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Pen Test HackFest Summit

Bethesda, MD | Mon, Nov 12 - Mon, Nov 19, 2018
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Pen Test HackFest Summit & Training

Pen Test HackFest Summit & Training

  • 2 days of offense-focused Summit talks
  • 8 hands-on pen test courses
  • 3 nights of NetWars and Coin-A-Palooza

Chairman: Ed Skoudis | Summit: November 12-13 | Training: November 14-19 | Summit CPE Credits: 16

Add new skills to your security arsenal by attending the most offense-focused training event of the year. At Pen Test HackFest, you'll enjoy two days of in-depth Summit talks, three nights of NetWars, one night of CyberCity missions, and a Summit field trip, all alongside world-class SANS courses taught by our top Pen Test course authors and instructors. This is the singular annual event where the SANS Pen Test 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.

Our HackFest Summit presentations are curated by SANS Fellow Ed Skoudis and are designed around a central offensive security theme, providing you cutting-edge insight and skills to dramatically improve your organization's defenses. Whether you have red team, penetration testing, forensics, or cyber defense experience, the comprehensive lineup of talks and panel discussions will broaden your knowledge base and help you better protect your organization.

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.

Summit speakers

Bonus sessions offered throughout this comprehensive offense-focused training event include:

  • NetWars, NetWars, NetWars! (NEW v5.0): This event will include THREE full evenings of SANS NetWars challenges, increasing the amount of NetWars time over a traditional SANS live training event. NetWars is an action-packed challenge environment where participants can build their skills while having fun!
  • Coin-A-Palooza: Here is your chance to earn up to FIVE SANS Pen Test 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 course and either earned your coin or didn't, this is your opportunity to earn coins by participating in SANS NetWars. Each coin has a theme and a cipher, so you can show your friends and colleagues your achievement back in the office.
  • CyberCity: In our miniature cyber range simulation, you’ll get the opportunity to impact the physical effects of a hack – meaning that when you hack something in CyberCity, you'll see the power grid go out, the train derail, and the missile fire!
  • Summit field trip and challenge: Enjoy a night of fun and networking as well as a custom Capture-the-Flag challenge uniquely designed just for HackFest attendees.
  • Much more...

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, DTS

"I have had nothing but great experiences with SANS and always come away from classes and Summits with a TON of new things to read, research, and play with that make me a better security professional." - Daniel Bougere, Securicon, LLC

"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

Attendees networking

Network with your peers and make invaluable connections

In addition to featuring two days of in-depth, offense-focused talks, the Summit gives you the opportunity to network with fellow attendees during breaks, social events, and NetWars. Attendees tell us time and again that one of the greatest takeaways from SANS Summits is the many industry connections they forge or deepen during their time with us.

Bundle your Summit experience with a closely aligned course to expand your information security expertise

After the two-day Summit, choose from nine SANS courses taught by top instructors to help you build your skills and advance your career. When you register for a course at Pen Test HackFest, you’ll SAVE $800 off your Summit seat.