Madness struck again this weekend as both top basketball and cyber-security seeds fell and underdogs reigned victorious. For starters, Auburn, or should we say AubRUN, took the number one ranked Tar Heels by surprise, demolishing them Friday night (admittedly this is where my loyalties reside).

And, over in the #Threat16 we also had a weekend of madness -- here’s a summary of some of the top games…

Unseen Data Loss reigned victorious in the close cyber-security match-up against Compliance Violations this weekend. Both teams weren’t exactly great in Thursday’s night’s performance, but Unseen Data Loss came out on top thanks to their overwhelming “to-don’t” security mentality. Since really there’s no winner here, many people [especially a Heels fan like myself] would say this match-up looked a lot like the Duke v. Virginia Tech game that came down to the last second, literally. Unsurprisingly, Unseen Data Loss marches on.

In other news, Multi-stage Threat employed an impeccable defense of clandestine techniques across all vectors of the game to thwart identification and prevention, helping them seal the deal in their match-up against Known Malware this weekend.

Targeted Attack was another potent force in the cyber-security tourney with their combination of customized social ploys along with advanced malware techniques. Such a broad presence took Social Engineering by surprise as they were unable to successfully compete with these multi-tiered skills, losing by a hardy sum – similar to the UNC v. Auburn match-up. [Ugh.]

Talk about a BLOW OUT. It was all about analytics in the match-up between Information Centric Analytics (ICA) [powered by Bay Dynamics] and Homegrown Analytics. Homegrown Analytics had the right idea but they were challenging to deploy out on the court and even harder to operate in the moment, while ICA is all about rapid deployment and focused use cases such as DLP Optimization. Some people blamed ineffective coaching in this blowout, similar to Texas Tech’s win against Michigan.

Another “nobody really wins here” match-up took place as Insider Threat won at the buzzer against Compromised User. This game really could have gone either way, but given Insider Threat’s larger, broader overriding set of cyber-security challenges, they had the deeper bench, helping them seal the deal. It will be interesting to see if that same bench depth is enough for them reign victorious in their pending elite eight match-up against Unseen Data Loss.

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