Continuous Monitoring Toolkit

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Assure your organization supports system authorization, continuous monitoring, threat detection and response, hunting, compliance, and related enterprise level security activities that feeds into an enterprise cybersecurity scorecard.

More Uses of the Continuous Monitoring Toolkit:

  • Update CTO on the ongoing compliance, security strategies, incidents, and security capacity (coverage of current and future security programs in terms of head count, effort and budgetary impact).

  • Identify opportunities for implementing, adopting or enhancing analytics as part of every assurance and continuous monitoring initiative.

  • Oversee the continuous monitoring and protection of information processing resources and serve as the focal point for enterprise security incident response planning and execution.

  • Be accountable for computing metrics and KPIs related to corporate finances, internal processes and product usage, to help executives track your organization of the business is real time.

  • Be accountable for curating a shared corporate data model that helps all teams to foster collaboration and communication about customers, products and end to end processes.

  • Be certain that your organization directs management teams who are documenting policies, procedures and standards based upon guidance from corporate security management.

  • Apply cybersecurity knowledge in leading an identity and access management (iam) to analyze, design, and support a continuous monitoring solution.

  • Analyze and troubleshoot business software needs and issues; coordinate with programmers for solutions and communicate with appropriate personnel regarding changes.

  • Provide consultation and leadership to all areas of your organization for business continuity, incident management and disaster recovery planning.

  • Be the liaison between management, users and Information Technology (IT) if there are end user problems or issues with security and compliance programs.

  • Ensure your organization continuous monitoring, negotiating, and adjusting of all contracts, expenses or agreements associated with the logistics operations function.

  • Support devops techniques as continuous improvement, release planning, continuous integration, continuous delivery, continuous testing, and continuous monitoring and feedback.

  • Confirm your organization coordinates sorting and containment activities when necessary, conducts root cause analysis, and ensures corrective/preventative action implementation through interdepartmental cooperation.

  • Develop: complete annual service plan for area of responsibility, administer and implement system of continuous monitoring and evaluation of activities.

  • Arrange that your organization provides performance data for individual management portfolios through the processing and reconciliation of accounting in the appropriate system.

  • Maintain integrity of security systems by keeping the system applications and software updated with current department requirements.

  • Confirm your organization supports as representative of Quality to ensure compliance with internal, external, and customer audits based on defined internal and external standards.

  • Be accountable for gaining situational awareness through continuous monitoring of network and other IT assets for signs of attack, anomalies, and inappropriate activities.

  • Manage external web organization, which provides technical support, development and other support of the website; collaborate with IT on hosting, licensing and budget planning.

  • Validate solutions and determine improvements to lower costs, enhance efficiency, improve the reliability of monitoring security related information.

  • Secure that your organization distinguishes appropriately between what should be done oneself and what should be done by others, and delegates all appropriate tasks.

  • Audit: monitor the controls and standards established to ensure security is baked into the process of evaluating and procuring new technologies and applications.

  • Inspire confidence towards goal achievement as the human bridge between departments, organization wide direction, and ground level execution.

  • Establish: traceability and monitoring continuous monitoring, documenting of requirements, communication and collaboration activities and interventions across the lifecycle of the program and projects.

  • Manage to manage technology support systems by developing and implementing effective and efficient policies and procedures for technical support customer service.


Save time, empower your teams and effectively upgrade your processes with access to this practical Continuous Monitoring Toolkit and guide. Address common challenges with best-practice templates, step-by-step work plans and maturity diagnostics for any Continuous Monitoring related project.

Download the Toolkit and in Three Steps you will be guided from idea to implementation results.

The Toolkit contains the following practical and powerful enablers with new and updated Continuous Monitoring specific requirements:

STEP 1: Get your bearings

Start with...

  • The latest quick edition of the Continuous Monitoring Self Assessment book in PDF containing 49 requirements to perform a quickscan, get an overview and share with stakeholders.

Organized in a data driven improvement cycle RDMAICS (Recognize, Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control and Sustain), check the…

  • Example pre-filled Self-Assessment Excel Dashboard to get familiar with results generation

Then find your goals...

