Gartner Research

How to Develop and Maintain Security Monitoring Use Cases

Published: 16 January 2018

ID: G00338758

Analyst(s): Anton Chuvakin, Augusto Barros


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

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