IBM QRadar Review

In general, if you have any botnets or malware, you identify and mitigate it. The biggest challenge is in the upgrade.


What is most valuable?

It gives me insight and visibility, so I can detect a threat coming in and all the offenses are coming in from monitoring one spot.

How has it helped my organization?

We're centralizing all the logs in one location. So, if you have an incident, you can definitely discover it fairly quickly, as it's in one database. In general terms, if you have any botnets or malware, you identify and mitigate it fairly quickly.

What needs improvement?

The biggest challenge is in the upgrade, e.g., when it comes down to a new OS, you have to wipe it clean and reset everything. It takes time when you have 40-50 devices all over the place. It's impossible sometimes to go out and touch every single one of them. So, then, if it's an automatic process, you can upgrade to the new version in just point and click. However, that's not the case right now.

WinCollect is a challenge also, and I'd highly recommend that the Q1 team should build a lot of Windows-based collectors that simply work. Just like the competitor, Spunk, when you put it in, you don't have to do too much modifications. So, that's a challenge right now.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The environment is pretty stable. We just upgraded about a year ago, so it's pretty robust in the environment that we have. It's working really well for us, we've been using it for about 10+ years. We bought it before IBM purchased them.

How is customer service and technical support?

We interact with IBM regularly, so we have a direct tie with them. We're almost like a partner, right now, and we are working very well together.

The technical support is pretty good, i.e., if you get the right person in, it moves pretty fast and issues are resolved fairly quickly. But, you just need to find the right person, which can be a little difficult sometimes.

How was the initial setup?

The setup is very complex; it's not like somebody can walk in and build it. It requires many years of experience to manage and maintain it. You need to have at least an experienced and dedicated team, in order to maintain the environment that we have. It's nothing like a click-and-done type; it requires a lot of care and feeding to manage the environment.

What other advice do I have?

It's a very solid product. However, there are a lot of things that can be improved.

Definitely get a team or hire a professional to install this product. Otherwise, I guarantee you're not going to be successful. There is a lot of filtering that needs to be done; otherwise, you are going to get overwhelmed with the events coming in and will have no idea, as to what is right and wrong. You definitely want to hire a trained team or some professionals.

The price is the most important criteria when selecting a vendor. Other factors such as the quality of the product, PoC, how well the team interacts and the support, are always important.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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