Free Virtual Summit: Nov 15-16  | Summit Co-Chairs: Stephen Sims & Barrett Darnell
Training: Nov 17-22 | Live Online

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 in-person in Bethesda, MD (DC Metro).
Learn more and register for the in-person format.


Register now to enjoy:

Two Days of Highly Technical Summit Talks: HackFest Summit presentations are curated and 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 Virtual Networking Experience - This Live Online format offers 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 Live Online 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." - 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 Live Online 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.

If you are looking for in-person SANS Training, check out these top SANS Offensive Operations courses being offered in-person the week of November 17-22 in Bethesda, Maryland (DC Metro).

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
October 29, 2021