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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 different types of QRadar deployments

Till now, we have covered QRadar components and how they interact with each other. The different types of deployments depend on the platform on which QRadar components are deployed. In the following subsections, we will cover the five types of deployments.

QRadar appliances

IBM works with Lenovo and sells QRadar hardware in the form of M4, M5, and M6 boxes. These boxes have a preloaded ISO that already has RHEL and QRadar code. You do not need to install RHEL separately, which saves a lot of time. An ample amount of time can be required to install RHEL and configure partitions as per requirement. While installing QRadar, you can determine what component of QRadar you want to install on the box, whether it is a QRadar console or any managed host.

QRadar installed on virtual machines

QRadar can also be installed on virtual machines. Before installing, ensure that the hardware requirements are met – for example, the...