Monday, August 26, 2019

Members of the University of Iowa IT security team won first place in a contest that tested their cybersecurity skills against fellow security experts from several Big Ten universities.

The Boss of the Security Operations Center (SOC) competition emulated how real security incidents look in the monitoring system Splunk, which Iowa and many of the other competing schools use. The security analysts faced the types of questions they have to answer in the real world, using example data. The faster the question was answered, the more points they got. Harder questions also reaped more points.

IT Security Operations Director Zach Furst, and Senior IT Security Analysts Matt DePaepe and Nikki Cardenas represented Iowa at the contest, held at the Big Ten Academic Alliance Security User Group Conference at the University of Illinois and hosted by representatives from Splunk. Participants included security staff from Ohio State, Illinois, Northwestern, Nebraska, Purdue, and Wisconsin.