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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


In this chapter, we have discussed in a very simplified manner how QRadar can be managed. It is important to understand the fundamentals behind how QRadar is designed to be upgraded and scaled. During an upgrade, do follow the pre-upgrade checks. Many times, the pre-upgrade checks can fail. In such scenarios, open a case with IBM Support. Do not upgrade if the pre-upgrade checks fail. For scaling of QRadar, there are two factors to keep in mind – licensing and which components to use.

Once you master the skill of managing QRadar deployments, you have eliminated more than 80% of the issues that could eat up your time and efforts as a team. You will have more resources available to focus on integrating your security solutions with QRadar. In the upcoming chapter, we will learn how to integrate different data in QRadar.