/4" (D);
3.44" (H); 19"
(W) in.
2x 750 W
Cisco Part Number (Global Controller Models)
Distributed Monitoring
Rack Unit
Cisco Security MARS GCm
20/50 only
1 TB RAID 10
4 RU x 25.6"
(D); 19" (W)
2x 500 W
Cisco Security MARS GC
Not currently
1 TB RAID 10
4 RU x 25.6
500W dualredundant,
Cisco Security MARS GC2
Not currently
2 TB RAID 10
2 RU x 27
3/4" (D);
3.44" (H); 19"
(W) in.
2x 750 W
Dynamic Session-Based Correlation
Network Based Anomaly detection, including Cisco NetFlow
Behavior-based and rules-based event correlation
Comprehensive built-in and user-defined rules
Automated NAT normalization
Topology Discovery
Layer 3 and Layer 2 routers, switches, and firewalls
Network IDS blades and appliances
Manual and scheduled discovery
Secure Shell (SSH), SNMP, Telnet, and device-specific communications
Vulnerability Analysis
Incident-triggered targeted network-based and host-based fingerprinting
Switch, router, firewall, and NAT configuration analysis
Automated vulnerability scanner data capture
Automated and user-tuned false positive analysis
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Incident Analysis and Response
Role-based security event management dashboard
Session-based event consolidation with full-rule context
Graphical attack path visualization with detailed investigation
Attack path device profiles with endpoint MAC identification
Graphical and detailed sequential attack pattern display
Incident details, including rules, raw events, common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs),
and mitigation options
Immediate incident investigation and false positive determination
GUI rule definition in support of custom rules and keyword parsing
Incident escalation with user-based “to-do” work list
Notification, including e-mail, pager, syslog, and SNMP
Integration with existing ticketing and workflow system via Extensible Markup Language
(XML) event notification
Query and Reporting
Low-latency, real-time event query
GUI that supports numerous default queries and customized queries
More than 150 popular reports, including management, operational, and regulatory
Intuitive report generation yielding unlimited customized reports
Data, chart, and trend formats that support HTML and comma seperated vector (CSV)
Live, batch, template, and e-mail forwarding reporting system
Easy to use query structure built for an effective drill down to the information in a specific
Web interface (HTTPS); roles-based administration with defined privileges
Global Controller hierarchical management of multiple Cisco Security Monitoring, Analysis,
and Reporting Systems
Automated, verified updates, including device support, new rules, and features
Continuous compressed raw data and incident archive to offline NFS storage
Device Support
Network: Cisco IOS Software; Cisco Catalyst OS; Cisco NetFlow; and Extreme
Firewall/VPN: Cisco ASA Software; Cisco PIX Security Appliance; Cisco IOS Firewall;
Cisco Firewall Services Module (FWSM); Cisco VPN 3000 Concentrator; Checkpoint
Firewall-1 NG and VPN-1 versions; NetScreen Firewall; and Nokia Firewall Intrusion
detection: Cisco IDS; Cisco IDS Module; Cisco IOS IPS; Enterasys Dragon NIDS; ISS
RealSecure Network Sensor; Snort NIDS; McAfee Intrushield NIDS; NetScreen IDP; OS;
and Symantec ManHunt
Vulnerability assessment: eEye REM, Qualys QualysGuard, and FoundStone FoundScan
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Host security: Cisco Security Agent; McAfee Entercept; and ISS RealSecure Host Sensor
Antivirus: Symantec Antivirus, Cisco Incident Control System (Cisco ICS), Trend Micro
Outbreak Prevention Service (OPS), Network Associates VirusScan, and McAfee ePO
Authentication servers: Cisco Secure ACS
Host log: Windows NT, 2000, and 2003 (agent and agentless); Solaris; and Linux
Application: Web servers (Internet Information Server, iPlanet, and Apache); Oracle audit
logs; and Network Appliance NetCache
Universal device support to aggregate and monitor any application syslog
Support additional and custom devices using the custom log parser feature
Cisco Security MARS continues to improve device support. For the comprehensive, up-to-date list
with supported version information, see
Additional Hardware Specifications
Purpose-built 19-in. rack-mountable appliances; UL, VCCI, CE, and FCC part 15 approved
Security-hardened OS with firewall with restricted services
Two 10/100/1000-MB Ethernet interfaces
DVD-ROM drive with recovery media
Ordering Information
To place an order, visit the Cisco Ordering Home Page. Table 2 lists ordering information for Cisco
Security MARS.
Table 2.
Cisco Security MARS Ordering Information
Product Name2
Part Number
Cisco Security MARS 20R for up to 50 events/second and 1500 NetFlows/second
Cisco Security MARS 20 for up to 500 events/second and 15,000 NetFlows/second
Cisco Security MARS 50 for up to 1,000 events/second and 30,000 NetFlows/second
Cisco Security MARS 100e for up to 3000 events/second and 75,000 NetFlows/second
Cisco Security MARS 100 for up to 5000 events/second and 150,000 NetFlows/second
Cisco Security MARS 200 for up to 10,000 events/second and 300,000 NetFlows/second
Cisco Security MARS 110R for up to 4,500 events/second and 75,000 NetFlows/second
Cisco Security MARS 110 for up to 7,500 events/second and 150,000 NetFlows/second
Cisco Security MARS 210 for up to 15,000 events/second and 300,000 NetFlows/second
Cisco Security MARS GCm for distributed monitoring of up to 5 Local Controller models 20
or 50
Cisco Security MARS GC for distributed monitoring of any number of all Local Controller
Cisco Security MARS GC2 for distributed monitoring of any number of all Local Controller
For additional product specifications, see Table 1.
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Service and Support
Cisco offers a wide range of services programs to accelerate customer success. These innovative
services programs are delivered through a unique combination of people, processes, tools, and
partners, resulting in high levels of customer satisfaction. Cisco services help you to protect your
network investment, optimize network operations, and prepare the network for new applications to
extend network intelligence and the power of your business. For more information about Cisco
Services, see Cisco Technical Support Services or Cisco Advanced Services.
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