Gartner Research

How to Develop and Maintain Security Monitoring Use Cases

Published: 09 April 2020

ID: G00464715

Analyst(s): Augusto Barros


Use cases are a key part of security monitoring activity. A structured process to identify and implement use cases helps security and risk management technical professionals 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
  • Sprint of Use Case Implementation
    • Confirm Monitoring Tool for Use Case Implementation
    • Determine Data Source Requirements
    • Determine Use Case Context Data Requirements
    • Identify New or Affected Processes and Operational Procedures
    • Develop, Test and Promote Content to Production
    • Measure and Review Use Case Performance
    • Tune Use Case
    • Removing a Use Case
  • Measure Program Performance

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Related Guidance

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