Getting Started

This topic explains how to get started with Cisco Panoptica. To use Panoptica, you will create an account, and then deploy Panoptica controller on your environment, either a VM or Kubernetes cluster.

Create your Panoptica account

You will need a Panoptica account to start. Typically, you will receive an invitation email from Panoptica. Follow the link in the email to set up an account on Panoptica console.

Navigate to the Panoptica URL to create your own account.


To create a new Panoptica account, click Sign up.


Select whether to use your credentials with Google, Github, or Cisco to log in to Panoptica (using SSO), or whether to create unique credentials for Panoptica with an email and password. Click Sign up to continue the process. When the sign up process is complete, you will be re-directed to the Panoptica home page.

On subsequent log ins, 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 Panoptica agent on a Kubernetes cluster, whether on a local host, or in the cloud.



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Deploy Panoptica controller on a Kubernetes cluster

  1. Follow the steps here to create a cluster on Panoptica, representing your Kubernetes cluster, and then download and deploy Panoptica controller on the 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 Portshift for evaluation or POC, see this topic for details on getting started quickly