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Implementing agile security response

February 21, 2022

The essential security operations solution checklist

How would you rate your organization’s ability to respond to security threats and vulnerabilities?
Use this short checklist to evaluate how the right security operations solution could support your enterprise.

Does your security operations solution:

Rely on a single source of truth across security and IT?
All responders need access to the latest data. A shared system allows security and IT teams to coordinate responses.

Integrate with the configuration management database (CMDB)?
With CMDB integration, analysts can quickly identify affected systems, their locations, and how vulnerable they are to multiple attacks.

Prioritize all security incidents and vulnerabilities?
The best way to handle an overload of alerts is to automatically prioritize them based on their potential impact to your organization. Analysts need to know exactly which systems are affected and any subsequent consequences for related systems.

Automate basic security tasks?
Analysts need critical information in seconds to respond to security threats. Automating manual tasks like threat enrichment can help with consolidating the response process quickly.

Ensure your security runbook is followed?
Workflows are critical for ensuring adherence to your security runbook. Security playbooks enable Tier 1 personnel to perform actual security work, while more experienced security professionals focus on hunting down complex threats.

Quickly identify authorized approvers and subject matter experts?
It must be easy to identify authorized approvers and experts, and quickly escalate issues if service level agreements (SLAs) aren’t met — while ensuring the security of “need to know” data.

Respond faster with orchestration?
Take action from a single console that can interact with other security tools to speed up remediation.
Collect detailed metrics to track performance, drive post-incident reviews, and enable process improvements?
You need to be able to track team performance and collect data for reviews. Metrics captured in dashboards, reports, or post-incident reviews provide trend data to support improvements.

In short, the right solution enables efficient response to incidents and vulnerabilities and connects security and IT teams. It also lets you clearly visualize your security posture. For the CISO and security team, it’s an integrated security orchestration, automation, and response platform that answers the question, “Are we secure?”

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