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Lessons From the Black Hat USA NOC
At Black Hat USA, the network operations center (NOC) and security operations center (SOC) are one in the same — reasonable for a network that exists to serve a huge gathering of security professionals. While the network that exists for a high-intensity week is unique in many ways, in others it is a concentrated example of what is possible when professionals with different areas of expertise — and different vendors — work together.
Neil Wyler, known to most as "Grifter," made sure that working together is what happened in the NOC. He described the scope of the Black Hat network operation, explaining that the team used the physical cable provided by the facility (in this case, the Mandalay Bay Convention Center) but brought in everything else. From demarc to access points, everything was deployed in less than a week, then was expected to operate without flaw for another week before it disappeared.
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