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Cisco Defense Orchestrator

Welcome to Cisco Defense Orchestrator

About Cisco Defense Orchestrator

Cisco Defense Orchestrator (CDO) is a cloud-based multi-device manager that facilitates management of security policies in highly distributed environments to achieve consistent policy implementation. 

CDO helps you optimize your security policies by identifying inconsistencies with them and by giving you tools to fix them. CDO gives you ways to share objects and policies, as well as make configuration templates, to promote policy consistency across devices. 

Because CDO coexists with local device managers such as the Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM), Firepower Device Manager (FDM), and SSH connections, it keeps track of configuration changes made by CDO and by other managers. It then helps you compare changes so you are confident that you are implementing the changes you want. 

CDO has an intuitive user interface that allows you to manage a wide range of devices in one place. Advanced users will also find their traditional CLI interface with some new enhancements to make management even more efficient for them. 

The CDO Dashboard

The CDO dashboards gives you a quick overview of your tenant.


Connecting CDO to Your Devices

CDO can connect directly to your devices if they have direct access to the internet. If they do not, or you want to onboard the devices using device credentials, it is considered a best practice to install a Secure Device Connector within your network for CDO to communicate with your devices. See Connect Cisco Defense Orchestrator to Your Managed Devices for more connectivity information.

Getting Started

Request a CDO Account

Contact us at We'll ask you to complete the CDO Account Request Form so that we can learn about you and why you want to use CDO. We'll create a CDO tenant for you and you can onboard your devices. You may be able to onboard devices directly to CDO or you may need to install a Secure Device Connector

See How To Request a CDO Account for more information. 

Onboard Devices

Before you onboard a device, make sure that you have successfully installed and configured your device and that you have the proper licensing. You can then onboard your device using CDO's onboarding wizard. See Onboard Devices and Services for more information. 


Manage your Devices with CDO

Learn how CDO can manage these devices: 

For a complete list of devices that CDO supports and manages, see Software and Hardware Supported by CDO.

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