In-Person Summit: Nov 15-16 | Summit Co-Chairs: Stephen Sims & Barrett Darnell
In-Person Training:
Nov 17-22

Pen Test HackFest is Back!

At this year’s Pen Test HackFest Summit, you’ll have the chance to learn, connect, and share with thousands of cybersecurity professionals in attendance *online and in-person. No matter your background or skill level, you’ll walk away from HackFest with new tools and techniques to help you advance your skillset, as well as your organization’s defenses.

*This event is also taking place Live Online. Learn more and register for the virtual format.


Don't miss this chance to get away from the office, gain a fresh perspective, network with like-minded individuals, play NetWars, challenge yourself, and learn the skills you'll need to prepare your organization for the attacks coming its way.

In-person attendance will be limited to allow for proper safety measures in accordance with governing agency guidelines. For more information on what SANS is doing to ensure safety at in-person events, visit our FAQ page.

Register now to enjoy:

Two Days of Highly Technical Summit Talks: HackFest Summit presentations are curated and are designed around a central offensive security theme, providing you with cutting-edge insight and skills to dramatically improve your organization's defenses.

Interactive Workshops, Sessions and Panels: This is the singular annual event where the SANS Offensive Operations Curriculum throws EVERYTHING we've got into the mix for an incredible hands-on learning experience to transform your skills and take you to the next level.

A One-of-a-Kind Networking Experience - The Summit gives you the opportunity to network with fellow attendees during breaks, social events, and NetWars. You’ll have exclusive access to connect with your fellow pen test community, leading experts and analysts, as well as SANS instructors and staff. Attendees tell us time and again that one of the greatest takeaways from a SANS Summit is the many industry connections they forge or deepen during their time with us.


Following the Summit, join us for:

Closely Aligned SANS Offensive Operations Courses - Enhance your knowledge base and add to your toolkit with a hands-on, immersive course taught by top SANS instructors and course authors.

NetWars - Students enrolled in courses at Pen Test HackFest Summit & Training 2021 can join us Live Online for everyone’s favorite action-packed challenge environment where participants can build their skills while having fun. As a paid course registrant for SANS Pen Test HackFest Summit 2021, you will receive an email invitation the week of the event detailing how to confirm your spot and join online. You will need to follow the steps in the email to join the tournament.

Coin-A-Palooza - Here is your chance to earn up to FIVE SANS Offensive Operations Challenge Coins that are normally only available to the winners of Capture-the-Flag competitions at our six-day courses. If you've ever taken a SANS Pen Test, Purple Team, or Exploit Development course, and either earned your coin or didn't, this is your opportunity to earn coins by participating in SANS Core NetWars. Each coin has a theme and a cipher, so you can show your friends and colleagues your achievement back in the office, and you just might get closer to earning the One Coin to Rule Them All.


What attendees say about their Pen Test HackFest Summit experience

“If you haven't attended a SANS Summit, it's hard to understand the immense value. This is even truer for Pen Test Hackfest. If you show up and are open to new concepts, you can't help but leave better than you came in.” - Jason Nickola, DT

"Hackfest is like a homecoming for people who can't help but jiggle a lock, peek in a network cabinet, or try negative quantities in a shopping cart." - Chris Elgee, Counter Hack Challenges

"I saw my peers present topics and ideas I hadn't thought about before that really opened my mind." - Corey Belanger, Pulsar Security

"The knowledge and breadth of the speakers are well beyond many of the other events. The Summits by SANS bring together some of the best minds in security. I always learn new things to bring back to my team. It is money well spent." - Peter Kuzmiskas, Prudential

CPEs & Certificate of Completion

  • You will get 12 CPEs for attending the SANS Pen Test HackFest, 6 for each day you attend.
  • Currently, we are not able to issue CPEs to those that view the Summit recordings.
  • A Certificate of Completion will be available in your account after the conclusion of Pen Test HackFest Summit & Training 2021 on November 22.
  • SANS will automatically submit your CPEs to GIAC within 7-10 days after the event’s end date of November 22 - No action is required on your part.

Boost Expertise with a Bundled Course

Choose from a number of hands-on, immersion-style SANS courses to help you expand your information security expertise. SANS courses are taught by experienced practitioners who are among the best cybersecurity instructors in the world. They will provide you with the guidance and skills you need to protect your organization and advance your career. When you register for a course at Pen Test HackFest - Bethesda, MD, you’ll SAVE $400 off your Summit seat.

