Core NetWars Tournament of Champions

The SANS Institute is proud to host the Core NetWars Tournament of Champions this year during SANS Cyber Defense Initiative® 2021. The SANS Core NetWars Tournament of Champions is an annual celebration of the top-scoring players from around the globe. The top individual players and top teams from the past two years will compete head-on for their chance to claim victory and win a coveted Tournament of Champions trophy!

The challenge will run for two consecutive days, and a virtual Opening Reception will be held for the Tournament of Champions participants before the challenge begins. The Opening Reception will feature special speakers and will serve as an orientation to kick off the Tournament.


Core NetWars Tournament of Champions Schedule:

  • Virtual Opening Reception
    • Thursday, December 16, 6:00-6:30PM EST (UTC - 5)
  • Tournament
    • Thursday, December 16, 6:30-9:30PM EST (UTC - 5)
    • Friday, December 17, 6:30-9:30PM EST (UTC - 5)

Please note that this special event is complimentary for invited guests, and the Tournament itself will be hosted online in conjunction with SANS Cyber Defense Initiative® 2021. Eligible players may choose to participate Live Online or In-Person. Players who prefer to participate in a group setting are welcome to join us In-Person at the Washington Hilton. Whether attending In-Person or Live Online, players will be able to fully participate, have access to real-time support and interactive chat features, and receive prizes.


SANS Cyber Defense Initiative® 2021

Guests who would like to add a SANS training course to their Tournament may visit the SANS Cyber Defense Initiative® 2021 website to register.

More Information:

  • Please visit the Core NetWars Tournament page to learn more about the version of NetWars featured in the SANS Core NetWars Tournament of Champions.
  • For questions regarding the Tournament, please see our FAQ. For additional questions, please contact

There's still time to qualify for this year's Core NetWars Tournament of Champions!

Register for a course during the following upcoming events, and participate in Core NetWars Tournament for free (a value of 1,895 USD). Please note, some courses are available In-Person or Live Online, but all Core NetWars Tournaments will be played online. See the host event pages for details.
Tournament DatesTimesTime ZoneHost Event
Oct 28 & 29


US Eastern TimeSANS Cyber Security East: Oct 2021
Nov 4 & 56:30PM-9:30PM

Greenwich Mean Time

SANS London November 2021
Nov 4 & 56:30PM-9:30PMGreenwich Mean TimeSANS UK Online November 2021
Nov 4 & 56:30PM-9:30PMUS Mountain TimeSANS Rocky Mountain Fall 2021
Nov 20 & 21
6:30PM-9:30PMUS Eastern Time
Pen Test HackFest Summit & Training 2021 (Courses Live Online)
Nov 20 & 216:30PM-9:30PMUS Eastern TimePen Test HackFest Summit & Training 2021 (Courses in Bethesda, MD)