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The LogRhythm Security Operations Maturity Model (SOMM)

As the threat landscape continues to evolve, your cybersecurity efforts must follow suit. With your security operations center (SOC) at the core of your offense against threats, you must ensure that it can handle anything that comes its way. To be effective, you need to mature your SOC to stop threats early — before damage occurs.

Whether your SOC is a virtual team of two to three or a 24×7 operation, maturing your security operations capabilities will help you achieve a faster mean time to detect (MTTD) and mean time to respond (MTTR) to cyberthreats. This white paper explores LogRhythm’s Security Operations Maturity Model (SOMM), which explains how to measure the effectiveness of your security operations. Through the model, you can learn how to mature your security operations capabilities, improving your resilience to cyberthreats.

In this white paper you will learn:

  • How to understand and measure the capabilities of your SOC
  • Details about the LogRhythm Security Operations Maturity Model
  • LogRhythm’s five levels of security operations maturity
  • How to evaluate your organization’s maturity level

Understanding and Measuring the Capabilities of a Security Operations Program

Enterprises should think of security operations as a critical business operation. Like any core business operation, organizations should want to measure operational effectiveness to identify whether they are realizing KPIs and SLAs and to help baseline and mature the function. That’s why understanding the current status of your security posture is critical. It not only helps you understand your organization’s security posture, but it enables you to improve your cybersecurity efforts over the long term.

Through constant monitoring and measuring mean time to detect (MTTD) and the mean time to respond (MTTR) — the primary metrics that indicate the maturity of a security operations program — you will be materially closer to your goal to reduce your organization’s cyber-incident risk.

LogRhythm developed the Security Operations Maturity Model (SOMM) as a vendor-agnostic tool to help you assess your current maturity and plan to improve it over time. As your security operations capabilities grow, you will realize
improved effectiveness, resulting in faster MTTD and MTTR. Material reductions in MTTD/MTTR will profoundly decrease the risk of experiencing high-impact cybersecurity incidents.

LogRhythm’s model draws on a decade of organizational experience serving enterprise SOCs across the globe. It features five levels of security operations maturity. Each level builds on the prior, resulting in reduced MTTD/MTTR by strengthening capabilities through process and technology improvements. The following figure provides an illustrative example of MTTD/MTTR reductions as maturity improves.

Maturity Model Levels

The following table describes each Security Operations Maturity level in further detail, identifying the key technological and workflow/process capabilities that should be realized. The manner in which you realize each capability will vary across your organization. The important thing is that you realize the intent of the capability. For each level, LogRhythm has also described typical associated organizational characteristics and risk characteristics. This is to provide additional context to support security operations maturity assessment and planning.

You should use this model to evaluate your organization’s current security operations maturity and develop a roadmap to achieve the level of maturity that is appropriate in light of available resources, budget, and risk tolerance.

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