Security QRadar SIEM Compliance with IBM Security QRadar SIEM
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As cyberattacks become more widespread, cybersecurity compliance becomes increasingly important, not only to safeguard data subjects’ rights and their personal data, but also to assure clients and supervisory authorities of your commitment to customer data privacy. However, ensuring compliance often requires cybersecurity teams and your data controller to act across complex sets of standards, compliance requirements and data processing regulations that differ by industry and country. Automation can help monitor compliance reporting, manage data subjects’ rights and protect personal data to align cybersecurity with compliance requirements like the General Data Protection Regulation in Europe and similar frameworks.

IBM recognizes the critical importance of compliance and up-to-date certifications for clients relying on its products. IBM Security® QRadar® SIEM compliance solutions reduce the impact of data breaches and help to manage complex compliance requirements, like the GDPR compliance for EU member states, by running your SIEM log data through compliance extension for most regulatory standards free of charge. It also delivers automatic compliance reporting against standards your organization needs to meet.

You can combine IBM Security QRadar SIEM and IBM QRadar Log Insights to monitor and manage non-compliance in your organization. With advance log analytics and data processing capabilities, QRadar Log Insights can improve your readiness for audits and regulations like the GDPR compliance requirements, HIPAA and others.


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The cost of a data breach and non-compliance

Noncompliance with data privacy laws like the GDPR compliance can be costly. QRadar SIEM compliance extensions can help your company with data processing and manage personal data privacy to be compliant in a shifting compliance landscape.

USD 4.45 million

The global average cost of a data breach in 2023 was USD 4.45 million, a 15% increase over 3 years.¹

USD 1.76 million

The average savings for organizations that use security AI and automation extensively to contain data breach was USD 1.76 million compared to organizations that don’t.2

USD 5.05 million

The average cost of a data breach for organizations with high non-compliance was USD 5.05 million, 12.6% or USD 560 thousand more than the 2023 average data breach cost.3

How it works
Immediate compliance

QRadar SIEM adheres to rigorous security, availability and data privacy frameworks. It also complies with a range of industry-standard certifications and governance, such as the GDPR compliance requirements and other data protection directives. For organizations handling all types of sensitive, high-risk data, including personal data, it is crucial to protect the privacy of data subjects and ensure compliance. These standards also include:

  • Common Criteria
  • FIPS140-2 (Level 1)
  • STIG / Hardening
  • ISO 27001**
  • Section 508 VPAT reports

**ISO 27001 Operational certification available for QROC (SaaS). Software deployments are reliant on customer operational practices.

Additional compliance extensions 

Implement retention and detection policies, and security measures for meeting compliance requirements like the GDPR requirements and more, with additional extensions. These cover:

  • The General Data Protection Regulation extension (link resides outside  (GDPR)* helps organizations with personal data processing of EU residents and maintaining the privacy of data subjects in accordance with the GDPR regulation and be GDPR compliant in the European Union.
  • Federal Information Security Management Act extension (link resides outside (FISMA) helps to streamline your FISMA compliance reporting, respond to data breach notifications and meet compliance requirements. 
  • Sarbanes-Oxley extension (link resides outside (SOX) helps to maintain a Sox-compliant environment, with security measures that apply to all data types, including processing of personal data.
  • HIPAA extension (link resides outside helps to safeguard the data privacy of personal health information and meet compliance requirements for the protection of personal data.
  • ISO 27001 extension (link resides outside** helps align operations around data protection and data transfer with the compliance requirements of the ISO 27001 standards.
  • The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard extension (link resides outside (PCI DSS) helps you meet compliance requirements and safeguard against personal data breaches in payment card transactions.
  • Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act extension (link resides outside (GLBA) strengthens organizational measures for adhering to the compliance requirements of this data protection law.
  • California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)*

IBM updates these content extensions (link resides outside to help you stay up to date with the latest compliance requirements.

*Please contact your sales representative for CCPA and the GDPR compliance requirements as these requirements differ for each customer.

**ISO 27001 Operational certification available for QROC (SaaS).  Software deployments are reliant on customer operational practices.

