Getting Started

To get started with Cisco Panoptica, create a free account on the Panoptica portal. Once logged in, you'll be able to deploy the Panoptica controller to your environment—whether VM or Kubernetes cluster—and view runtime activity, define policies, add plugins to your upstream tools, and more.

Create your Panoptica account

To create a new Panoptica account, navigate to the Panoptica app and click 'Login'. Scroll past the Login options and click Sign up at the bottom of the window.

Select whether to use existing SSO credentials from Google, Github, or Cisco, or create unique credentials for Panoptica. Click Sign Up, and you will be re-directed to the Panoptica home page.

On subsequent logins, select the SSO provider or enter your credentials directly to sign in, according to how you defined your account above.

With your account, you can deploy the Panoptica controller on a Kubernetes cluster, whether on a local host, or in the cloud.



If you use a proxy, add the domain to the allowed list.

Deploy Panoptica controller on a Kubernetes cluster

  1. Follow the steps here to connect your Kubernetes cluster to Panoptica, then download and deploy the Panoptica controller on your cluster.

Now, you can view runtime activity on your VM or cluster on Panoptica here.

You can also define runtime policy rules here to control the workload activities.


Once you have Panoptica configured and deployed on a cluster, you can go further upstream, and add plugins to your CI/CD tools. With this, Panoptica becomes aware of your bonafide workloads when they are ready to deploy from the CI/CD pipeline, and can automatically apply your runtime policies to them, protecting your environment and ensuring proper activities there.

What’s Next

If you are deploying Cisco Panoptica for evaluation or POC, see this topic for details on getting started quickly: