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.

FMCs provide complete and unified management of:

  • Firewalls
  • Application control
  • Intrusion prevention
  • URL filtering
  • Advanced malware protection

FMCs allow you to easily go from managing a firewall to controlling applications to investigating and remediating malware outbreaks.

New REST APIs Allow Other Cisco Products to Integrate with the FMC

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.

FMC REST APIs enable multiple use cases for customers and partners, including automation, migration, and compliance workflows.

REST APIs transform the FMC into a security development platform

Having REST APIs for the FMC enables our customers, partners, or other developers to create innovative applications based on FMC functionality.  Functionality we might not have yet even imagined.

Please stop by at DevNet Learning Labs Firepower FMC API Module for self-guided online learning.

If you’re going to be at Cisco Live in Barcelona, please come join me Wednesday Jan 31, 2018 9:00am in the DevNet Zone to see the power and potential of the Firepower REST API in action. You can register for session DEVNET-1698.

And see the full schedule of sessions and workshops coming to the DevNet Zone at #CLEUR.

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Krishan Veer

Technical Lead, Software Engineering

DevNet - Developer Experience