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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

A next-generation QRadar sneak peek

A university in Canada worked on how they could monitor packets flowing in and out of their college network and saw whether they could find any anomaly or detect any threat. Later, a company called Q1 Labs was formed, which added event data monitoring to the flow data that was captured. Q1 Labs grew rapidly and was then bought by IBM around 2013. From that point, it was called IBM QRadar.

The IBM research team has been working on a platform where many of the different security products can be integrated seamlessly to provide more value to customers. The platform for the integration of security products is called Cloud Pak for Security, also known as CP4S. IBM has created multiple Cloud Pak solutions for data, automation, and so on.

We know that IBM QRadar is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Similarly, CP4S is based on Red Hat OpenShift technology. This helps us to install CP4S wherever Red Hat OpenShift can be installed, so CP4S can be installed...