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Simplified privacy reporting to meet legal obligations and mandates

Some regulations require breach notification within days after discovering a data privacy breach.  Data security teams can integrate data privacy reporting tasks into their incident response process to better collaborate with legal teams and data protection officer (DPO) to meet compliance requirements with IBM Security® SOAR. SOAR, fully integrated with QRadar, includes an incident response solution that supports more than 180 data privacy reporting regulations worldwide. 

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Free compliance extensions
Compliance content extension

The compliance content extension provides near-real-time rules for log data to implement general compliance and policy controls. It also delivers daily, weekly and monthly reporting on authentication activities, attack and target summaries, top malware activities, DoS activities, exploit activities and more. It helps meet compliance requirements of data privacy laws like the GDPR compliance, SOX, European Union regulations and other regulatory requirements.

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The GDPR compliance content extension 

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), or the GDPR compliance for short, content pack simplifies IBM custom properties as placeholders that are meant to be replaced by specific log sources properties. This facilitates checking off items on the GDPR compliance checklist for data controllers and meet legal obligations for mandates for EU citizens in EU member states. These controls apply to the data subjects’ rights for access, rectify, erasure, data portability and more. You can download other content extensions that include custom properties functionality with these names or you can create your own. 

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HIPAA content extension

The HIPAA content extension provides rules and reports content to implement Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) controls designed to safeguard health-related personal data. The content extension contains daily and weekly reporting on the remote access activity, top targets, top malware activity, top spam activity, traffic summaries and account management. The QRadar HIPAA Content Extension can be used to complement the QRadar Compliance Content Extension.

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PCI content extension

The IBM QRadar PCI compliance content extension provides rules and 30+ reports to monitor PCI compliance of your critical servers with payment card data. Reports include:

  • PCI Compliance Failures
  • Access to Cardholder and Trusted Systems
  • User Accounts Additions by Admin
  • Traffic to Trusted Segments
  • Incident Response (Offense Summary)
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Client stories Protecting patient data as an act of care

Mohawk worked with IBM Business Partner GlassHouse Systems to implement the IBM Security® QRadar® Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solution to quickly detect breaches and prioritize its incident response.

Leaning on automation and analytics to keep cyberthreats at bay 24x7

Pakistan’s Askari Bank turns to the IBM QRadar platform to build a new security operations center

Protecting patient data as an act of care

United Family Healthcare prioritizes threat protection and regulatory compliance with IBM Security QRadar SIEM

Protecting an international trade platform

Find out how Marco Polo Network resolves to enhance its cloud infrastructure with security features.

Property & casualty insurance company

To meet New York State compliance deadlines for its new security regulation and rapidly achieve operational sophistication, this property and casualty insurer engaged IBM Business Partner Sirius to architect, install and remotely manage an enterprise-wide IBM® QRadar® SIEM solution.

Building security operations center (SOC) solutions

Atea, a leading provider of IT infrastructure, used the IBM® QRadar® Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) platform to build security operations center (SOC) solutions that can be deployed and tuned in less than six months, improving time to value by more than a year.

Related use cases

Threat detection from center to endpoint with QRadar SIEM protects your organization in a number of ways.

Threat hunting

Incorporate IBM Security cyberthreat hunting solutions into your security strategy to counter and mitigate threats more quickly. Enhance the protection of sensitive data by reducing data breach impact and meeting compliance requirements.

Advanced threat detection 

Explore how advanced threat detection from QRadar SIEM safeguards your assets from cyber criminals in near real-time, while easing the data protection authority's workload.


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Related resources What is data compliance?

Learn how data compliance helps to handle and manage personal data as well as sensitive data in a way that adheres to security measures, compliance requirements, industry standards and internal policies involving data security and data privacy regulations.

What is SIEM?

Learn how SIEM solutions help organizations protect the privacy of data subjects’ rights by performing data collection, consolidation and sorting to respond to threats and adhere to data compliance requirements. You can also generate real-time reports for compliance requirements like the GDPR, PCI-DSS, HIPAA, SOX and other compliance requirements.

Cost of a Data Breach Report 2023

Be better prepared for data breaches by understanding their causes and the factors that increase or reduce costs. Learn all that you need to know from the experiences of more than 550 organizations that were hit by a data breach. Regulations like the GDPR and CCA may encourage organizations to increase investment in cybersecurity technologies.

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