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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

WinCollect – the Agent for Windows

Over the years, there has been no other operating system as popular as the Windows operating system. In the recent past, many IT professionals have adopted Linux over Windows, but still, most machines run on the Windows operating system.

When we think of SIEM and the number of endpoints any SIEM will cater to, we know that the majority of these endpoints will be Microsoft Windows machines. Whether on enterprise servers or desktops, the Windows operating system is popular worldwide.

To cater to this requirement, the IBM QRadar team came up with a Windows-specific agent. This agent is known as WinCollect. In this chapter, we will understand the fundamentals of WinCollect, which will be detailed under the following topics:

  • Understanding WinCollect
  • Types of WinCollect agents
  • Tuning WinCollect