SANS To Hold Holiday Hack Challenge and KringleCon Conference

The SANS Institute will be launching its 2nd KringleCon virtual conference and the 13th Holiday Hack Challenge. The consecutive events tackle cyber and information security reported The Register.

In the past, KringleCon held its highly successful inaugural event last year. The virtual conference, which is on YouTube, has been viewed over 87,000 times, making it one of the biggest forums on cybersecurity to be held on a virtual venue.

With the announcement of the second KringleCon, SANS is optimistic about the attendance of the conference with gather for this year. To make the events much more enticing, the organizers formulated a story connected to the conference and the challenge. The attendees will be immersed in a narrative in which a hacker is attempting to prevent the online conference from happening.

SANS Holiday Hack Challenge and KringleCon Conference


The 2018 event features the story of a hacker who trapped all of the attendees inside Santa’s castle.

The KringleCOn and the SANS Holiday Hack Challenge are slated to attract more than 20,000 individuals from around the world. The Register remarked that both events “are prime examples of how cybersecurity education can be made fun.” It is also seen as an effective way to “engage a whole new generation of cyber-professionals” and professionals in the field.

Participants can expect to learn from industry experts and members of the cybersecurity and infosec communities. Those who are looking for a stimulating test will be able to see how they fare with the challenges prepared by the organizers. As the difficulty increases, participants are given hints through talks and blogs. They are also given hints as long as they share tactics related to the topic which people can use.

One of the most notable things about the Holiday Hack Challenge is that it has learning materials that teach about offensive and defensive machine learning. Aside from this, SANS also prepared materials for defensive training opportunities for more members of the infosec community.

According to SANS officials, these events are a way to fill the demands for cybersecurity talents. This is through “creating compelling and accessible educational offerings.” A Center for Cyber Safety and Education research revealed that there is a 1.8 million shortage in the global cybersecurity workforce.


With the KringleCon and Holiday Hack Challenge, SANS helps connect talents and professionals to additional skills and networks. In turn, this can help employers seeking cybersecurity talents to fill the related position.