IBM QRadar and Cisco Firepower Partner to Deliver Advanced Threat Detection

Technology partnerships benefit customers most when partners work together to deliver more effective security. By integrating and streamlining disparate solutions, customers can reduce the time it takes to resolve security issues.

Thanks to a joint effort between Cisco Security and IBM Security, IBM QRadar customers running Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall can implement advanced threat detection with a new app from the IBM App Exchange: the QRadar App for Firepower. The app is installed as a dashboard in the QRadar user interface (UI) with its own tab, providing a place for security analysts to look at various metrics and immediately focus on critical security events reported by Firepower.

Partnering for Advanced Threat Detection

The complimentary offerings of IBM QRadar Security Intelligence Platform and Cisco Security technologies provide integrated threat defense. In the past, analysts working on security information and event management (SIEM) platforms were happy just to have the important point solutions in their security infrastructure pushing event data into the SIEM’s database. But how can an analyst understand which events are significant across dozens of information sources?

IBM QRadar’s extensible architecture allows security providers such as Cisco to personalize the user experience. No longer is a SIEM just a place where a given security vendor’s data must go for the sake of correlation and compliance. The holistic experience that SIEM platforms provide is still central to its role, but with QRadar, Cisco can now provide a parallel user experience to its own interface for the consumption of security events and crucial indicators. This can shorten the learning curve for an analyst when it comes to understanding what’s important and prioritizing the time spent reviewing certain metrics and events.

The new Firepower app’s six dashboard components are all drillable so analysts can get to the underlying data sets within the familiar QRadar event summary screens, where they can view details related to intrusion events, specific malware events, indicators of compromise (IoCs) and hosts responsible for sending or receiving malware.

Learn More and Stay Tuned

The Firepower App for QRadar is the first of several apps being developed for joint customers that will be available in the first half of 2018. Other apps coming out soon include IBM QRadar integrations with Cisco Threat Grid, Identity Services Engine (ISE), and Stealthwatch and Cloud (Umbrella and Cloudlock), as well as IBM Resilient Incident Response Platform (IRP) integrations with Cisco Threat Grid.

Download the QRadar App for Firepower for free or watch this video to learn more about the app:

Douglas Hurd

Alliance Manager - CSTA

Douglas Hurd joined Cisco in 2013 through the acquisition of Sourcefire, which he joined in 2004. He manages technical...