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Cyber Defense Challenge

Cyber Defense Challenge

Alternative Registration Method: Send an email to sansdefensechallenge@sans.org and write "I want to be in the challenge!" in the subject line.
Cyber Defense Challenge 2015

The Cyber Defense program at SANS Institute is on a mission to find the 2015 Ultimate Cyber Defender. This engaging and exciting challenge will allow participants to compete via online, summit, or regional training events. The final "battle royale" will take place in San Diego (Oct 23) and will pit security professionals against each other in a quest to answer a series of cybersecurity questions every defender should know. Competitions to qualify for the event will be held online and at live events.

One Ultimate Cyber Defender will emerge from a group of contestants from the online and regional events.

The Benefits of Competing

When you participate in the SANS Cyber Defense Challenge you immediately become a standout among your peers. Everyone who participates has the potential to become the winner--but in a way, participating in itself makes you a winner because you get to test your skills and showcase them to existing and potential employers, as well as to friends, colleagues, and family. Each week we will award cool prizes to high-scoring participants via social media.

Check the leaderboard every week to see where you stand.

For more details, sample questions, prizes, and the point system, download the Cyber Defense Challenge Brochure


Restrictions: SANS Cyber Defense Challenge 2015 (the Challenge) is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry.



Employees of SANS and other companies associated with the promotion of the Challenge, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising and promotion agencies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. The Challenge is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.


Cyber Defense Challenge 2015