Renewal: Cyber Ranges / Exercises


Cyber Ranges / Exercises

Relevant Cyber Range Activities and Exercises are hands-on interactive learning exercises that can be used to demonstrate ongoing competency in the Information Security field related to the certification(s) being renewed.

There are three types of acceptable activities:

  1. DoD Hands-on Range Activities include but not limited to:

    • Defense Industry Joint Cyber Incident Tabletop Exercise
    • CyberFlag
    • National level, Joint Service and Inter-Agency exercises

  2. SANS NetWars Activities

    • Cyber Defense NetWars
    • DFIR NetWars Tournament
    • DFIR NetWars Continuous
    • GRID NetWars
    • ICS NetWars
    • NetWars Cybercity
    • NetWars Courses
    • NetWars Continuous
    • NetWars Experience
  3. Third-Party Cyber Activities such as Cyber Defense Exercises (Red vs. Blue), Capture The Flag (CTF) and Tabletop Exercises.
    Examples of providers include, but are not limited to:

    • Raytheon
    • Merit Network
    • ManTech
    • Cloud Range
Category Guidelines:

The number of CPEs varies by activity:

  • DoD Hands-On Range Activities: 12 CPEs per 2 days
  • SANS Netwars:
    • Netwars Tournament: 6 CPEs per completed tournament
    • Netwars Continuous: 12 CPEs per completion of level 3
  • Third Party Activities: 1 CPE per hands-on hour, with a maximum of 6 CPEs per day.
  • A maximum of 12 CPEs per renewal can be used from this category.
  • CPEs earned in this category can be applied to 1 GIAC certification.
  • The activity must be completed within the four-year period in which your certification is currently valid.
Required Supporting Documentation:
  • Certificate of Completion that includes participant name, name of the activity, training provider, complete dates and training hours
  • SANS NetWars:
    • NetWars Tournament: Please include a copy of your Certificate of Completion for 6 CPEs.
    • NetWars Continuous: Please include a copy of your Certificate of Completion or a copy of your Progress Report verifying you have achieved Level 3 access for 12 CPEs.

You must include documentation as noted above at the time of submission. All CPE submissions and supporting documentation must be in English.