A Tribute to OpenSOC

Mar 8, 2023 6:19:40 AM / by Eric Capuano posted in OpenSOC

End of an Era

Recently the Recon team had to make the tough decision to take a step back from running our larger OpenSOC CTF events. It was not an easy decision as we know how much impact this project has made on the information security industry since we ran the very first public event at DakotaCon in 2018. Since then, the project grew larger and further than we ever dreamed, eventually becoming a DEF CON Black Badge contest in 2019 (on the DC site, too!) and running at multiple incredible conferences across the US.

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Aug 11, 2021 1:46:00 PM / by Kelley Wilds posted in DFIR, Incident Response, Forensics, Security, InfoSec, OpenSOC, DEFCON, Events, Training, Threat Hunting, ZeroTier

It’s that time of year again - DEF CON! We were thrilled to run OpenSOC again at DEF CON this year, even if it had to be virtual (fingers crossed we’re all in person again in 2022).

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SOC X 2021 - A Recap

Mar 8, 2021 2:08:00 PM / by Kelley Wilds posted in SOC X, Security, SOC, InfoSec, OpenSOC, Events, NDR, Defense

We can't start a recap post without a huge THANK YOU to the community for joining us last week and making SOC X such a success!

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OpenSOC @ DEF CON 28 Safe Mode

Aug 14, 2020 11:53:00 AM / by Whitney Champion posted in OpenSOC, DEFCON, Events

Some of you may remember our last event, Camp COVID. That was the biggest event we had ever run.


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Camp COVID - A Recap

Apr 17, 2020 11:40:00 AM / by Whitney Champion posted in OpenSOC, Events, Graylog, Infrastructure


Let me first say, on behalf of the Recon team, we cannot thank the community enough for joining us last week.

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Mar 30, 2020 1:15:00 PM / by Eric Capuano posted in OpenSOC, Events


Hello OpenSOC fam! First and most importantly, we hope that you and yours are healthy and happy in these unprecedented times.

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The Infrastructure, II

Oct 17, 2019 2:48:00 PM / by Whitney Champion posted in OpenSOC, DEFCON, Events, Infrastructure

After DEF CON last year, we posted this blog about our infrastructure, which was spread between a handful of Intel NUCs, and AWS. It was epic. It was shiny and new. We loved it.

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OpenSOC @ DC27 - Black Badge Edition!

Aug 31, 2019 2:53:00 PM / by Eric Capuano posted in OpenSOC, DEFCON, Events, BlackBadge, BlueTeamVillage

We never wrote up a blog post for DC27, but this excerpt from the closing ceremonies covers most of what we would've written.

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A Tribute to devnull

Nov 15, 2018 3:52:00 PM / by Matt Bromiley posted in OpenSOC, DEFCON, BlueTeamVillage

Hello, dear friends. The past few days have been extremely hard on the OpenSOC Team. We hope this isn't the first time you're hearing of this, but a beloved friend of our team, devnull (aka Nolan Berry), passed away this past Friday, November 9, 2018. I'd try to find the words to express our sadness, but it would be an exercise in futility.

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The Infrastructure

Aug 27, 2018 3:57:00 PM / by Whitney Champion posted in Automation, SecOps, OpenSOC, DEFCON, DevOps, Infrastructure

When I joined the OpenSOC team at the beginning of this year, everything resided on 3 Intel Skull Canyon NUC's, a couple other systems for scenarios or applications with hardware requirements, a Ubiquiti WAP, a Synology NAS, and various other things.

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