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THWACK Monthly Mission - October 2019

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October is Cyber Security Awareness Month and all the contestants line up to play a game of Security Sleuth. It seems fun, and in a way it is, until you realize the stakes. You look around you as the game is about to begin and think to yourself which one of these people is the planted mole?

It’s a good ol’ whodunit, and the security of your network, the integrity of your privacy, the very foundation on which you’ve built your IT organization is at risk. So, security sleuth, master of mystery, will you detect defects capable of destroying our data, will you investigate infections imperiling our information, will you expose the evildoers endangering our eudemonia?

Protect us, cybersecurity connoisseur, start your 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!


Weekly Prizes & Drawing Dates:
October 14, 2019: Best of Agatha Christie Volume 1-4 (Region 1)

October 21, 2019: Apple Airpods

October 28, 2019: Clue Board Game and Culinario Mortale Deadly Fame - Murder Mystery Dinner Party Game

November 4, 2019: Anker PowerCore

Grand Prize:
November 4, 2019: SimpliSafe Wireless Home Security System


A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on October 7, 2019. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until November 3, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.


Complete the mission shortcut between October 7, 2019 and November 3, 2019 to be entered to win a Go Pro HERO 7 Black!

Security is the responsibility of all IT staff. However, not everyone has the same amount of time or resources available to increase their networks’ security posture. Security Event Manager (SEM) is designed to be another pair of eyes, always on the lookout for suspicious behaviour, and can alert you when it finds potential threats. For this shortcut we’ll have you take the first step towards automating threat detection by setting up a log source in SEM.

Shortcut Steps:

  1. Download a free trial of Security Event Manager (or if you already use SEM you can skip this step, but be sure you’re on version 6.7 or higher)
  2. Navigate to “Nodes”
  3. Click on “Add agent node,” select the appropriate agent for local installation, and follow the instructions or read more here
  4. Once the server is connected, navigate to “Events” and take a screen shot of events coming in from the log source and post to the mission
    1. Please anonymize any sensitive data like machine name or user names


Week 1: Complete questions 1-5 by October 13, 2019 to be entered to win: Best of Agatha Christie Volume 1-4 (Region 1)
Week 2: Complete questions 6-10 by October 20, 2019 to be entered to win: Apple Airpods
Week 3: Complete questions 11-15 by October 27, 2019 to be entered to win: Clue Board Game and Culinario Mortale Deadly Fame - Murder Mystery Dinner Party Game
Week 4: Complete questions 16-20 by November 3, 2019 to be entered to win: Anker PowerCore

Correctly answer all 20 questions by November 3, 2019 and get entered to win the Grand Prize! SimpliSafe Wireless Home Security System

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

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


So glad I got today's question correct!

Level 9


Level 10

Wow! Closing out another GREAT mission. Lots of good information, presented in a fun manner. Keep them coming. Good luck to everyone for the final giveaways. Congratulations to all the winners.

Level 13

Congrats to all the winners.  Thanks for another great mission yumdarling​!

Level 11

I see people have received the 250 points for completing the monthly mission.  I have not (again).  is there a reason this is happening?

Community Manager
Community Manager

Thanks for letting me know Graeme I'll check on this today

Level 8

I did the mission shortcut this month, but I don't see the credit in my account for completing. Did anyone else do the mission shortcut, and did you get entry? How long do the shortcuts usually take to appear?

About the Author
Retired Senior Noncommissioned Officer, U.S. Army. I have worked with and taught computer and networking technologies, since I was a teen in the 1980s. I have extensive sysadmin, netadmin, and IT Operations Management experience. Recently served as the Network Opreations Center Manager for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and as the Service Desk Manager for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. I am now an Onsite SolarWinds Engineer for a Federal Customer on SHAW Air Force Base in SC. Born and raised in the South Carolina countryside. Traveled the world. Like to play basketball, fish, troubleshoot network problems, and spend quality time with my family.