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For those of you who do not know what a Firepower Management Center (FMC) is?

The Firepower Management Center (FMC) helps manage and monitor Cisco Next Generation Firewalls, also known as Firepower Threat Defense (FTD) systems, and legacy Firepower Devices. FMCs are your administrative nerve center for managing critical Cisco network security solutions. They provide complete and unified management of firewalls, application control, intrusion prevention, URL filtering, and advanced malware protection. FMCs allow you to easily go from managing a firewall to controlling applications to investigating and remediating malware outbreaks.

Before the FMC’s 6.1 release, the management console could only be accessed via a web-based GUI. In version 6.1, we have released the first set of REST APIs to access some of the most desired features of FMC. The features we expose via REST APIs are already supported on the FMC via its web GUI.

So, if the features are already available in the GUI, why are we providing these REST APIs? This is just another way of doing the same thing.  What do APIs get us?

Well, first, the REST API allows other Cisco products to integrate with the FMC to provide an enhanced solution.  Second, if you have existing applications, REST APIs provide an easy way to integrate the FMC with those applications. Finally, if you have certain workflows for your specific use cases that you currently perform using the UI, REST APIs let you automate those workflows.

REST APIs transform the FMC into a security development platform enabling our customers, partners or other developers to create innovative applications based on FMC functionality, which we might not have even imagined.


Come join us at Cisco Live Berlin 2017 to see the power and potential of the REST API at two workshop sessions

     Firepower Management Center REST APIs (please register here)

Wednesday, Feb 22, 9:00 a.m

Krishan Veer (

Firepower management APIs provide an industry standard programmable management interface (using RESTful API and JSON) to facilitate setup, configuration, and policy management of Firepower devices. FMC REST APIs enable multiple use cases for customers and partners, including automation, migration, and compliance workflows.

Network Threat Defense for the developers (please register here)

Wednesday, Feb 22 , 2017 3:00 p.m

Pramod Chandrashekar (

The latest Cisco Next Generation Firewall offering brings a number of new and exciting threat detection and prevention technologies to the security professional's toolbox. We will explore configuration of threat centric rules and analysis of security events using APIs.

Please note: Firepower management center REST APIs is a prerequisite for this session.

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