June 2, 2023
NetNordic participated in the “Splunk Boss of the SOC” challenge and WON! Out of 350+ participating teams, NetNordic SOC demonstrated our excellence and took the honorary first place.
The Boss of the SOC competition is a blue-team version of capture the flag and our SOC security analysts were faced with having to solve realistic event data and alerts under strong time pressure.
During the competition, competitors answer a series of questions about security-related scenarios, with different types of difficulty. Points are then obtained for both accuracy and speed. The BOTS scenario challenges participants to trace the steps that led to a cyber security incident and determine the extent of the compromise. This year’s Boss of the SOC had over 16 in-person locations and over 1100 concurrent players that joined the four-hour long competition.
“Our cyber security experience and knowledge is both deep and wide, meaning that we can utilize any tools given to us and work under extreme high time pressure”Nicolas Samaneh.
The competition provided NetNordic with an opportunity to showcase our expertise and skills in identifying, investigating, and responding to real-world cybersecurity incidents in a simulated SOC environment. NetNordic security analysts used their knowledge of real-life security incidents, and our experience in how to investigate them, to find traces in the logs and be able to answer the questions as fast as possible. Our NetNordic Lions victory is a testament to the dedication, hard work, and expertise of each SOC specialist within our team, Nicolas Samaneh, Saku Mikola, Onni Knuutila, and Lauri Rantasalo – we are all so proud of you! This is an amazing achievement.
The competition closed after 240 stressful minutes. Winning this competition demonstrates our commitment to staying ahead of the curve in terms of technology and industry trends. The scoreboard displayed the 354 participating teams and the top 10 represents the best of the best in the EMEA defensive cybersecurity industry.
“For us, it was like a normal workday, because this is quite similar to how we work with each other as a team, every day”Nicolas Samaneh
The SOC service consists of the latest technology, capabilities, tools, but also our professional and rapid incident response team, monitoring the networks, 24/7/365.
The Incident Response Team is a dedicated group of high-level professionals that are ready to help our customers in any organizational IT-emergency.
Boss of the SOC (BOTS) is Splunk’s blue-team capture the flag-esque competition. The winners of EMEA BOTS 2023: NetNordic Lions!
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