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thwack Monthly Mission - April 2016

Level 15

So who are you? Are you-you, like, some Special Forces guy or something? 1602_April_Thwack_Mission_Thwack_Badge_75x75.png

Nah. I’m just an IT guy.

An IT guy?

Just an IT guy…

When your Network is under siege and you’re facing a security breach, you’re the one they call. Make sure you have the right tools at your disposal to defend your environment. This month’s mission is all about making sure you’re equipped to deal with whatever NetSec challenges you face.



Use the mission’s information resources (hints) to complete the tasks and answer the questions. Correctly answer each question during the week and you'll be entered to win the weekly prize. Correctly answer all 20 questions over the course of the month and you'll be entered to win the grand prize: Call of Duty: Black Ops III PlayStation 4 500GB Bundle. As an added bonus this month, you’ll have a chance to win a NetSec Siege Defend your Network T-shirt.

Mission Rules

  1. A new question will open every day (Monday - Friday) starting on April 4th.
  2. Once a question has opened, it will remain open until May 1st @ 11:59pm CT. Check the schedule below for exact open/close times.
  3. There are 2 types of questions: multiple choice & fill-in-the-blanks.
    1. Multiple choice - Only your first attempt at answering a question counts. Double check your answers!
    2. Fill-in-the-blanks - The page will simply refresh and not move to the next step until you enter the right answer. The number of characters (including spaces) is included in brackets.
  4. Correctly answer all 5 questions within a given week and be entered to win the weekly prize!
    • Week 1 - Drawing on April 11th
    • Week 2 - Drawing on April 18th
    • Week 3 - Drawing on April 25th
    • Week 4 - Drawing on May 2nd
  5. Correctly answer all 20 questions over the course of the month to be entered to win our grand prize! Call of Duty: Black Ops III PlayStation 4 500GB Bundle
    • Grand Prize - Drawing on May 2nd
  6. 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.

***Points/badges will be added to profiles once the mission has closed***

For a chance to win a NetSec Siege Defend your Network T-shirt, just follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Download Log & Event Manager>>
  2. Take a screenshot of one of the following views:
    • Monitor Network Traffic: Take a snapshot the ‘All Network Traffic’ filter (Hint: Monitor section)
    • Monitor USB Activity: Take a screenshot of the ‘USB File Audit Activity’ Filters (Hint: Monitor section)
    • Manage Privileged Accounts: Take a screenshot of the ‘Administrative Monitoring’ rules (Hint: Build->Rules )
    • Compliance and Reporting: Take a screenshot of the Compliance rules (Hint: Build->Rules)
  3. Be one of the first 500 to submit a screenshot HERE>>.

    That’s it! 3 steps to win a t-shirt!

Weekly Prizes







Week 1: 3D Color Changing Storm Trooper Desk Lamp

Complete questions 1-5 by April 10 to be entered to win

Apr 4 - Question 1

Question 2

Question 3

Question 4

Question 5


Week 2: Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker

Complete questions 6-10 by April 17 to be entered to win

Apr 11 - Question 6

Question 7

Question 8

Question 9

Question 10


Week 3: Sphero 2.0: The App-Enabled Robotic Ball

Complete questions 11 - 15 by April 24 to be entered to win

Apr 18 - Question 11

Question 12

Question 13

Question 14

Question 15


Week 4: Samsung Gear VR - Virtual Reality Headset

Complete questions 16 - 20 by May 1 to be entered to win

Apr 25 - Question 16

Question 17

Question 18

Question 19

Question 20

Correctly answer all 20 questions before May 1 and get entered to win the Grand Prize!

Call of Duty: Black Ops III PlayStation 4 500GB Bundle



Considering the world wide news story today, this is very timely!  How does someone breach a network an leave with 2.5Tb of data?

Read about the Panama Papers.

The Politicians Named in the Panama Papers - The Atlantic

Who wants to use that Law Firm in the future?


Level 20

Fast broadband....  Personally I'm way more worried about the OPM breech... most in there were the exact opposite of criminals.

Another great theme and another cracking Mission! Props to the community team, once again!

Level 17

I had someone tell me about this just the other day... I did find this today;

Cybersecurity Incidents

Hopefully it really is limited to the folks who have filled out the associated forms.....

On the link to the OPM breach does anyone else find this ironic?  Maybe they should, "Get up to speed on computer security"!



Level 20

You know who fills out the sf86 form right?  That's why I said the "opposite" of criminals. :^}

Community Manager
Community Manager

Hey Australia! Notice you can now play and WIN now!? Spread the word to your colleagues! shuthsuperfly99


Woot! Shoutout to squinsey​ also


Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet! Thanks for letting me know, I hadn't noticed.

