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Developing and Maintaining Security Monitoring Use Cases

By Augusto Barros | April 09, 2020 | 0 Comments

Security Operations for Technical Professionals

My favorite Gartner paper has just been updated to its 3rd version! “How to Develop and Maintain Security Monitoring Use Cases” was originally published in 2016 as a guidance framework for organizations trying to identify what their security tools should be looking for, and how to turn these ideas into signatures, rules and other content. This update brings even more ATT&CK references and a new batch of eye candy graphics! So much different than the original Visio built graphics!

This is the anchor diagram from the doc, summarizing our framework:

Some nice quotes from doc:

“Some organizations create too much process overhead around use cases — agility and predictability are required. Processes must not be too complex because security monitoring requires fast and constant changes to align with evolving threats.”

“The efficiency and effectiveness of security monitoring are directly related to the appropriate implementation and optimization of the right use cases on the right security monitoring tools.”

“Do not simply enable everything that comes with the tools. A considerable part of that content may not be aligned with the organization’s priorities, or may not be applicable to its environment.”

“Make use case development similar to agile software development by being able to quickly implement or modify a use case to adapt to changing threat and business conditions.”

I hope you enjoy it, and let me know if you have the framework implemented in your organization. Please don’t forget to provide feedback about the paper here.

Next wave of research is about Open Source tools for threat detection and response, in parallel with interesting stuff on Breach and Attack Simulation.

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