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THWACK [Mini] Mission: Security Double Down

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Inside vulnerabilities… external threats? Today’s security risks come at you from every direction—and managing it all can get tricky when you have to consider both sides of the equation. Let’s face it, security is hard to lock down, no matter how many users or how much infrastructure you manage.

This month, we are introducing a security-focused bonus mission that doubles down on solutions that can help you take on threats, no matter which side of the firewall they’re on. We’ll look at helpful new product capabilities and quiz you on the essentials you need to watch your threats—inside and out.

Two essential security products. One prize-packed mission. Let’s get started!


Use the mission’s resources to complete the tasks and answer the questions for a chance to win!

Correctly answer each question during the week and you'll be entered for a chance to win the weekly prize.

Correctly answer all 10 questions over the course of the month and you'll be entered for a chance to win the grand prize: Echo Dot

Want to join the mission, but not a member? Sign up FREE now!


Weekly Prizes & Drawing Dates:

November 12, 2018: Roku Ultra

November 19, 2018: Retro Game Console

Grand Prize

November 19 2018: Echo Dot

150 points are being awarded for each correctly answered question. There are 10 questions, which means you can earn a maximum of 1,500 points for this mission.


Complete either of the mission shortcuts to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK® points & enter to win a Microsoft XBOX One S 500 GB! (Up to 2 Entries)

Shortcut #1:

  1. Start your FREE trial of Access Rights Manager
  2. Take a screenshot of your Dashboard with your number of User's.
  3. Submit your screenshot below.


Shortcut #2:

  1. Request your demo of Threat Monitor
  2. Click on the Alarms Button from the Threat Monitor UI
  3. In the Alarms UI, click on the “Mass Account Deletion” option in the Simulation selection drop down menu.
  4. Click on the “Multiple AD Login Failures” option in the Simulation selection drop down menu.
  5. Scroll down to the “Latest Alarms” section of the UI and take a screenshot
  6. Submit your screenshot below.



A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on November 5, 2018. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until November 18, 2018. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.

Weekly PrizesMonTueWedThuFriWinners
Week 1: Complete questions 1-5 by November 11, 2018 to be entered to win: Roku Ultra
Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by November 18, 2018 to be entered to win: Retro Game Console

Correctly answer all 10 questions by November 18, 2018 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Echo Spot

Monthly Mini Mission Terms and Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia

Monthly Mini Mission Shortcut Terms and Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia


Woohoo! Another mini mission! Thanks, THWACK GEEKS!!

Level 20

Mini Mission two months in a row!  This is kinda weird one product is a SIEM SaaS offering and the other is a German made windows server install application that used to be called 8MAN.

Level 10

More mission goodness. The prizes look great for this. I hope to nab something here. *crossing fingers*

Thank you all for the mission!

Fun fun!

And 8Man is "Hachiman" in Japanese anime, since "8 is hachi".  Expand one step further:  "man" is 10,000 in Japanese, so "Hachiman" is actually 80,000.

ecklerwr1​  receives +1 for sending me down that tangent road.

The Vapors - Turning japanese (video/audio edited & restored) GQ/HD - YouTube

Sorry, Rick, just couldn't resist.  Domo Arigato, Schroeder-san!

And I just noticed, in keeping with the Japanese theme, we have a number "6" (Roku) as the first prize.  When I was studying martial arts many, many moons ago, my Senpai had us memorize the numbers 1 to 10 in Japanese so we could count off our stretching time appropriately.  Still remember them to this day.  Now, much beyond that and "Thank you very much (domo arigato gozaimasu)", I'm out.

I know nothing of Japanese language, but I have a friend who knows it well.  She says she likes it because she found it easier to pronounce when it's written in English.  Apparently (?) every letter is spoken/pronounced . . . unlike English.

As I have surfed for pleasant and impressive Internet art, I've found some Anime theme songs are occasionally written in English, with the "Mitch Miller bouncing ball" over every syllable, giving me a (too quick) guide to pronunciation of Japanese when it's written in English.

There are wonderful works of art out there.  E.g.:  Your Lie In April.  I'm a musician and can relate to that part of the plot.  I'm human with a heart, and therefore am able to relate to the rest.

Can you please clarify the Grand Prize? The text says it is an Echo Dot but the links go to an Echo Spot.

I call shenanigans on today's question, especially as what it says after the correct/incorrect doesn't jibe with the question or answers.

Many international tongues pronounce every letter, but I think French takes the cake as far as dipthongs go ("eaux" for "o").  Nothing against the French language; I think all the romance languages are like that...just that French seems to take it to the next level!!

My wife and I love going to Hawai'i and the Hawai'ian language is another that pronounces every letter, but it's done so quickly that it sounds like a dipthong (Kauai is actually pronounced "Kah-oo-ah-ee" not "Kuh-why").  My philosophy is that if you are visiting a place where the indigenous people speak another language, why not learn a few words of that language in order to better communicate.  I don't speak Spanish fluently but I know enough to ask for a few things I want when we're in Mexico, and the reaction I get from locals is priceless: their faces light up, they smile and we instantly have rapport.  I'm somewhat (well, OK, not really) ashamed of saying that we've received a few perks and upgrades because of this.  Doesn't happen always, but it does happen.

