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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

Managing QRadar Deployments

Security threats are evolving every day. You will find threats in cloud solutions where your applications are installed, or threats present in the form of insider threats. With a zero-trust approach, we always assume that we are being attacked. Therefore, the security solutions we use should scale up, upgrade, and integrate new technology effortlessly. For emerging threats, new features, applications, and extensions are released in QRadar regularly. Sometimes, even security products are vulnerable. For this, we need to apply security patches on these products. These security patches are provided by IBM from time to time. The aim of a QRadar admin should be to keep the QRadar system up to date by upgrading to the latest available versions.

As new products are integrated, more data is integrated into QRadar, and for that, appropriate changes are required relating to the licenses installed. A few applications may need special licenses to work.

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