On 2023-10-17

Team from Airbus Protect and Airbus Defence and Space wins Splunk’s global “Boss of the SOC” competition

Airbus Protect boss of the soc

Cyber security analysts from the Security Operations Center (SOC) in Germany achieve first place in "Boss of the SOC".

Over 1000 participants from more than 30 countries worldwide took up the challenge.


What is “Boss of the SOC”?

“Boss of the SOC” (also known as BOTS) is a capture the flag (CTF) competition where participants use Splunk and other tools to answer a variety of questions about IT security incidents that have occurred in a realistic but fictional corporate environment. The competition is designed to replicate what real-life incidents look like in Splunk, the market-leading operational intelligence platform, and the questions security analysts in the SOC regularly face. The teams competing against each other have to achieve as many points as possible in a given time.

The winning team consisted of Tobias Paßreiter, Dominik Rabenau, and Atilla Öztamur from Airbus Protect and Hugo Rodriguez from Airbus Defence and Space.

On 30th August 2023, “Boss of the SOC” was held as a global event for the first time. In previous years, Airbus Protect had participated in the competition in the EMEA region, where the company was always able to take top positions. This year, however, our experienced team of analysts from Airbus Protect and Airbus Defence and Space exceeded all expectations and achieved first place out of more than 1000 participants from over 30 countries. The team won the competition thanks to their Splunk knowledge, expertise in open source intelligence (OSINT) research, analytical skills in a wide range of environments and technologies (cloud, on-prem, applications), out-of-the-box thinking beyond ‘Splunk’, and their winning strategy.

Gareth Davies, Stanley Frankcam, Kynan Jones, and Adam Kershaw from Airbus Protect achieved a remarkable 13th place.

We would also like to congratulate our colleagues from the UK SOC who also took part in the global “Boss of the SOC” competition and achieved a remarkable 13th place. We are proud of the expertise of our staff, which underlines the high quality of the Cybersecurity Consultancy and Managed Security Services (MSS) offered by Airbus Protect.

Managed Security Services: Security Operations Centre from Airbus Protect

By working with Airbus Protect as a MSS provider, our customers receive comprehensive support from our specialists. Our teams have decades of experience in protecting government, defence, and critical enterprises and always take the time to understand our customers’ specific cyber challenges. Our comprehensive end-to-end SOCs are operated from secure locations in Germany, France, the UK, and Spain. If you would like to know more about our SOC services, please contact us.

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