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Security Operations Maturity: The Sweet Spot

‎07-23-2014 10:05 AM - edited ‎06-09-2015 11:24 AM

On a maturity scale of 0 to 5, you should aim for a 3? That is exactly right.


Researchers at HP have developed a Security Operations Maturity Model (SOMM) for measuring the capabilities and effectiveness of a security operations center (SOC).  A zero rating means that an organization has no measurable capabilities.  A rating of 5 means that an organization has rigid processes in place in a tightly controlled environment. 


So 5 is a good thing, right?  Not necessarily. 


It turns out that in security operations a rating of 5 can be overkill and often leaves organizations without the flexibility to address threats and make proactive modifications as needed. Today’s adversary is nimble and we must be too. That is why HP suggests that the ideal maturity level for an enterprise SOC is a 3. An organization with a maturity level of 3 has defined and repeatable processes and procedures. They have addressed the 4 elements of a successful SOC:

  1. People
  2. Process
  3. Technology
  4. Business      alignment

These 4 elements provide consistent security monitoring while meeting compliance needs.



To learn more about the SOMM and the findings in the State of Security Operations 2014 report, download the full paper at

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