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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

The types of WinCollect agents

Mostly, the WinCollect agent is used for centrally managing event data collection from Windows machines. But, you should know that there are two types of WinCollect agents. One is the widely used Managed WinCollect and the other is the Standalone WinCollect agent. The basic difference between the managed and standalone WinCollect agents is that managed WinCollect agents can be configured and updated from the QRadar GUI and for standalone agents, the configuration must be done locally on the Windows machine where it is installed. Standalone WinCollect agents come with a Java program that helps to configure agents on Windows machines directly.

Let us understand with examples how managed WinCollect agents work.

Managed WinCollect agents

In the following diagram, we see an implementation of the WinCollect agent in managed mode. We can see that the WinCollect agent is installed on a Windows machine.

Figure 11.1 – Managed WinCollect agent with remote polling

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