STEP 2: Set concrete goals, tasks, dates and numbers you can track

Featuring 996 new and updated case-based questions, organized into seven core areas of process design, this Self-Assessment will help you identify areas in which Continuous Monitoring improvements can be made.

Examples; 10 of the 996 standard requirements:

  1. Do you have a process to transition continuous auditing activities to continuous monitoring activities in order to embed as key controls directly within your organization process?

  2. How do you optimally design, configure, and deploy a cloud environment to support your compute workloads with the most resilient, scalable, and cost efficient approaches?

  3. How do you best use cloud services, and leverage the many options, consumption and procurement models, pricing discounts, and billing & payment methods?

  4. Do you audit IAM users to identify changes being made, ensure MFA is used, and ensure access keys are properly rotated according to best practices?

  5. Have the built in policies provided you with a better understanding of what controls are needed for security governance and/or external compliance?

  6. How are you able to unlock the value of governance through cloud based analytic solutions, to achieve improved findings with continuous monitoring?

  7. Is detecting and risk scoring vulnerabilities that leave a system vulnerable to malware/botnets without detecting the malware itself acceptable?

  8. Can the process of assessing security and verifying that systems meet required security policies be automated and performed on a regular basis?

  9. Does your monitoring program have an innovative approach with the flexibility to accommodate a continuously changing regulatory environment?

  10. What are the policies and procedures for program approval, determination of outcome standards and level, monitoring, management and review?

Complete the self assessment, on your own or with a team in a workshop setting. Use the workbook together with the self assessment requirements spreadsheet:

  • The workbook is the latest in-depth complete edition of the Continuous Monitoring book in PDF containing 996 requirements, which criteria correspond to the criteria in...

Your Continuous Monitoring self-assessment dashboard which gives you your dynamically prioritized projects-ready tool and shows your organization exactly what to do next:

  • The Self-Assessment Excel Dashboard; with the Continuous Monitoring Self-Assessment and Scorecard you will develop a clear picture of which Continuous Monitoring areas need attention, which requirements you should focus on and who will be responsible for them:

    • Shows your organization instant insight in areas for improvement: Auto generates reports, radar chart for maturity assessment, insights per process and participant and bespoke, ready to use, RACI Matrix
    • Gives you a professional Dashboard to guide and perform a thorough Continuous Monitoring Self-Assessment
    • Is secure: Ensures offline data protection of your Self-Assessment results
    • Dynamically prioritized projects-ready RACI Matrix shows your organization exactly what to do next:


STEP 3: Implement, Track, follow up and revise strategy

The outcomes of STEP 2, the self assessment, are the inputs for STEP 3; Start and manage Continuous Monitoring projects with the 62 implementation resources:

  • 62 step-by-step Continuous Monitoring Project Management Form Templates covering over 1500 Continuous Monitoring project requirements and success criteria:

Examples; 10 of the check box criteria:

  1. Team Operating Agreement: What are some potential sources of conflict among team members?

  2. Initiating Process Group: Do you understand the communication expectations for this Continuous Monitoring project?

  3. Risk Register: Have other controls and solutions been implemented in other services which could be applied as an alternative to additional funding?

  4. Team Operating Agreement: Must your team members rely on the expertise of other members to complete tasks?

  5. Change Management Plan: Is there a support model for this application and are the details available for distribution?

  6. Activity Duration Estimates: Consider the common sources of risk on information technology Continuous Monitoring projects and suggestions for managing them. Which suggestions do you find most useful?

  7. Risk Audit: The halo effect in business risk audits: can strategic risk assessment bias auditor judgment about accounting details?

  8. Stakeholder Analysis Matrix: Identify the stakeholders levels most frequently used –or at least sought– in your Continuous Monitoring projects and for which purpose?

  9. Initiating Process Group: What input will you be required to provide the Continuous Monitoring project team?

  10. Scope Management Plan: Are internal Continuous Monitoring project status meetings held at reasonable intervals?

Step-by-step and complete Continuous Monitoring Project Management Forms and Templates including check box criteria and templates.

