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Cyber Defense NetWars

An interactive environment featuring defense-focused challenges to help you practice securing systems and detecting compromises.

What is Cyber Defense NetWars?

The all-new Cyber Defense NetWars challenge is a defense-focused competition aimed at testing your ability to solve problems and secure your systems from compromise. Cyber Defense NetWars is a truly unique experience, and an opportunity to test your skills in Administration, Threat Hunting, Log Analysis, Packet Analysis, Cryptography, and much more.

Topics Include:

  • Windows Administration
  • Linux Administration
  • Packet Analysis
  • Network Security Monitoring
  • Continuous Security Monitoring
  • Logfile Analysis
  • Cryptography
  • Steganography

Hands-On Skills

  • Continuous Monitoring
  • Network Security Monitoring
  • Threat Hunting
  • Windows Administration
  • Linux Administration
  • Packet Analysis
  • Logfi le Analysis
  • Cryptography

The SANS Cyber Defense NetWars Experience:

  • Consists of an interactive, Internet-based environment that tests a player's ability to secure systems and detect compromises
  • Is designed to be accessible to a broad level of player skill ranges
  • Is split into separate levels so players may quickly advance through earlier levels to the level of their expertise.

Scenarios & Levels

The all-new Cyber Defense NetWars challenge is a defense-focused competition aimed at testing your ability to solve problems and secure your systems from compromise. Cyber Defense NetWars is a truly unique experience and an opportunity to test your skills in Administration, Threat Hunting, Log Analysis, Packet Analysis, Cryptography, and much more. As you progress from level 1 to level 5, you will prevent, defend, and analyze increasingly more complex, real-world attack scenarios against your enterprise. From protecting this enterprise from simplistic, brute-force attacks to ransomware campaigns, this unique opportunity will prove or, more importantly, sharpen your defensive skill sets.

Who Should Attend

  • Security Administrators
  • Enterprise Defenders
  • Architects
  • Network Engineers
  • Incident Responders
  • Security Operations Specialists
  • Security Analysts
  • Builders and Breakers

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.

Note: If you are running MacOS 11 (BigSur), you may run into issues preventing use of the VM in VMWare Fusion 12. For help, check out our BigSur-Fusion 12 guide.

Pricing

Cyber Defense NetWars Tournament Schedule

All scheduled ranges and tournaments will run virtually.
EventDatesTimeRegistration
Cyber Defense NetWarsNov. 18-19

7:15 pm - 10:15 pm CST

Complimentary with SANS Cyber Security Central: Nov 2021 4-6 day courses
Cyber Defense NetWarsDec. 9-10

7:15 pm - 10:15 pm GMT

Complimentary with SANS UK Online December 2021, SANS London December 2021, SANS Europe Online Winter 2021, SANS Amsterdam November 2021, SANS FOR578 (In Spanish) November 2021, SANS Gulf Region 2021 4-6 day courses

Cyber Defense NetWarsMarch 17-18

7:15 pm - 10:15 pm EST

Complimentary with SANS Baltimore Spring 2021

Reviews

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
Having participated in NetWars Continuous and in the NetWars Tournament, I can honestly say that they were the most intellectually challenging and enjoyable tests of technical skills in which I have participated.
Kees Leune
- Adelphi University