Spring intake closed on March 22.
You are now registering for the Summer intake.
Test your security skills in an intense two-day Capture the Flag created by experts at the SANS Technology Institute.
Evaluate your skills across various security disciplines
During the competition, your knowledge will be tested across many security topics. Are you a binary exploitation expert? Maybe forensics is your forte? Whatever your background knowledge and experience, there will be fun challenges exploring topics from offensive, reversing and crypto!
Race to the top of the leaderboard
The competition takes the format of a jeopardy style event with challenges organized into difficulty categories. Target the advanced challenges for higher points or solve our easy challenges to get a score on the board. Whatever your technique, you’ll be able to keep an eye on your position on our live leaderboard.
Play on our unique Capture the Flag platform
Immerse yourself in our Tomahawque platform where for 48 hours you will be addicted to the leaderboard, engrossed by our unique challenge briefings and earn yourself progress badges!
No. of players from spring intake
Top scoring players from spring intake
During 2020, 100 top-performing eligible students will win a scholarship to study at the SANS Technology Institute.
Learn from a world leader in cybersecurity education
While studying at the SANS Technology Institute, you'll investigate issues that affect complex and interconnected IT systems, learn to combat common threats to valuable data, and emerge with hands-on skills employers are seeking.
Earn your undergraduate cybersecurity certificate in 18 to 24 months while working full-time or pursuing a degree. Or choose an accelerated option to finish in less than a year! Complete the program entirely online or through a mixture of online courses and in-person events across the country. The choice is yours.
Complement your degree
The whole Cyber FastTrack program and the resulting scholarship can be completed alongside your existing studies and commitments, so there is nothing to lose by signing up and giving it your best!
Think carefully about which intake you want to compete in. If you're successful, you must take your scholarship in line with your intake date. The program has three intakes, so you have three opportunities to gain a scholarship! Scroll down to check the dates.
There are three chances to take part in 2020
Register: February 10 - March 22
CTF: March 26 (00:00 UTC) - March 27 (23:59 UTC)
Scholarship Application Phase: April 2 - April 30
Scholarships Announced: June 1
SANS.edu Program Begins: July 1
Summer 2020 - OPEN NOW
Join us this Summer so you can enroll in the SANS Technology Institute in late 2020.
Join us in November so you can enroll in the SANS Technology Institute in early 2021.
What is the criteria to be eligible for a scholarship?
While all students can participate in the Capture the Flag for fun, to be eligible for the full scholarship to the SANS Technology Institute you must be:
Students who are previous recipients of a Cyber FastTrack or other
Institute scholarships may participate in the Capture the Flag but are not eligible to
* Within the past 24 months.
What equipment will I need?
To take part in the CTF, you'll need access to a laptop or desktop with a Virtual Machine (VM) installed. We'd recommend downloading a VM on to your machine and checking it works before the CTF opens so you're prepared.
How do you determine who gets a scholarship?
After the CTF competition, we will invite the top-performing, eligible students to complete a scholarship application. We will review applications holistically looking not only at scores from the CTF but also academic history, responses to application questions, and the potential impact the scholarship could have on a student’s career. If you aren’t selected in this intake, don’t give up! Come back and try again in the next round.
When does the Capture the Flag (CTF) start?
You will have 48 hours to complete the challenges in the CTF beginning at 00:00 (UTC) on March 26. Make sure to check how 00:00 (UTC) converts to your local time zone. For example, on the east coast the CTF will begin at 8:00 pm on March 25.
How can I prepare for the CTF?
There are many free resources available on the Internet to improve your cybersecurity skills. We will be recommending our preferred resources on our blog and social media throughout 2020, so follow us for the most up-to-date information!
Cyber FastTrack has been my first opportunity to practice some of the technical concepts hands on.
Alex Baker, 2019 Scholarship Winner
Cyber FastTrack is a free, online program created by experts at the SANS Institute, the most trusted provider for information security training, cybersecurity certifications, and research. The program exists to ensure thousands of students have the opportunity to enter the cybersecurity industry.
To rapidly eliminate the cybersecurity skills gap in the United States by providing scholarships for students with an innate talent for cybersecurity to study at the SANS Technology Institute.
Our impact so far
Founded in 2005, the SANS Technology Institute is the independent, regionally-accredited, VA-approved subsidiary of SANS, the world's largest and most trusted provider of cybersecurity training, certification, and research. Offering graduate and undergraduate programs at the cutting edge of cybersecurity, SANS is strengthening the cyber workforce through a career-focused curriculum built on proven SANS courses and industry-recognized GIAC certifications.