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SANS Cyber Defence Coin

Securing a SANS Cyber Defence Coin in as a tough challenge and real honour. Learn the coin's story, significance and how to go about earning one.

SANS challenge Coins are a rare badge of honour. There are different routes to achieving one. Students who have secured Coins do so through making valuable contributions in their SANS class or by winning a Capture The Flag tournament.

Within the Cyber Defence Curriculum, SEC575: Mobile Device Security and Ethical Hacking offers a CTF exercise which provides students with an opportunity to secure the SEC575 Reptile Coin.

Cyber Defence Coins

What Does SANS Cyber Defence Coin Signify?

The Cyber Defence coins validates the holder's cyber defence skills. The Coin is only awarded to students who have more than mastered their discipline's most important skills.

The Coin symbolises the holder's commitment to lifelong learning and self-development. On the reverse side of Coin is a cypher. By embossing the Coin with a puzzle it sends a powerful message to students: they might have won this prize, but there's always another challenge to be met.

How Can I Earn A Cyber Defence Coin?

At the end of SEC575 there's a Capture The Flag exercise. This is an ideal opportunity to practice new cyber security skills, and for students to demonstrate their mastery through competing with others in class.

The winner of the CTF challenge at a Training Event wins a Coin. The challenges are tough as students play against peers.

SANS Instructors can choose to award Coins at their discretion. An Instructor may, for example, choose to recognise a student who has made an extemporary contribution to the class or worked with particular diligence.

Indirectly, Cyber Defence students can find an opportunity to win the NetWars World Coin. Anyone attending a Training Event where NetWars is being held, is welcome to enter the tournament (space and seats allowing).

NetWars is free for students who attend our long courses. To win The World Coin students will have to defeat some very stiff competition.

Read what students say about SANS Cyber Defence training or download some of our free Defence Resources here.


Training Events Offering Cyber Defence Courses
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SANS Amsterdam May 2019 May 20 - May 25, 2019  
SANS London June 2019 Jun 03 - Jun 08, 2019  
SANS Zurich June 2019 Jun 03 - Jun 08, 2019  
SANS SEC440 Oslo June 2019 Jun 11 - Jun 12, 2019  
SANS Paris July 2019 Jul 01 - Jul 06, 2019  
SANS Munich July 2019 Jul 01 - Jul 06, 2019  
SANS London July 2019 Jul 08 - Jul 13, 2019  
SANS Riyadh July 2019 Jul 27 - Aug 01, 2019  
SANS London August 2019 Aug 05 - Aug 10, 2019  
SANS Prague August 2019 Aug 12 - Aug 17, 2019  
SANS Amsterdam August 2019 Aug 19 - Aug 24, 2019  
SANS Copenhagen August 2019 Aug 26 - Aug 31, 2019  
SANS Munich September 2019 Sep 02 - Sep 07, 2019  
SANS Brussels September 2019 Sep 02 - Sep 07, 2019  
SANS Oslo September 2019 Sep 09 - Sep 14, 2019  
SANS Dubai September 2019 Sep 14 - Sep 19, 2019  
SANS Paris September 2019 Sep 16 - Sep 21, 2019  
SANS Bahrain September 2019 Sep 21 - Sep 26, 2019  
SANS London September 2019 Sep 23 - Sep 28, 2019  
SANS DFIR Prague 2019 Sep 30 - Oct 06, 2019  
SANS Cardiff September 2019 Sep 30 - Oct 05, 2019  
SANS Riyadh October 2019 Oct 05 - Oct 10, 2019  
SANS Doha October 2019 Oct 12 - Oct 17, 2019  
SANS London October 2019 Oct 14 - Oct 19, 2019  
SANS Amsterdam October 2019 Oct 28 - Nov 02, 2019  
SANS London November 2019 Nov 11 - Nov 16, 2019  
SANS Gulf Region 2019 Nov 16 - Nov 28, 2019  
SANS Munich November 2019 Nov 18 - Nov 23, 2019  
SANS SEC401 Madrid November 2019 (in Spanish) Nov 18 - Nov 23, 2019  
SANS Security Operations London 2019 Dec 02 - Dec 07, 2019  
SANS Frankfurt December 2019 Dec 09 - Dec 14, 2019  
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