IBM® Security QRadar® SIEM consolidates log source event data from thousands of devices endpoints and applications distributed throughout a network. It performs immediate normalization and correlation activities on raw data to distinguish real threats from false positives. As an option, this software incorporates IBM Security X-Force® Threat Intelligence which supplies a list of potentially malicious IP addresses including malware hosts, spam sources and other threats. IBM Security QRadar SIEM can also correlate system vulnerabilities with event and network data, helping to prioritize security incidents.


  • Provides near real-time visibility for threat detection and prioritization, delivering surveillance throughout the entire IT infrastructure.
  • Enables more effective threat management while producing detailed data access and user activity reports.
  • Reduces and prioritizes alerts to focus investigations on an actionable list of suspected incidents.
  • Produces detailed data access and user activity reports to help manage compliance.
  • Supports easier, faster installation and includes time-saving tools and features.

IBM Security QRadar SIEM Overview

Provides near real-time visibility

  • Helps detect inappropriate use of applications, insider fraud, and advanced low and slow threats that can be lost among millions of events.
  • Collects logs and events from several resources including security devices, operating systems, applications, databases, and identity and access management products.
  • Collects network flow data, including Layer 7 data, from switches and routers.
  • Obtains information from identity and access management products and infrastructure services such as Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP); and receives vulnerability information from network and application vulnerability scanners.

Reduces and prioritizes alerts

  • Performs immediate event normalization and correlation with other data for threat detection and compliance reporting and auditing.
  • Reduces billions of events and flows into a handful of actionable offenses and prioritizes them according to their business impact.
  • Performs activity baselining and anomaly detection to identify changes in behavior associated with applications, hosts, users and areas of the network.
  • Uses IBM Security X-Force Threat Intelligence optionally to identify activity associated with suspicious IP addresses, such as those suspected of hosting malware.

Enables more effective threat management

  • Tracks significant incidents and threats, providing links to all supporting data and context for easier investigation.
  • Performs events and flow data searches in near real-time streaming mode or on a historical basis to enhance investigation.
  • Enables the addition of IBM Security QRadar QFlow and IBM Security QRadar VFlow Collector appliances for deep insight and visibility into applications (such as enterprise resource management), databases, collaboration products and social media through Layer 7 network flow collection.
  • Helps detect off-hours or unusual use of an application or cloud-based service, or network activity patterns that are inconsistent with historical usage patterns.
  • Performs federated searches throughout large, geographically distributed environments.

Supports easier, faster installation

  • Automatically discovers most log source devices and monitors network traffic to find and classify hosts and servers—tracking the applications, protocols, services and ports.
  • Includes a centralized user interface that offers role-based access by function and a global view to access near real-time analysis, incident management and reporting.
  • Groups network flow records occurring within a narrow time period as a single entry to help reduce storage consumption and conserve license requirements.

Produces detailed data access and user activity reports

  • Tracks all access to customer data by username and IP address to ensure enforcement of data-privacy policies.
  • Includes an intuitive reporting engine that does not require advanced database and report-writing skills.
  • Provides the transparency, accountability and measurability to meet regulatory mandates and compliance reporting.

QRadar SIEM : Key Benefits

First-generation SIEM technology was designed to monitor traditional security telemetry and reduce the data collected to a subset of suspected security incidents through rules and data correlation. This traditional approach to a SIEM system delivers visibility into servers, hosts and security systems but lacks the ability to collect from all possible sources or efficiently distinguish between true threats and false alarms.

  • As the only SIEM solution designed from the ground up to deliver the benefits of next-generation SIEM technology, QRadar SIEM dramatically expands visibility into network activity, virtual activity, user activity and application activity, giving network security professionals unprecedented intelligence into potential offense sources across their entire network.

  • QRadar correlates log data from the security and network infrastructure in the context of network activity in order to detect incidents that other products miss and to accurately prioritize incidents.

  • Total intelligence also includes being able to provide a full impact analysis before, during and after an attack. First generation SIEM technologies provide value when the attack is going on but they are limited in their ability to profile attackers and targets in advance of an incident for better prioritization and response. They are also extremely limited in their ability to provide full forensics in the wake of a detected incident.

QRadar's Next-Generation SIEM provides value before, during and after an attack because it incorporates behavior and context. This means better security profiling, advanced detection and complete forensics.

First-generation SIEM solutions rely on bringing multiple products together and attempt to deploy them in as a single SIEM solution. The result is an segmented solution that is unnecessarily complex, difficult to manage and even harder to scale. More importantly, filtered and selective data correlation, log duplication, multiple UI's and non-unified reporting and searching limit your ability to truly protect your network.

  • QRadar's Next-Generation SIEM was designed from the ground up to work as complete integrated solution. Unlike other offerings on the market that require the integration of multiple, distinct products and interfaces, QRadar provides a solution that, no matter what the scale requirement, offers a common platform and UI for all security intelligence tasks from searching and filtering, to reporting and response and eliminates the false choice between intelligence or simplicity that you are forced to make with first generation SIEMs.

Without automation you are dependent on your vendor to expend a large amount of time and effort simply configuring your solution for operation. This is even before they consider optimizing your solution in operation. Unlike first-generation SIEM solutions, QRadar's Next-Generation SIEM automates processes for customers from the discovery of log sources, to profiling applications and assets. Valuable out of the box content in the form of rules and building blocks is delivered with minimal customization required.

  • This content is also auto-updated on a weekly basis including content from third party intelligence sources. Thousands of out-of-the-box reports relevant to your specific roles, devices compliance regulations and vertical industry are also included. With QRadar SIEM, organizations are now better able to monitor, analyze and act with the most powerful auto-deployment, auto-prioritization, auto-reporting and efficient SIEM available.

  • Auto-discovery of log source
  • Auto-discovery of applications
  • Auto-discovery of assets
  • Auto-grouping of assets
  • Centralized log management
  • Auto-tuning
  • Automated Config Audits
  • Auto-detect threats
  • Thousands of pre-defined rules
  • Easy-to-use event filtering
  • Advanced security analytics
  • Thousands of pre-defined reports
  • Asset-based prioritization
  • Auto-update of threats
  • Auto-response
  • Directed remediation
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