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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


In this chapter, we have discussed the crux of QRadar management, which is running searches and maintaining QRadar in such a way that the searches are efficient. We have also discussed various ways in which we can tune the searches. The majority of the issues faced by customers are linked to searches. If you went through this chapter thoroughly, you should now understand the fundamentals of searches, such as the services involved, filters used, indexing, and so on. This should immensely help SOC admins to design searches and SOC analysts to run them.

The concept of SIEM revolves around gathering relevant security information, analyzing the data, and generating alerts for the SOC team. The security alerts in QRadar are called offenses because the alerts are generated when the rules laid down by the QRadar admin are offended. We will discuss the various aspects of rules and offenses in the next chapter.