Bethesda, Md. – SANS Institute, the global leader in cyber security training and certifications, invites cyber security practitioners and hackers around the world to take part in KringleCon (@KringleCon) 2019. This free, holiday-themed virtual conference features world-class speakers sharing tips and tricks to win the cyber battle. Immediately following the conference SANS will host its annual Holiday Hack Challenge. This year’s capture-the-flag (CTF) event will include new offensive and defensive challenges, featuring a variety of cutting-edge technologies, including machine learning.
KringleCon boasts an extensive line-up of speakers, including IBM Security’s Stephanie Carruthers, Black Hills Information Security’s John Strand, Ian Coldwater from Heroku/Salesforce, Dave Kennedy from TrustedSec, and Lesley Carhart from Dragos, to name a few.
“There are many unique elements to this conference and it starts with an overarching storyline,” explains Ed Skoudis (@edskoudis), director of SANS Cyber Ranges and Team-Based Training and creator of KringleCon, “A nefarious villain tries to hack the conference to cause it to be cancelled. Last year, the evil hacker locked up Santa’s castle and held conference attendees inside the castle. This year’s theme will be equally thrilling. The addition of offensive and defensive machine learning challenges is especially exciting, as we believe this to be the first time that machine learning is used in a CTF event.”
KringleCon is a truly unique hacker conference designed to engage a new generation of cyber professionals, and advance the skills of existing cyber security experts of all ages. Participants learn through a compilation of educational talks, demonstrations, and fun challenges that slowly ramp up in difficulty as participants test what they’ve learned during the Holiday Hack Challenge. The Holiday Hack Challenge offers a series of awards and valuable educational prizes, ranging from SANS OnDemand courses to NetWars Continuous subscriptions.
To learn more about KringleCon and the SANS Holiday Hack Challenge, visit: https://www.holidayhackchallenge.com
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)