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Building a Next-Gen SOC with IBM QRadar

By : Ashish M Kothekar
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Building a Next-Gen SOC with IBM QRadar

By: Ashish M Kothekar

Overview of this book

This comprehensive guide to QRadar will help you build an efficient security operations center (SOC) for threat hunting and need-to-know software updates, as well as understand compliance and reporting and how IBM QRadar stores network data in real time. The book begins with a quick introduction to QRadar components and architecture, teaching you the different ways of deploying QRadar. You’ll grasp the importance of being aware of the major and minor upgrades in software and learn how to scale, upgrade, and maintain QRadar. Once you gain a detailed understanding of QRadar and how its environment is built, the chapters will take you through the features and how they can be tailored to meet specifi c business requirements. You’ll also explore events, flows, and searches with the help of examples. As you advance, you’ll familiarize yourself with predefined QRadar applications and extensions that successfully mine data and find out how to integrate AI in threat management with confidence. Toward the end of this book, you’ll create different types of apps in QRadar, troubleshoot and maintain them, and recognize the current security challenges and address them through QRadar XDR. By the end of this book, you’ll be able to apply IBM QRadar SOC’s prescriptive practices and leverage its capabilities to build a very efficient SOC in your enterprise.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Part 1: Understanding Different QRadar Components and Architecture
Part 2: QRadar Features and Deployment
Part 3: Understanding QRadar Apps, Extensions, and Their Deployment

Re-Designing User Experience

IBM QRadar has been a pioneer when it comes to deep packet inspection and event correlation, providing out-of-the-box rules and hundreds of extensions and apps. It has been the quadrant leader in the Gartner report for the last 12 years. This is no mean feat. But one aspect where IBM QRadar needed improvement was the intuitiveness of the user interface. For the analysts and admins, using QRadar involved a relatively steep learning curve. The dashboards and results had to be analyzed and filtered to make sense. The offense investigations took a lot of effort in terms of the skill and time required from analysts. With all this feedback on the user experience, IBM QRadar came up with the QRadar Analyst Workflow app. While working on QRadar Analyst Workflow, a new app specifically for the dashboards called QRadar Pulse was also developed and published. The QRadar Experience Center app was designed for the end user to simulate attacks and observe what a real...