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Breaking in, and getting back out in an effort to leave no trace.

Welcome to The Vault, the premier physical penetration test challenge at SAINTCON! If you have a knack for bypassing doors, picking locks and subverting security systems, then this is the ultimate challenge for you. The Vault offers a unique experience where participants attempt to overcome doors and safes of varying degrees of difficulty, aiming to score as many points as possible before the conference comes to a close.

The Vault’s open structure allows multiple teams of competitors to engage in the challenge simultaneously. The Vault presents participants with a series of doors, all externally facing, which allow contestants to approach any door they would like to make an attempt to bypass. Each door poses a unique challenge, testing the competitors’ skills, creativity, and problem-solving abilities. The Vault doors include hardware that is both commodity or consumer grade along with hardware seen in secure facilities.

Everything you need to know…

To succeed in the Vault, participants must demonstrate proficiency in circumventing physical security measures, utilizing their technical expertise, intuition, and teamwork. By employing a blend of traditional methods, such as lock picking and safe cracking, alongside cutting-edge technologies, contestants can navigate the intricate puzzle-like nature of each door, unlocking its secrets and accumulating valuable points along the way. Contestants both new to seasoned will find challenges suited to their experience at the Vault. The Vault contest is a spectator sport, every door is viewable for the entire contestant hall to observe.  
So, if you are ready to immerse yourself in the thrilling world of physical penetration testing and relish the challenge of outsmarting security systems, the Vault at SaintCon awaits. Step inside, embrace the excitement, and test your mettle as you strive to unlock victory and claim the title of the ultimate door-cracking master! 

Each team will be given ONE RFID tag assigned to your team. This RFID tag is used for scoring. Every challenge at the Vault has a yellow RFID box which, when teams complete a challenge, will scan their RFID tag on the box to ‘score’ that door. Every door is worth a set number of points and the doors will change every day of the conference, meaning you can come back each day and score more points. Teams no longer need to schedule time to compete, if a door is available, a team may make an attempt. 

There are a few things to keep note of: 

– Destructive entry methods are not permitted. 

– Each challenge door is externally facing and can be approached at any time. 

The Vault structure and challenges have been designed to ensure everyone has a chance to interact with the Vault contest regardless of their skill level.  

The contest has featured all of the following elements over the years:

  • Hinge Pins on all doors. Don’t try to take the hinges off; it won’t work, and these doors are HEAVY!  
  • Lock Picking  
  • Both Low and High-Frequency RFID  
  • Kaba Simplex 1000  
  • Trilogy T2  
  • Bluetooth/WiFi Deadbolts  
  • Request-To-Exit (REX) Sensor  
  • Kaba X-09  
  • Over/Under the door protection  
  • Safecracking (we will have multiple difficulty levels (easy/medium/hard)) 
  • Dimple locks 
  • Warded lock 
  • Biometrics

Hours of Operation

  • Monday
    Expo Closed Monday
  • Tuesday
    10:30a – 5:00p
  • Wednesday
    10:30a – 5:00p
  • Thursday
    9:00a – 5:00p
  • Friday
    9:00a – 10:00a
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