The Cisco Stealthwatch Tuning (SWAT) is a 2-day instructor-led or virtual instructor-led lab-based, hands-on course offered by the Cisco Stealthwatch Learning Services team. A strong understanding of the Stealthwatch tuning process is crucial for gaining visibility across your enterprise and detecting actionable threats. This two-day course covers all essential aspects of the tuning process, including tuning best practices, which will optimize the Stealthwatch System.

This course is intended for individuals who are responsible for tuning the Stealthwatch System, creating and maintaining policies, monitoring traffic, and obtaining and responding to actionable alarms.

Important note: This course is available only to qualified Cisco Stealthwatch customers.


After taking this course, you should be able to:
  • Describe how Stealthwatch provides network visibility through monitoring and detection.
  • Define tuning and how it helps the Stealthwatch System create actionable alarms.
  • Use the stages of the tuning process to identify workflows and best practices to operationalize Stealthwatch.


The course contains the following components:
  • Day One
    • Course Introduction
    • Cisco Stealthwatch Tuning Course Overview
    • The Purpose of Tuning
    • Understanding Security Events and Alarms
    • Defining Stealthwatch Policies
    • Classify the System
    • Lab: Classify Public and Private IP Addresses
    • Lab: Trusted Internet Hosts
    • Lab: Classify Undefined Services and Applications
    • Quiet Noisy Hosts
    • Lab: Classify Network Scanners with the SMC Web UI
    • Lab: Reclassify IPs to Reduce Noise
  • Day Two
    • Day One Review
    • Posture the System
    • Lab: Edit Role Policy
    • Host Locks and Custom Security Events
    • Lab: Host Locks and Custom Security Events
    • Response Management
    • Tiered Alarms
    • Lab: Create a Dashboard
    • Culminating Scenario: Tuning
    • Tuning Best Practices in Stealthwatch
    • Cisco Stealthwatch Tuning Course Outcomes
    • Course Conclusion

Prerequisite Knowledge

All students should have completed the following (minimum) prerequisites: