Upon purchasing NetWars Continuous you will have a 90-day activation period during which you can activate your subscription. Once activated, your 4-month subscription begins and will end 4 months from the day it was activated.
NetWars Tournament runs at live, face-to-face conferences for one to three days. NetWars Continuous is played across the Internet at any time over a four-month span. Although the design of NetWars Tournament and Continuous are similar and the two use the same style of scoreboard, the actual challenges for them are very different. NetWars Continuous is larger, with more challenges and options, given that it covers a four-month span.
NetWars Continuous trial accounts are granted on a case-by-case basis. The trial cost is $20 and will give access to a small subset of questions from the first three levels of NetWars for one week. If you are interested in a trial account please send us a request along with the following information: your name, company name, title, department, and phone number.
NetWars covers a broad range of topics, so almost every class offered by SANS will help you succeed in NetWars. The classes that will best help you get started are as follows:
SANS SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style
SANS SEC504: Hacker Techniques, Exploits & Incident Handling
SANS SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking
SANS SEC542: Web App Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking
SANS FOR408: Computer Forensics Investigations - Windows In-Depth
SANS FOR508: Advanced Computer Forensic Analysis and Incident Response
Although VMWare is heavily preferred, any virtualization software capable of booting from an ISO of a Linux LiveCD image will be sufficient. Any computer capable of running a virtual machine in said virtualization sofware will be sufficient.
There is no certification for NetWars, however NetWars Tournament participants receive 6 CMU/CPEs and NetWars Continuous participants who reach Level Three receive 12 CMU/CPEs.
Students who register and pay for any long course at a SANS event that includes a NetWars Tournament may participate in the tournament at that event free of charge. NetWars Continuous (accessed across the Internet over a four-month timeframe) is available to NetWars Tournament participants or those who purchase any SANS long course for $999 (a $2499 value). A discount code will be sent to NetWars Tournament participants after the event that can be used to register for NetWars Continuous at the discounted rate. If NetWars Continuous is being added to a registration with a long course it must be added within the following time frames consistent with the addition of other products. For Conference and Simulcast events- NetWars Continuous must be added to the registration before the end of the event. For OnDemand and SelfStudy orders- NetWars Continuous must be added within the first 30 days of access. For vLive, Community, and Mentor events- NetWars Continuous must be added to the registration by the last day of class.
Returning NetWars Continuous customers can purchase up to two NetWars Continuous 4-month renewals for the discounted price of $799 each. The renewal must be purchased prior to the expiration of the current purchase.
No. NetWars Continuous is available globally across the internet. NetWars Tournament competitions take place live at every National SANS Event as well as select conferences around the world.