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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

QRadar Analyst Workflow

As we have seen in previous chapters, QRadar is a great security product that handles complex rules, collects different types of event and flow data, provides exceptional results in terms of performance, and helps with regulatory compliance. To enhance the user experience, QRadar Analyst Workflow provides an alternative user interface consisting of the following:

  • Search view
  • Pulse dashboards
  • Offenses view

We will discuss these components in detail in the following sub-sections.

Important note

IBM QRadar Pulse is an app like any other. It is also part of QRadar Analyst Workflow. This was done as QRadar Analyst Workflow offers a much better user experience than the legacy user interface. Pulse is part of the new user experience.

Exploring the Search view

Analysts need to perform tasks such as event searches, and the Log Activity tab in QRadar Analyst Workflow provides multiple ways to run such searches. One of these is via Ariel...