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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 NetWars

Feb. 25-267:15 pm - 10:15 pm ESTComplimentary with Scottsdale: Virtual Edition 2021 4-6 day courses

Cyber Defense NetWars

Mar. 25-267:15 pm - 10:15 pm EDTComplimentary with SANS 2021 4-6 day courses

Cyber Defense NetWars

May 13-147:15 pm - 10:15 pm PDTComplimentary with Security West 2021 4-6 day courses

Cyber Defense NetWars

Jun. 17-18
7:15 pm - 10:15 pm EDT

Complimentary with SOC Training 2021 4-6 day courses

Cyber Defense NetWars

Jul. 1-2
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm AEST
Complimentary with Cyber Defence Australia 2021 4-6 day courses

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
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