Holiday Challenges Series - Ep 3 - SANS Holiday Hack Challenge with KringleCon
Since some of the information you are about to hear is time specific, I want to let you know that I am recording this near the end of November in 2023.
If you missed the first episode, which introduces this series, you can go back and listen to HPR3996
The SANS Holiday Hack Challenge is an interactive online technology and hacking game combined with a virtual security conference, beginning in the second week of December. By the time this episode drops, it may already be live. You can tour the North Pole conference facilities, meeting people, interactive non-player characters (NPC), and maybe even some villains from Holiday Hack Challenges past, as you solve problems and gather clues which you use to help save Christmas.
Everything can be done from within the browser, and did I mention there is a virtual security conference, called KringleCon? Some of the biggest rock stars (and most humble and brilliant people) in CyberSecurity speak each year at KringleCon. Many of their talks also provide clues to solving game challenges.
Ed Skoudis and his team (The same people who build SANS NetWars) work tirelessly year after year to create the most amazing experience, complete with custom music! This has become one of my favorite holiday traditions each year. You can learn more about the 2023 challenge by watching Ed's Inside SANS Holiday Hack Challenge 2023 YouTube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9Gmdr_CxzQ
You can access this year's challenge by visiting sans.org/holidayhack or https://www.sans.org/mlp/holiday-hack-challenge-2023/
There, you will learn more about all things Holiday Hack before the game opens in the second week of December. If you want to play now, or just get a feel for it, you can access three of the previous years' challenges right now at the same site.
I am not associated with SANS or the Holiday Hack Challenge in any way, other than to have participated for several years now, and I have watched other people learn and grow by taking part in it.
I hope that you have enjoyed this short series. If there are other online challenges you find interesting or informative, I encourage you to record a show about them.
Have a wonderful day.