Develop a Security Operations Strategy


Transition from a traditional SOC to a threat aware and adaptive detection and response capability. 

Major Business Pain Points

  • There is an onslaught of security data – generating information in different formats, storing it in different places, and forwarding it to different locations.
  • The organization lacks a dedicated enterprise security team. There is limited resourcing available to begin or mature a security operations center.
  • Many organizations are developing ad hoc security capabilities that result in operational inefficiencies, the misalignment of resources, and the misuse of security technology investments. 
  • It is difficult to communicate the value of a security operations program when trying to secure organizational buy-in to gain the appropriate resourcing.
  • There is often limited communication between security functions due to a centralized security operations organizational structure. 

Recommendations

Key Points

  1. 1
    Security operations is no longer a center, but a process.The need for a physical security hub has evolved into the virtual fusion of prevention, detection, analysis, and response efforts. When all four functions operate as a unified process, your organization will be able to proactively combat changes in the threat landscape. 
  2. 2
    Functional threat intelligence is a prerequisite for effective security operations – without it, security operations will be inefficient and redundant. Eliminate false positives by contextualizing threat data, aligning intelligence with business objectives, and building processes to satisfy those objectives.
  3. 3
    If you are not communicating, you are not secure.  Collaboration eliminates siloed decisions by connecting people, processes, and technologies. You leave less room for error, consume fewer resources, and improve operational efficiency with a transparent security operations process.

Approach

  • A unified security operations process actively transforms security events and threat information into actionable intelligence, driving security prevention, detection, analysis, and response processes, addressing the increasing sophistication of cyberthreats, and guiding continuous improvement. 
  • This blueprint will walk through the steps of developing a flexible and systematic security operations program relevant to your organization. 

Methodology and Tools

Executive Brief

Read the concise Executive Brief to find out why you should enhance your security operations program and review the methodology. 

  • Develop a Security Operations Strategy – Executive Brief
  • Develop a Security Operations Strategy – Phases 1-3

1. Assess your current state

Assess current prevention, detection, analysis, and response capabilities. 

  • Develop a Security Operations Strategy – Phase 1: Assess Operational Requirements
  • Security Operations Preliminary Maturity Assessment Tool

2. Develop maturity initiatives

Design your optimized state of operations. 

  • Develop a Security Operations Strategy – Phase 2: Develop Maturity Initiatives
  • Information Security Requirements Gathering Tool
  • Concept of Operations Maturity Assessment Tool

3. Define operational interdependencies

Identify opportunities for collaboration within your security program. 

  • Develop a Security Operations Strategy – Phase 3: Define Operational Interdependencies 
  • Security Operations RACI Chart & Program Plan
  • Security Operations Program Cadence Schedule Template
  • Security Operations Collaboration Plan
  • Security Operations Metrics Summary Document

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