Develop a Security Operations Strategy

Transition from a security operations center to a threat collaboration environment.

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A poorly structured security operations program or the lack of one can result in:

  • Siloed operations that limit collaboration and internal knowledge sharing.
  • A lack of situational awareness, leaving the organization vulnerable to threats.
  • A waste of invested time and resources.
  • False positives that misdirect management and organizational efforts.

A formalized security operations program can help:

  • Reduce incident response times through the contextualization of incidents.
  • Enhance communication through a central knowledge portal, defined escalation procedures, and a comprehensive ticketing function.
  • Improve effectiveness of internal defense controls such as SIEM, NGFWs, IPSs, SWGs, anti-malware, and anti-spam packages.
  • Increase operational efficiency in terms of asset management, human capital management, and process optimization.
  • Increase organizational situational awareness through active collaboration between core threat teams, enriching internal security events with external threat intelligence and enhancing security controls.
  • Reduce probability of breaches while improving internal network defenses.
  • Improve standardization of prevention, detection, analysis, and response efforts.
  • Enhance overall security posture.
  • Identify the appropriate technological and infrastructure-based sourcing decisions.

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Module 1: Assess Operational Requirements

The Purpose

  • Determine current prevention, detection, analysis, and response capabilities, operational inefficiencies, and opportunities for improvement.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Determine why you need a sound security operations program.
  • Understand Info-Tech’s threat collaboration environment.
  • Evaluate your current security operation’s functions and capabilities.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Understand the benefits of refining your security operations program.
1.2 Gauge your current prevention, detection, analysis, and response capabilities.
  • Security Operations Preliminary Maturity Assessment Tool

Module 2: Develop Maturity Initiatives

The Purpose

  • Begin developing and prioritizing gap initiatives in order to achieve the optimal state of operations.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Establish your goals, obligations, scope, and boundaries.
  • Assess your current state and define a target state.
  • Develop and prioritize gap initiatives.
  • Define the cost, effort, alignment, and security benefits of each initiative.
  • Develop a security strategy operational roadmap.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Assess your current security goals, obligations, and scope.
  • Information Security Strategy Requirements Gathering Tool
2.2 Design your ideal target state.
2.3 Prioritize gap initiatives.
  • Security Operations Maturity Assessment Tool

Module 3: Define Operational Interdependencies

The Purpose

  • Identify opportunities for collaboration.
  • Formalize your operational process flows.
  • Develop a comprehensive and actionable measurement program.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Understand the current security operations process flow.
  • Define the security operations stakeholders and their respective deliverables.
  • Formalize an internal information-sharing and collaboration plan.

Activities: Outputs:
3.1 Identify opportunities for collaboration.
  • Security Operations RACI & Program Plan Tool
3.2 Formalize a security operations collaboration plan.
  • Security Operations Collaboration Plan
3.3 Define operational roles and responsibilities.
  • Security Operations Cadence Schedule Template
3.4 Develop a comprehensive measurement program.
  • Security Operations Metrics Summary
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