1.0 Initiating Process Group:

  • 1.1 Continuous Monitoring project Charter
  • 1.2 Stakeholder Register
  • 1.3 Stakeholder Analysis Matrix

2.0 Planning Process Group:

  • 2.1 Continuous Monitoring project Management Plan
  • 2.2 Scope Management Plan
  • 2.3 Requirements Management Plan
  • 2.4 Requirements Documentation
  • 2.5 Requirements Traceability Matrix
  • 2.6 Continuous Monitoring project Scope Statement
  • 2.7 Assumption and Constraint Log
  • 2.8 Work Breakdown Structure
  • 2.9 WBS Dictionary
  • 2.10 Schedule Management Plan
  • 2.11 Activity List
  • 2.12 Activity Attributes
  • 2.13 Milestone List
  • 2.14 Network Diagram
  • 2.15 Activity Resource Requirements
  • 2.16 Resource Breakdown Structure
  • 2.17 Activity Duration Estimates
  • 2.18 Duration Estimating Worksheet
  • 2.19 Continuous Monitoring project Schedule
  • 2.20 Cost Management Plan
  • 2.21 Activity Cost Estimates
  • 2.22 Cost Estimating Worksheet
  • 2.23 Cost Baseline
  • 2.24 Quality Management Plan
  • 2.25 Quality Metrics
  • 2.26 Process Improvement Plan
  • 2.27 Responsibility Assignment Matrix
  • 2.28 Roles and Responsibilities
  • 2.29 Human Resource Management Plan
  • 2.30 Communications Management Plan
  • 2.31 Risk Management Plan
  • 2.32 Risk Register
  • 2.33 Probability and Impact Assessment
  • 2.34 Probability and Impact Matrix
  • 2.35 Risk Data Sheet
  • 2.36 Procurement Management Plan
  • 2.37 Source Selection Criteria
  • 2.38 Stakeholder Management Plan
  • 2.39 Change Management Plan

3.0 Executing Process Group:

  • 3.1 Team Member Status Report
  • 3.2 Change Request
  • 3.3 Change Log
  • 3.4 Decision Log
  • 3.5 Quality Audit
  • 3.6 Team Directory
  • 3.7 Team Operating Agreement
  • 3.8 Team Performance Assessment
  • 3.9 Team Member Performance Assessment
  • 3.10 Issue Log

4.0 Monitoring and Controlling Process Group:

  • 4.1 Continuous Monitoring project Performance Report
  • 4.2 Variance Analysis
  • 4.3 Earned Value Status
  • 4.4 Risk Audit
  • 4.5 Contractor Status Report
  • 4.6 Formal Acceptance

5.0 Closing Process Group:

  • 5.1 Procurement Audit
  • 5.2 Contract Close-Out
  • 5.3 Continuous Monitoring project or Phase Close-Out
  • 5.4 Lessons Learned



With this Three Step process you will have all the tools you need for any Continuous Monitoring project with this in-depth Continuous Monitoring Toolkit.

In using the Toolkit you will be better able to:

  • Diagnose Continuous Monitoring projects, initiatives, organizations, businesses and processes using accepted diagnostic standards and practices
  • Implement evidence-based best practice strategies aligned with overall goals
  • Integrate recent advances in Continuous Monitoring and put process design strategies into practice according to best practice guidelines

Defining, designing, creating, and implementing a process to solve a business challenge or meet a business objective is the most valuable role; In EVERY company, organization and department.

Unless you are talking a one-time, single-use project within a business, there should be a process. Whether that process is managed and implemented by humans, AI, or a combination of the two, it needs to be designed by someone with a complex enough perspective to ask the right questions. Someone capable of asking the right questions and step back and say, 'What are we really trying to accomplish here? And is there a different way to look at it?'

This Toolkit empowers people to do just that - whether their title is entrepreneur, manager, consultant, (Vice-)President, CxO etc... - they are the people who rule the future. They are the person who asks the right questions to make Continuous Monitoring investments work better.

This Continuous Monitoring All-Inclusive Toolkit enables You to be that person.


Includes lifetime updates

Every self assessment comes with Lifetime Updates and Lifetime Free Updated Books. Lifetime Updates is an industry-first feature which allows you to receive verified self assessment updates, ensuring you always have the most accurate information at your fingertips.