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THWACK Monthly Mission - May 2019

Community Manager

You've got everything locked down tight. Your servers are patched, your infrastructure is healthy, your users are happy, even your printers are full of paper. Everything’s as it should be.

Then, something changed. You don't know where, and you don't know what, you just know something’s wrong. Something new, something different, something unexpected has befallen your quiet life. It’s time to alter your outlook. You need to transform the way you defend your environment and yourself.



MAY MISSION

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 20 questions over the course of the month and you'll be entered for a chance to win the grand prize.

150 points are being awarded for each correctly answered question. There are 20 questions, which means you can earn a maximum of 3,000 points for this mission.

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



MISSION RULES

A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on May 6, 2019. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until June 2, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.



MISSION SHORTCUT

Complete the mission shortcut between May 6, 2019 and June 2, 2019 to earn an additional 1,000 THWACK® points & enter to win an iPad!

IT infrastructure event logs can generate hundreds (if not thousands) of instances per second, making it difficult for even the most sophisticated search algorithms to keep pace. Your security posture is only as effective as your ability to search for words or phrases that may indicate suspicious or malicious activity. SolarWinds® Log & Event Manager is a tool designed to help IT and security professionals visualize cyberactivity search results that could be useful in identifying potential threats to on-premises IT infrastructure. Visualizing your search results can help make sense of log data and reduce your exposure to attacks and suspicious activity. Show us how frequently words appear in your log data using the Word Cloud in nDepth!


SHORTCUT STEPS:

  1. Download a free trial of Log & Event Manager
  2. Navigate to Explore -> nDepth
    1. NOTE: The Ops Center may not be your default view when you log into the tool. If this is the case, select the LEM Console link in the upper right-hand corner of your view, and then proceed to step #3
  3. Select the Word Cloud icon from the ribbon below the main window
  4. Take a screenshot of the Word Cloud that is displayed.
  5. Submit screenshot HERE
WEEKLY PRIZESMONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAYWINNERS
Week 1: Complete questions 1-5 by May 12, 2019 to be entered to win: Transformers 5 Movie Blu-Ray Collection
Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by May 19, 2019 to be entered to win: Holy Stone HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone
Week 3: Complete questions 11-15 by May 26, 2019 to be entered to win: Transformers: The Complete Series
Week 4: Complete questions 16-20 by June 2, 2019 to be entered to win: JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Portable Stereo Speaker

Correctly answer all 20 questions by June 2, 2019 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! Lenovo Chromebook 2-in-1 Convertible Laptop



May Mission Terms & Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia

May Mission Shortcut Terms & Conditions: US, UK, and Canada | Germany | Australia

373 Comments
MVP
MVP

And we're off!

May mission!  Yea!

Chrome Book!!  Drool!!

RT

Level 9

pretty wicked prizes too!

Level 11

once more unto the "breach"

Level 12

WOW everything about this mission rocks; the subject matter, the prizes, the people, the color scheme of the page.  Been remodeling the house and I think I have this color as an accent wall in my house.

The missions just keep getting better and better!  And the prizes...OMG!!  Laptops and iPads and speakers, OH MY!  I challenge anyone to find a company that (in essence) pays YOU to demo and learn about its products.  It just does not happen.

Now to get users to understand what they're doing is sometimes inappropriate and risky . . .

Level 9

I NEED* that Chromebook! 

*Disclaimer: Sometimes I get confused about needs and wants.

Level 13

Woo hoo!  New mission!  It's our favorite thing!  And rocking prizes to boot.  This is awesome.  Thanks!!!

Level 12

Cybersecurity isn't my responsibility but I'm looking forward increasing my knowledge in this area this month!

Level 9

Anyone else think it's silly that a mission based on cyber security is asking us to upload a screenshot of our LEM interface to a 3rd party survey website?

Level 8

Best of luck to everyone! Hopefully you win something!

Level 13

Ooooo! An ending with a twist -- I like it!

Just black out any sensitive information...like answers to Mission Questions, right melonizame​?

Pay No Attention To That Man Behind The Curtain... - YouTube

Nice! I have wanted to see what this does!!