If you are looking for virtual SANS Training, check out these top SANS Offensive Operations courses being offered Live Online the week of November 17-22.

Summit Agenda

We're always working to bring you the most current content, so check back often, as the agenda may change.

Important Dates

Refund Date Hotel Group Discount Deadline
October 29, 2021 October 25, 2021


Hyatt Regency Bethesda

One Bethesda Metro Center (7400 Wisconsin Ave)
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-657-1234
Hyatt Regency Bethesda

Access the vibrant sights, sounds, and tastes of downtown Bethesda. Perfectly located atop the Bethesda Metro station and minutes from downtown D.C, this hotel is the ideal destination for business travelers and vacationers alike. Only a 10 minute metro train ride to the Smithsonian's National Zoo (5 stops) and short drive to Great Falls and Rock Creek Park. Walk to the shops of Bethesda Row or the National Institutes of Health.

Hotel Special Rates and Reservations

A special discounted rate of $149.00 S/D plus applicable taxes will be honored based on space availability.

A limited number of Government Per Diem rooms at the prevailing rate are available with proper ID.

These rates include Internet in your room and are only available through Monday, October 25, 2021.

To make a regular reservation, please visit this link.

To make a government per diem reservation, please visit this link.

Top 3 reasons to stay at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda

  1. No need to factor in daily cab fees and the time associated with travel to alternate hotels. Everything is in one convenient location!
  2. By staying at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda, you gain the opportunity to further network with your industry peers and remain in the center of the activity surrounding the conference.
  3. SANS schedules evening events at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda that you won't want to miss!

Experience Maryland

Located in the heart of downtown Bethesda, one of the country's 'most livable cities,' (, you'll find yourself walking distance to over 200 restaurants, including hot spots by celebrity chefs Jose Andres and Top Chef Mike Isabella, great shopping, and a vibrant arts district. The Hyatt Regency has been a Bethesda icon and it has been revitalized with upgraded design elements to ensure a luxurious stay. With the hotel situated adjacent to metro, a trip into downtown Washington, DC is minutes away for you to explore the sights of our Nation’s Capital. Travel Arrangements and Directions

Travel Arrangements and Directions

Please visit the hotel’s website or contact them directly at 301-657-1234 for prevailing parking rates that are subject to change prior to the official meeting dates.

From Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA): Approximately 11.9 miles.

From Baltimore Airport (BWI): Approximately 35.3 miles.

Google Maps

Recommended Web Links

Health and Safety Information


As we welcome you back to our In-Person Training Events, the safety of you, our Customer, remains our greatest priority. We take great pride in working with hotel venues that maintain the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene. Our venues have taken extreme measures, developed in consultation with global and local public health authorities, to make cleaning and hygiene protocols even more rigorous. Our commitment to you: to always make proactive decisions that are grounded in care, ensuring your safety and peace of mind. We are grateful for the trust you have shown us over the years and can't wait to welcome you back.


Venue protocols will include all of the following and any required local guidelines such as PPE (Face Masks) and Proper Physical Distancing, which are subject to change:

  • Enhanced Cleaning: with a focus on ‘high touch areas’ such as door handles, restrooms, and food & beverage areas
  • Personal Hygiene: hand sanitizer stations will be located in common areas
  • Increased Air Circulation: venues will keep HVAC systems operational during training, to introduce fresh air into the meeting space.


While we have taken extraordinary planning steps to be thoughtful and deliberate about our framework, fluidity remains with local ordinances. Our measures will be implemented in accordance with these local government agencies and may vary depending on timing. These measures may include some or all of the following measures

  • Vaccinations: SANS Staff & Faculty will be fully vaccinated prior to travel. We highly encourage you do the same or exercise your due diligence before traveling to an in-person event. Exploring alternative options are encouraged including our Live Online Training events
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): an adjustable, cloth mask will be provided at check-in. Face masks may be required in both common areas and in the meeting space and will be confirmed at event check-in. Guidance will be implemented in accordance with local and venue ordinance.
  • Physical Distancing: inside of classrooms, seating areas may be arranged to ensure proper distancing
  • Reduced Contact: at registration, SANS aims to reduce queuing and offer limited-contact registratio

Please see our Live Training FAQ for additional information.