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Security Essentials

Computer security is a field where things change daily. To stay on top you must have a strong foundation in the essentials of security. SANS Security Essentials curriculum consists of courses designed to help you gain the knowledge and hands-on skills you need to succeed as a security professional. These courses are exclusive to SANS and were created by security expert Dr. Eric Cole.

Security 401 :: SANS Security Essentials

SANS SEC401 :: Security Essentials is our most popular course and introduces you to the critical components of network security in an in-depth, comprehensive six-day course. We recommend this course to students who are just beginning their security career and technical generalist who wear many different hats. You will gain the essential, up-to-the-minute knowledge and skills required for effective performance when given the responsibility for securing systems and/or organizations. This course will also help you prepare for the GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC).

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Security 501 :: Advanced Security Essentials - Enterprise Defender

SANS SEC 501 :: Advanced Security Essentials - Enterprise Defender takes your security foundation to the next level. This cyber security survival course focuses on the three key security factors of securing your organization: prevention, detection, and reaction.

  • Prevention - configuring a system or network correctly
  • Detection - identifying that a breach has occurred at the system or network level
  • Reaction - responding to an incident and moving to evidence collection/forensics

About the Author

Dr. Eric Cole is an industry recognized security expert, with over 15 year's hands-on experience. Dr. Cole currently performs leading edge security consulting and works in research and development to advance the state of the art in information systems security. Dr. Cole has experience in information technology, with a focus on perimeter defense, secure network design, vulnerability discovery, penetration testing, and intrusion detection systems. Dr. Cole has a Masters in Computer Science from NYIT, and a Ph.D. from Pace University with a concentration in Information Security. Dr. Cole is the author of several books including Hackers Beware, Hiding in Plain Site, Network Security Bible and Insider Threat. He is also the inventor of over 20 patents and is a researcher, writer, and speaker. Eric is also a senior scientist with Lockheed Martin Information Technology (LMIT) and Lockheed Martin (LM) fellow. Dr. Cole is actively involved with The SANS Technology Institute (STI) and SANS working with students, teaching, and maintaining and developing courseware.