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Virtual, US Eastern | Mon, Aug 23 - Sat, Aug 28, 2021

NetWars: Cyber Defense

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

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.

The entire challenge involves four levels:

Level 1 - Defending and Securing the wall
Level 2 - Defend against wildling attacks
Level 3 - Defending against undead attacks
Level 4 - Defending against the dreaded Night King

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.


    Course Syllabus
    Schedule Instructors
    Thu Aug 26th, 2021
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Fri Aug 27th, 2021
    7:00 PM - 10:00 PM