How to Develop and Maintain Security Monitoring Use Cases

Published: 16 January 2018 ID: G00338758

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Use cases are a core facet of security monitoring activities. A structured process to identify, prioritize, implement and maintain use cases allows technical professionals to align monitoring efforts to security strategy, choose best-fit solutions and maximize the value of security monitoring tools.

Table of Contents

  • Problem Statement
  • The Gartner Approach
  • The Guidance Framework
    • Prework
    • Identify Use-Case Candidates
      • Threat-Oriented Use Cases
      • Control-Oriented Use Cases
      • Asset-Oriented Use Cases
      • Identifying Candidates
      • Popular Starter Use Cases
    • Prioritize Use-Case Candidates
    • Individual Use-Case Life Cycle
      • Sprint of Use-Case Implementation
      • Review Use-Case Results
      • Tuning a Use Case
      • Removing a Use Case
    • Measure Process Performance
  • Risks and Pitfalls
    • Related Guidance
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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