SANS Penetration Testing

SANS Pen Test Poster: Pivots Payloads Boardgame


We are excited to introduce to you the new SANS Penetration Testing Educational Poster, "Pivots & Payloads Board Game"! It is a poster and a board game. How is it a board game? You can lay it down on a table, cut out the game pieces and game modifiers, use a dice to move your piece around the board...and play with your friends, colleagues, and/or family.

The board game takes you through pen test methodology, tactics, and tools with many possible setbacks that defenders can utilize to hinder forward progress for a pen tester or attacker. The game helps you learn while you play. It's also a great way to showcase to others what pen testers do and how they do it.

We have made the poster/board game available to download, with additional downloads of the cheat sheets, game pieces, and game modifiers. We will add additional content to this blog page as we continue to evolve the board game and improve on it in future versions.

Download PDF of Pivots & Payloads:



Additional Pivots & Payloads:

Desktop Wallpaper



Game Pieces - Print PDF


Cheat Sheets - Print PDF




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Upcoming SANS Special Event - 2018 Holiday Hack Challenge


SANS Holiday Hack Challenge - KringleCon 2018

  • Free SANS Online Capture-the-Flag Challenge
  • Our annual gift to the entire Information Security Industry
  • Designed for novice to advanced InfoSec professionals
  • Fun for the whole family!!
  • Build and hone your skills in a fun and festive roleplaying like video game, by the makers of SANS NetWars
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Player Feedback!

  • "On to level 4 of the #holidayhackchallenge. Thanks again @edskoudis / @SANSPenTest team." - @mikehodges
  • "#SANSHolidayHack Confession — I have never used python or scapy before. I got started with both today because of this game! Yay!" - @tww2b
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Posted October 2, 2018 at 6:39 PM | Permalink | Reply

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Jacob Boomgaarden


Posted October 4, 2018 at 4:01 PM | Permalink | Reply

Sara Ruiz

I am interested in the menctioned poster

Posted October 4, 2018 at 6:02 PM | Permalink | Reply

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Posted October 5, 2018 at 8:13 PM | Permalink | Reply


Nice article here.

Posted October 28, 2018 at 10:23 AM | Permalink | Reply


Thank you for the board game! It's a great idea

Posted November 1, 2018 at 4:04 PM | Permalink | Reply

Chan Yen Jet

Pivots Payloads Boardgame

Posted November 2, 2018 at 5:51 PM | Permalink | Reply

Steve Gifford

Looking for poster

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