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Building a Next-Gen SOC with IBM QRadar

By : Ashish M Kothekar
Book Image

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 Pulse dashboard app

QRadar provides a variety of dashboards in its user interface. However, depending on your requirements, these dashboards may need a lot of customization. The problem is that the default dashboards are not very intuitive and often cannot be used as is, while customizing them takes time and research. IBM understood this challenge and created the Pulse app to provide customers with out-of-the-box dashboards for different purposes:

Figure 10.5 – Pulse dashboard app

Figure 10.5 – Pulse dashboard app

Important note

QRadar Analyst Workflow has hyperlinks or is connected to other applications including Pulse, User Behavior Analytics, Use Case Manager, and QRadar Assistant. This is done to provide a single pane of glass for all the UI dashboards needed by SOC analysts in their day-to-day work.

In the preceding figure, we can see the Summary view of the Pulse application. On this page, we can see the following components:

  • Time_Span: This determines...