User Behavior Analytics (UBA)

QRadar User Behavior Analytics Open Mic

In this QRadar Open Mic you learn about the User Behavior Analytics (UBA) application. This Open Mic covers the following topics:

  • About insider threats and suspicious behavior
  • What does UBA do?
  • Setting up UBA
  • Importing LDAP/AD data
  • Installing Machine Learning
  • Advanced tuning
  • Watchlists
  • New Timeline
  • Watson Advisor with UBA

User Behavior Analytics (UBA) - Use cases

This video series depicts the following specific UBA use cases:

  • QRadar Custom Offenses contributing to UBA Risk Score
  • UBA discovers the launching of restricted programs

An overview to detecting and investigating insider threats with QRadar User Behavior Analytics

Insider threats account for 60 percent of cyber attacks, and they are incredibly difficult to detect. In fact, most cases go unnoticed for months or years. Regardless of whether the insider is a malicious employee or a contractor whose credentials have been compromised, security teams need the ability to quickly and accurately detect, investigate and respond to these potentially damaging attacks.

QRadar User Behavior Analytics (UBA) analyzes user activity to detect malicious insiders and determine if a user’s credentials have been compromised. Security analysts can see risky users, view their anomalous activities, and drill down into the underlying log and flow data that contributed to a user’s risk score. As an integrated component of the QRadar Security Intelligence Platform, UBA leverages out of the box behavioral rules and machine learning (ML) models to adds user context to network, log, vulnerability and threat data to more quickly and accurately detect attacks.

In this course, you gain an initial insight into how QRadar UBA addresses these challenges.

User Behavior Analytics (UBA) - Customizing the Rules

This video explains how to customize UBA rules when integrating an additional log source.

UBA Tuning

In this video, you will learn to tune the User Behavior Analytics (UBA) settings to improve the UBA application behavior and performance.

Support for GDPR in UBA

The General Data Protection Regulation requires organizations to provide transparency about stored user data and to adhere to requests to remove all user data from their IT systems.

This video shows how QRadar UBA version 2.7 and later addresses these GDPR compliance requirements. We examine what user data is collected, and we demonstrate how to remove individual user data from UBA and stop tracking that user.

QRadar User Behavior Analytics (UBA) architecture and overview

This video provides an overview of the QRadar UBA application architecture. You learn about UBA concepts, such as the senseValue variable, risk scores, and the IBM Sense DSM. The video also shows how QRadar rules are connected to UBA, and how to access the UBA docker container and application logs.

QRadar User Behavior Analytics (UBA) setup

This video series explains the installation and configuration of QRadar User Behavior Analytics (UBA), as well as the Reference Data Import and Machine Learning apps. The last video covers the TLS setup between the Reference Data Import app and the LDAP Directory Server.

Investigating user behavior with QRadar Security Intelligence

In this lab, you learn how to use the User Behavior Analytics for QRadar (UBA) application to detect anomalous or malicious behavior. The lab comes with UBA already installed and configured. You learn to use the QRadar UBA Dashboard and how the application can help you detect malicious user behavior.  The lab also walks you through the investigation process and demonstrates the integration with QRadar Advisor with Watson. The QRadar Advisor with Watson app is also already installed and configured in the lab. To learn more about QRadar Advisor with Watson, visit the dedicated section in the Security Learning Academy, where you can run the lab that is focused on QRadar Advisor with Watson. Finally, the lab walks you through tuning the rules for user risky behavior by configuring the senseValue parameter.

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Getting Started with QRadar User Behavior Analytics

This roadmap outlines fundamental courses intended for someone who works with IBM QRadar User Behavior Analytics (UBA). These courses describe UBA architecture, review installation, and help you to deploy and use the UBA application.


Review the following courses to learn about UBA concepts and architecture, and become familiar with the user interface.


Study the following courses to become familiar with the UBA installation and how to start using the application.


In the following courses you learn about various use cases and how a Security Analyst can use UBA for user behavior investigations.