- Jason Bevis – Senior Director Orchestration Product Management, Office of the CTO
- Douglas Andre – Director of Cybersecurity, PenFed Credit Union
- Seth Shestack – Director of Information Security, Temple University
- Ron Kirkland – Manager of ICT Security & Customer Service, Crawford & Company
- David Miller – Chief Executive Officer, Uzado
- Jim Hosley – Director of IT Security, Urban Outfitters
- Candy Alexander – CISO, Alexander-Advisory
- Jason Bareiszis – Incident Response Manager, Tetra Tech
- Trevor Butler – General Manager of IT, City of Lethbridge
- Fawad Khan – MS Cyber Security Fusion Center, Financial Services
- Ryan Breed – CTO, Director of Mayhem, Cascade Failure, Inc.
- Peter Clay – Principal, Zeneth Tech Partners
- 3 anonymous contributors
- Analysts cannot monitor and track events coming from multiple tools because they have no visibility into the threat environment.
- Incident management takes away time from problem management because processes are ad hoc and the continuous monitoring, collection, and analysis of massive volumes of security event data is responsive rather than tactical.
- Organizations are struggling to defend against and prevent threats while juggling business, compliance, and consumer obligations.
- 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.
- Raw data without correlation is a waste of time, money, and effort. A SIEM on its own will not provide this contextualization and needs configuration. Prevention, detection, analysis, and response processes must contextualize threat data and supplement one another – true value will only be realized once all four functions operate as a unified process.
- If you are not communicating, then 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.
Impact and Result
- A centralized security operations process actively transforms security events and threat information into actionable intelligence, driving security prevention, detection, analysis, and response processes that address the increasing sophistication of cyberthreats while guiding continuous improvement.
- This blueprint will walk through the steps of developing a flexible and systematic security operations program relevant to your organization.
This guided implementation is a twenty-five call advisory process.
Guided Implementation #1 - Assess your current state
Call #1 - Project kick-off call
Call #2 - Assess current people, process, and technology capabilities
Call #3 - Assess prevention and detection capabilities
Call #4 - Assess analysis capabilities
Call #5 - Assess response and collaboration capabilities
Guided Implementation #2 - Design your target state
Call #1 - Assess your security risk profile
Call #2 - Identify optimization tactics and techniques
Call #3 - Map out your ideal target state
Guided Implementation #3 - Develop an implementation roadmap
Call #1 - Design a sourcing strategy
Call #2 - Formalize your implementation roadmap
Call #3 - Design an actionable measurement program
Guided Implementation #4 - Establish your foundation
Call #1 - Kick-off the project.
Call #2 - Determine security obligations.
Call #3 - Assess security pressure posture.
Call #4 - Define people, process, and technology requirements.
Guided Implementation #5 - Assess your current state
Call #1 - Assess current planning and direction capabilities.
Call #2 - Assess your prevention and detection capabilities.
Call #3 - Assess your analysis capabilities.
Call #4 - Assess your response and collaboration capabilities.
Guided Implementation #6 - Design your target state
Call #1 - Conduct a capacity analysis of current security operations duties.
Call #2 - Design an optimized state of operations.
Call #3 - Identify your program gaps and map out initiatives to take you to target state.
Guided Implementation #7 - Develop your roadmap
Call #1 - Design a sourcing strategy.
Call #2 - Formalize your implementation roadmap.
Call #3 - Design an actionable measurement program.
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Onsite workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost onsite delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.
Module 1: Establish Your Foundation
- Identify security obligations and the security operations program’s pressure posture.
- Assess current people, process, and technology capabilities.
- Determine foundational controls and complete system and asset inventory.
Key Benefits Achieved
- Identified the foundational elements needed for planning before a security operations program can be built
Define your security obligations and assess your security pressure posture.
- Customized security pressure posture
Determine current knowledge and skill gaps.
- Current knowledge and skills gaps
Shine a spotlight on services worth monitoring.
- Log register of essential services
Assess and document your information system environment.
- Asset management inventory
Module 2: Assess Current Security Operations Processes
- Identify the maturity level of existing security operations program processes.
Key Benefits Achieved
- Current maturity assessment of security operations processes
Assess the current maturity level of the existing security operations program processes.
- Current maturity assessment
Module 3: Design a Target State
- Design your optimized target state.
- Improve your security operations processes with governance and policy solutions.
- Identify and prioritize gap initiatives.
Key Benefits Achieved
- A comprehensive list of initiatives to reach ideal target state
- Optimized security operations with repeatable and standardized policies
Complete standardized policy templates.
- Security operations policies
Map out your ideal target state.
- Gap analysis between current and target states
Identify gap initiatives.
- List of prioritized initiatives
Module 4: Develop an Implementation Roadmap
- Formalize project strategy with a project charter.
- Determine your sourcing strategy for in-house or outsourced security operations processes.
- Assign responsibilities and complete an implementation roadmap.
Key Benefits Achieved
- An overarching and documented strategy and vision for your security operations
- A thorough rationale for in-house or outsourced security operations processes
- Assigned and documented responsibilities for key projects
Complete a security operations project charter.
- Security operations project charter
Determine in-house vs. outsourcing rationale.
- In-house vs. outsourcing rationale
Identify dependencies of your initiatives and prioritize initiatives in phases of implementation.
- Initiatives organized according to phases of development
Complete a security operations roadmap.
- Planned and achievable security operations roadmap
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