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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

Understanding WinCollect

The WinCollect agent can provide centralized log management, highly customized log collection, and security monitoring for all Windows machines. WinCollect can also help us to collect logs from machines by polling logs.

WinCollect can be installed on a Windows machine, and it can even remotely poll events from other Windows machines in a network. These polled events can then be sent to QRadar. Typically, on Windows machines, the types of logs present are application logs, security logs, system logs, custom logs, and so on. It completely depends on the role of the Windows machine. If it is configured as a web server, then there is another category of logs added, called Internet Information Service (IIS) logs. So, depending on the services configured and running on a Windows machine, different types of logs can be collected by the WinCollect agent. WinCollect has pre-configured settings to collect Windows data and forward it to QRadar.

The WinCollect agent...