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Selecting Security Monitoring Approaches by Using the Attack Chain Model

Published: 06 August 2014

ID: G00264714

Analyst(s): Anton Chuvakin, Ramon Krikken


Implementing strong security monitoring requires an effective combination of technologies. This document compares monitoring approaches and technologies based on their effectiveness against malicious activities.

Table Of Contents



  • Aligning Security Monitoring to the Anatomy of Computer-Based Attacks
    • Using the Attack Chain Model
    • Accounting for Topology and Technology Attack Constraints
    • Protecting More Than Just Sensitive and Critical Assets
  • Use the Comparison Table to Plan: Creating a Security Monitoring Solution Road Map
    • Performing a Technology Gap Analysis
    • Performing a Technology Selection What-If Analysis
    • Prioritizing Technology Investment and Implementation


  • Evaluate Monitoring Controls Based on Both Threat and Compliance Use Cases
  • Look at Attacks Independent From the Threats That Execute Them
  • Cover Both the Unauthorized Access and Unauthorized Use Attack Phase Clusters
  • Don't Buy More Monitoring Than You Specifically Need
  • Know Your Capabilities and Maturity Regarding Monitoring and Response

The Details

  • Drivers and Use Cases for Security Monitoring
    • Security Threat Drivers
    • Regulatory Compliance Drivers
    • Driver Convergence
    • Security Monitoring Use Cases
  • An Overview of Security Monitoring Solutions

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