Guess I'll have to try harder now!

Level 12

How time flies. Good luck all.

Level 17

Indeed, I found the site useful to figure out just exactly how far the breach did reach. Hopefully what they did post is everything in full.

  But even without ever filling out one of those forms myself I am still watching everything very close.

Level 10

This one looks fun, and the shirt is freakin' awesome!!!  I love it!!

Just got my "network control freak" package and it may be my favorite yet.  Coffee cup is really great quality.

It's a highlight of my day, being able to have a little something to look forward to like this.  Plus, it's a little bit like playing the lottery--there's always a chance of getting some nice feedback, whether in Liked comments or an actual prize at the end of the contest.

As a result of the gamification of Thwack, I'm in this site a LOT more frequently than I'd ever be in any other site.

Plus, I LEARN useful things here!

Level 10


Level 13

wabbott​ I answered the first 4 questions correctly, but I accidentally put in the wrong user id (confused as it said not my email address), but my account is my email it doesn't show my point there a way to update it?

Level 16​, don't worry, I'll take care of this. Also, keep in mind that points are awarded after the mission has closed.

Level 16​, ok so in your case, your thwack ID IS your email, so you shouldn't worry. I added that note regarding email because I sometimes see emails that are not linked to thwack accounts, and in those cases people might not get their points at the end of the mission. Hope this makes sense.

Level 13

Thanks Maria!!!

Level 12

maria.bungau​ I haven't received my points for last month yet.  How long does it take to get the points updated?  I entered my userid of c.gura.

Level 9


If that is the case, then I'll take whatever I can get.

It makes the day go faster, if nothing else.


Is today's question set up correctly? The answer is really obvious but yet it doesn't work. Could you please confirm question is ok, then I'll keep looking.


From the hit, the answer seems obvious, and you're right superfly99​, the form doesn't seem to accept it. Methinks shenanigans are afoot with the form verification!

Level 16

superfly99jezmarsh​ the question was set up correctly, but it wasn't a word-by-word answer, more like a rephrase. But, by looking at the attempts submitted up until now, I see that most of you guys are trying the obvious answer, so I changed the logic of the question to accept that one. Give it another try.

Just keep in mind that we might sometimes play a bit on the wording, otherwise these missions would be way to easy, right?

Cheers maria.bungau​! I hadn't had any coffee this morning, so didn't try any alternatives. I'll have to try that in future, got to keep us on our toes!

Level 14

That is one of the coolest-looking shirts SW has put together. Any chance it'll show up in the store if we don't end up winning one?


Thanks maria.bungau​! I did spend about 15 minutes on it trying all sorts of alternatives but as the answer seemed so obvious I thought I'd better check to make sure the question was all good.

Level 9

Another great mission to help me through the day.  As a bonus i've answered all this weeks questions right.  Woo-Hoo!  Agree with the others, the shirt rocks!

Level 12

Is anybody else having trouble with today's Question 10 link?

It tells me: This survey is not accepting additional responses at this time. Thank You!


Isn't that next weeks Friday question ?

Level 12

(Sigh) I need to get more sleep... 

Level 20

It's ok it happens to the best of us...

Level 10

only 600+ more points to reach my next level.  I'm so close I can smell it!


I just leveled up...24000+ points to get to the next for me.

I am only short 109,000 points to get into the Uber Thwacker Nation Super Secret Squirrel Club and sit next to aLTeReGo​ so I can bask in his greatness.  

Level 16

We have our first winner of the April mission.

The 3D Color Changing Storm Trooper Desk Lamp is going to ... charlesmerritt​. Congrats!


Congrats charlesmerritt

congrats charlesmerritt​! Those 3D Star Wars lights are awesome!


Congrats charlesmerritt​ !

Level 8

Sweeeet! Thanks!

Level 12

Congrats charlesmerritt

Level 14

Congrats charlesmerritt

Level 20

I bet wluther​ would have really liked that one!!!  I think the sphero looks really cool!

Level 9

Thanks for the link Radioteacher​.  It was an interesting read!  Additionally, thanks cahunt​ for the Cybersecurity Incidents article.


Congrats charlesmerritt

Level 20

The netsec shirt is pretty neat too!

Level 9

Congratulations charlesmerritt​!

Level 9

Thanks for the awesome contests and prizes.  I've been tasked with learning my company's Orion implementation and this is the most fun I've had learning new software.

Level 16

myauch​, I'm really glad to hear this! That's actually the main purpose of these monthly missions.

Level 12

Hot coffee, a fill in the blank thwak contest question, and learning network defense. The morning is good.