Inaugural Edition of SANS International Services Cup Delivers US Winner and International Top 5

Bethesda, Md. - The 17th and 18th of March usually revolves around St-Patrick’s Day but this year, there was extra cause for excitement. Especially for those in cybersecurity and you’re serving your country’s military. This year, the 17th and 18th of March saw the inaugural edition of the SANS International Services Cup in which 25 teams from 5 countries (the FVEY partners – Australia; Canada; New Zealand; United Kingdom and the United States of America) went head to head in this global virtual cyber range competition hosted by the SANS Institute.

James Yacone, SANS Chief of Mission, explains what the International Services Cup entails. “SANS has been hosting the US Services Cup for over 5 years and we’ve seen a tremendous increase in participating teams across all military services. SANS recognized the need to build on our community obligation to create a safer global cyber domain by providing fun and engaging cyber range events to build esprit de corps among the military across the world. We couldn’t have been more pleased with the final result.”

For those present, the competition was intense, with several teams coming inches close from one another and the US and UK battling it out for first and second place. In the end, US took home the honor of coming in first place with only 15 points more than the UK team. The battle for the rest of the top 10 ranking was a nail-biter until the very end with US, UK, Canada and New Zealand teams coming in strong. Australia just fell 3 points short of having a team within the top 10.

“We were expecting our US contestants to give our international guests quite the challenge,” Yacone continues. “But we couldn’t have hoped for a better end result, with so many teams showcasing their skills and continuously challenging each other to do better. Our newly released SANS Core NetWars Tournament 7, which had been released only a few weeks before, made sure all players started off on a level playing field. It’s exactly the kind of challenge and healthy competition we want to encourage between these international allies. And we hope they end up reaching out and collaborating together, exchanging experiences and learnings in order to get better together.”

By winning the competition, the US now hold the honor of hosting the next edition of the International Services Cup next year, which SANS hopes to conduct with more military services from across the globe participating.

If you’re looking to find out more about SANS Cyber Ranges and want to stay updated on the latest CTF’s and Ranges, you can find out more on the SANS Cyber Ranges website.

About SANS Institute

The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Today, SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals in government and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach more than 60 courses at in-person and virtual cyber security training events and on demand. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates practitioner skills through more than 35 hands-on, technical certifications in cyber security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers a master’s degree, graduate certificates, and an undergraduate certificate in cyber security. SANS Security Awareness, a division of SANS, provides organizations with a complete and comprehensive security awareness solution, enabling them to easily and effectively manage their ‘human’ cybersecurity risk. SANS also delivers a wide variety of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, webcasts, podcasts, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet's early warning system–the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to support and educate the global information security community. (https://www.sans.org)