Level 7

Lets have it

Level 12

We are talking about cyber security....... redactive but use darker ink......

Level 14

last week seemed to take ages to finish, but finally it's mission time again

Level 12

This one seems really cool. Like the security focus and love the prizes.

Level 7

I should take these questions seriously.  I got some wrong .

Level 12

Great and very concise questions so far! I like it!

Level 8

The only thing I keep hearing in my head with today's question is "All your base are belong to us."

Level 8

I'd also just like to point out that the mission shortcuts are optional

It also talks about grabbing an eval for it, would be good to use in a lab environment for a screenshot!


Level 8

I’m gonna follow through this time

Level 8

DanielleH​ Hello, I was trying to make the Mission Shortcut but when I click on "Submit Screenshot HERE", I get "You have already completed this survey".

But that is not real. Is there a one to reset the survey? Thanks!!

Level 9

Cybersecurity is everyone's responsibility!

MVP
MVP

Yeah true! Not a fan of Transformers but all the other prices are very nice.

Level 8

Ok, you all have the Chromebook...the iPad is mine! Just kidding!

But seriously, the iPad is mine!

Level 9

Awaiting a reset of todays question

Level 9

You know that really isn't fair. If they screw up they should leave it.

Level 11

Well, no, hang on... Isn't it unfair the amount of people who complain when there is an issue and causes things like the question to incorrectly populate?

I mean, they are doing these missions which are free to enter, giving away prizes at a zero cost to the member, as well as giving away points which are exchangeable for other goodies and swag, and it is unfair that they reset a question?

One of the best things about these missions is what you can learn from them, surely it is fair for all those who join these to learn about new products, or even refresh themselves on products they already have? Everything else is a bonus...

What isn't fair is the the gratitude received versus the effort put in to build these monthly missions...

Mistakes happen, (otherwise we wouldn't need monitoring like Solarwinds!) so give them a chance to correct the question, which the always do, and be thankful for the five minutes of fun you have a day by completing it!

Level 15

Today's is pretty hard to miss.

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Community Manager
Community Manager

Sorry folks. Meant to get this done after spending time with my mom yesterday for Mother's Day. This will be up in about 15 minutes.

Tricky question for a Monday morning!

No worries, @DanielleH. Some things are more important than posting questions on a weekend!

Community Manager
Community Manager

Question has been updated.

I'm *pretty sure* for those who catch these blips, you're getting credit for answering both times. Double the points, double the fun?

Level 9

Hello Danielle,

First, thank you for posting a new question and keeping the Missions going, greatly appreciated.  I think I may have had my answer marked wrong but I had it right.  Is that something you can check?  If not, no biggie, but I wanted to ask.

Level 12

Liked today's question, the choices were limited. Hope you enjoyed mother's day 😉

Community Manager
Community Manager

The question today was incorrectly populated. All responses were reset now that the actual question has been updated.

Level 8

I may not be the only one, but I wish I could see what i selected after getting the question wrong to see what I messed up. It says I Marked wrong but pretty sure I selected the correct answers.

Level 7

Just received an "incorrect" after checking the boxes that responded to what i was "told" the correct answer was.

Level 11

Hi DanielleH,

Would you mind checking my answer? It claims I got it wrong, but shows the answers I gave exactly as I answered them?

Many thanks

Level 11

Hi mikerichard​,

If you click the red X you should see your responses. It doesn't show the response given after answer, but it does show what you selected

Level 9

Says I answered incorrectly, but explains that I answered correctly.  Any explanations?

Level 9

It has marked today's question as incorrect for me. Though I selected both of the answers that it suggested are correct in this message:

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There may be an issue.

Level 8

I agree with some others here. I answered correctly, based on the hint and the text popup after answering, but it was marked wrong.

Level 8

I see selections I chose on the ones I got correct, but not the one that is wrong.

Sent from my iPhone

Same here joshcb​. I would think a computer was capable of listening to what I said. But apparently clicked but it didn't understand.

Community Manager
Community Manager

Looking... hang tight!

Level 8

Same here. Picked the 2 answers described in the results window, got the red X.

Level 9

Same issue here.

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