Now, having said all of that, I also believe that if you come to the USA and are staying to live and work, please learn our language.  I'll be happy to learn yours should the situation be reversed.  And then there's our neighbors to the North...what IS up with that whole "we say 'Zed' instead of 'Z'" thing, eh? 😉

It's possible you may need to dig deeper into the page's resources.  I was able to quickly find an exact match to one of the answers by looking further.

damien.solodow, you didn't, by chance, make a screenshot of the pop-up message, did you?  I did not, and my eidetic upgrade is still on backorder, but I thought it talked about why the correct/incorrect answer was correct/incorrect.  But, as mentioned, still waiting for my memory upgrade...:-P

Oh frak it.

I mis-read it as "which of these is *not* a source of..."

Makes sense now, and reminds me to avoid the questions till I'm actually fully awake.

Level 12

Retro gaming consoles are cool but I think it's even more fun when you build your own.  I've built a standard Raspberry Pi one and also a Pigrrl 2.  Fun stuff!

I understand and empathize...


Level 12

Just the wrong name, haha. Sorry about that. So many Echo products now!

Level 12

I want to do this so bad. One of these days.

Level 12

It's not too bad and there's a lot of awesome information on how to put this stuff together.  Adafruit has some awesome guides and forums with very helpful folks.  You can even buy most (if not all) of the required parts there - sometimes even in kit form.  They give you plans for any required 3D printing as well and, if you don't have a printer, they tell you where you can get your stuff printed.  You can, of course, also source a lot of printed stuff from Etsy.  It really is a lot of fun.

Here's the guide I used for the Piggrl2:

Level 14's question clearly has 2 legitimate correct answers. 

smttysmth02gt​, the question is about the SIEM feature of Threat Monitor, not Threat Monitor as a whole.  Otherwise, I would agree with you.

Level 14

Ugh....right you are. 

Level 11

Choose the obvious answer.

Level 13

Love the mini missions.  Thanks!

Level 10

Subtle but snarky implication for MSP techs. I like it.

Level 8

was able to enter at the last day.
thanks for the new Mission as well.

Level 11

If you want to be extremely polite, you can say Honto arigato gozimas

Jan san wa nihongo o hanashimasu

Although my Japanese is very rusty, my friend is still Fluent.

Level 8

Sometimes looking at the Datasheet helps you find answers

Level 12

Congrats to sflor003​ on being our week 1 winner on this Mini Mission!

Congrats, sflor003​!

Level 8

Congrats @Sflor003
what a great way to start the week.

Level 7


Level 9

Some imperfect wording going on for one of the answers today or am I being a fool? ..

This mini-mission has given me a lot to think over following the holiday season freeze we are under right now.  I think our security team may really like some of the insights Threat Monitor​ can give them.

Level 12

I love the mini missions.....

Level 12

They're small little bursts of information with great themes.

Level 9

marcoswithanoh​ on the question for Nov. 13 it is licensed by "number of active user accounts". nowhere does it say anything about "Service Accounts". Even the response for incorrect answer does not say anything about service accounts. So is service accounts kinda of a given?




If you click on the Hint, and scroll to the bottom of the page in the FAQ's titled "How is Access Rights Manager licensed?" you will find your answer.

Level 8

i'm going with it was not worded properly, I guessed wrong as it did not appear as it was any.  no mention of system accounts in the hint.

Dang it, i read today's question to fast and messed up my answer.  😕

Level 10

Are you referring to today's question? Today's hint wasn't a word for word exact copy of the correct answers, but it definitely covered the concepts that the question was seeking.

Level 20

That's how I found it too...

Level 20

I'm sure about 3 of the 4 answers today 11/14 but one doesn't seem to fit at all with anything I can find.  Does this sound right or am I reading too much into it?  One item on the list seems like another product all together... not ARM.


Go with your gut

Level 12

I went with the tried and true method of, if it's not there. It's not there. (Marcos hint)

Level 12

What they mentioned was correct. It's in the bottom FAQ. I even control f'd to see if I could get remotely close and it pulled up immediately.

Level 10


Oooo.  Had to really put on the thinking cap today (11/14) to get this question right.  A little bit of "proving (or not proving) a negative" had to be done.

Level 10

It appears question 9 (11/15) may have more than 1 right answer...

Agreed. I think this question might be meant to have checkboxes but radio

buttons have been used instead.

I'll happily wait before committing on this one.

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Been around computers (in one form another) since the 70's (I'm an old dog but I can be trained!). My first experience with a computer was the Radio Shack "Digital Computer Kit” that my dad gave me in 1977 and, which, I still have! That was also the same year I started programming on the TRS-80 Model 1. My dad then gave me a TRS-80 Model III (yes, the one with the cassette data input interface!) and my induction to IT was complete. Since then, I have built and torn apart more machines than I care to count; been around the (U/LI)NIX and Mac worlds but I'm a PC/Windows nerd to the core; got into networking in the '90s and took to it like a duck to water. Now, I work for a contractor of the Federal Government doing….oh, wait, um, if I told you I’d have to, well, you know! ;-) I love being a part of the SolarWinds community because the people, products and processes are da best! I learn; I hopefully help others learn; and I very much enjoy this place we call THWACK. Spare time I play the Chapman Stick in my Church's praise & worship group; I enjoy radio controlled modeling, mostly airplanes; love to travel with my wonderful wife (Hawai'i, some of the 48, Canada, Mexico so far but looking to hit Europe & South Pacific soon) and see family/grandkids.