How to Plan, Design, Operate and Evolve a SOC

Archived Published: 14 October 2016 ID: G00301447

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Technical professionals pursuing a more mature security practice may decide to centralize all or part of those activities into a SOC. This guidance presents security architects with a structured approach to plan, establish and efficiently operate a modern SOC.

Table of Contents

  • Problem Statement
  • The Gartner Approach
    • Scope
  • The Guidance Framework
    • Prework
      • Motivation and Drivers
      • Who Can (or Should) Have a SOC?
      • SOC and External Help
      • The SOC Business Case
    • Planning
      • Defining Your SOC Characteristics
      • Organizational Structure of Your SOC
      • Outsourcing SOC Components
      • External Links of a SOC
    • Implementing the SOC
      • SOC Processes
      • SOC Technology
      • The SOC Team
      • The SOC Implementation Project
    • Operating the SOC
      • Running a 24/7 Operation
      • Workforce Management
      • Working With a MSSP
      • Measuring the SOC Performance
    • Evolving and Expanding the SOC
      • Hunting and Data Exploration, Threat Discovery
      • Shifting Away From Alerts-Only Model
      • Increased Automation and Use of Orchestration Tools
      • Introduction of Deception Techniques
      • Threat Intelligence Production
      • Increased Use of Advanced Analytics Tools
      • Blue, Red and Purple Teams
      • The SOC Maturity Scale
  • Risks and Pitfalls
    • Related Guidance
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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