Gartner Research

How to Architect and Deploy a SIEM Solution

Published: 16 October 2018

ID: G00366351

Analyst(s): Anna Belak , Augusto Barros , Anton Chuvakin


SIEM is expected to remain a mainstay of security monitoring, but many organizations are challenged with deploying the technology. This guidance framework provides a structured approach for technical professionals working to architect and deploy a SIEM solution.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

The Gartner Approach

The Guidance Framework

  • Plan
    • Understand SIEM Technology
    • Define Scope and Objectives
    • Create SIEM Business Case
    • Estimate Ongoing Resource Requirements and Costs
    • Decide on an Initial Mix of Product and Services
  • Prepare
    • Form a SIEM Team
    • Define Initial Use Cases
    • Create the High-Level SIEM Architecture
    • Selecting a SIEM Product
    • Create a SIEM Roadmap
  • Deploy
    • Deploy Basic Architecture
    • Review the Availability of Logs
    • Follow Log Source Integration Sequence
  • Follow-Up

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Planning Stage Pitfalls
  • Deployment Stage Pitfalls
  • Related Guidance

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