Core NetWars Tournament

Industry leading, game-based, multi-disciplinary cyber range for practitioners at every level, played solo or in teams.

Experience Cutting-edge Cyber Range Training

Industry-relevant and innovative, Core NetWars Tournament is the ultimate cybersecurity range for powering up your skills in a fun, multi-disciplinary, and collaborative environment.

What's New in Core NetWars Tournament 6

Over a year in the making, Core NetWars Tournament 6 is our biggest and best NetWars Tournament ever. This all-new experience includes:

  • An entirely new set of challenges and hints at every level
  • A new immersive theme and engaging storyline
  • The latest and greatest technologies and attack methods that enterprises are exposed to today including web application firewall hardening, multi-factor authentication bypass, and PowerShell challenges.


  • Play solo or on a team of up to 5 players.
  • Designed for all skill levels, from novice to advanced.
  • Apply what you've learned in class in a safe and interactive environment.
  • Earn recognition on our real-time scoreboard.
  • Level up your knowledge using a fully loaded Automated Hint System.
  • Sharpen your skills with game-based training that is fun and engaging.

Topics Include:

  • Web application firewall hardening - and bypass
  • Multi-factor authentication bypass - four flavors!
  • Packet crafting
  • Network traffic capture and analysis
  • Windows event log analysis
  • PowerShell challenges
  • ECB block shuffling
  • Host-based firewall tuning
  • NTP client / time shift attack
  • File forensics
  • Crypto-jacking removal
  • Common CMS vulnerability exploitation
  • SQLi
  • Golden ticket exploitation

Scenarios & Levels

NetWars is based on five distinct levels, each of which is designed for people who have achieved a given skill set, ranging from participants new to the industry all the way up to grand wizards of our trade. To represent these levels, we've established five levels and titles and given each range of skills a name. As your demonstrated capabilities increase, you can see the icon representing your level grow in power and weaponry. Check out these levels:

  • Level 1: Initiate: This level is for people new to the information security industry, folks who are rapidly building their skills from the ground up.
  • Level 2: Padawan: These folks have achieved some really solid capabilities, and represent the largest player community in NetWars, as they work to build their skills even further to differentiate themselves from the pack.
  • Level 3: Guardian: People at this level have achieved something quite significant: they've exceeded the capability of the average info sec person, and proudly continue to grow to the next level.
  • Level 4: Knight: Some people say that there's a phrase for NetWars participants who achieve this level: "Hire 'em." That's due to their really awesome skills in solving even the trickiest infosec challenges.
  • Level 5: Master: When you reach this level, we figure that you're so good, there's nothing we can throw at you to challenge you... except other people like you. Just as steel sharpens steel, in Level 5, master infosec gurus battle against each other in a castle-vs-castle face-off.

Who Should Attend

  • Cyber security professionals looking to build hands-on skill at all levels, from intro to advanced
  • Cyber defenders looking to apply their skills and also build offensive capabilities
  • Penetration testers and red teamers who want to build defensive and analytic skills
  • DFIR personnel who want to understand attacks and defenses

Laptop Requirements

  • CPU
    • 64-bit Intel i5/i7 2.0+ GHz processor
  • BIOS
    • Enabled "Intel-VT"
  • RAM
    • 16 GB RAM
  • Hard Drive Free Space
    • 40 GB Free space
  • Operating System
    • Latest version of Windows 10, macOS 10.15.x or later, or Linux that also can install and run VMware virtualization products described below.


Core NetWars Tournament Schedule

All scheduled ranges will run virtually.

Core NetWars

Jan. 14-156:30 pm - 9:30 pm CST

Complimentary with Security East 2021 4-6 day courses

Core NetWars

Jan. 21-227:00 pm - 10:00 pm JSTComplimentary with Tokyo January 2021 4-6 day courses

Core NetWars

Jan. 28-296:30 pm - 9:30 pm CETComplimentary with Amsterdam January 2021 4-6 day courses

Core NetWars

Feb. 11-12
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm CST

Complimentary with Pen Test & Offensive Training 2021 4-6 day courses

Core NetWars

Feb. 25-26
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm GMT

Complimentary with London February 2021 4-6 day courses

Core NetWars

Mar. 18-19
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm PST
Complimentary with Cyber Security West March 2021 4-6 day courses

Core NetWars

Mar. 25-26
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm EST

Complimentary with SANS 2021 4-6 day courses

Core NetWars

Mar. 25-26
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm CET
Complimentary with Munich March 2021 4-6 day courses
Global Community CTF: Mini NetWars
Apr. 1-2
1:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Free to the SANS community; Registration opens mid-March

Core NetWars Continuous

Advance your cybersecurity skills on your own schedule and at your own pace. Core NetWars Continuous propels your cyber skillset and career with four months of immersive online training available 24/7.

NetWars is challenging for all levels of expertise, has great hints if you get stuck, and promotes continuous education.
Jon-Michael Lacek
- Wegmans Food Markets
Core NetWars was challenging but not frustrating for newbies. This is my first time doing NetWars and it has been a blast.
Rachael Murray
- Northwestern Mutual
I'm very impressed with SANS NetWars. The material is relevant and educational, and the tournament-style play is remarkably engaging.
Adam Tice
- Lockheed Center for Cyber Security