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SANS Institute to Return to Canberra for its Largest Training Event in the APAC Region

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World-Class Security Training Tackles Today's Biggest Security Challenges

Canberra, AU, 4 June 2012 - SANS, along with their Australian training partner, Shearwater Solutions, today announced the return of SANS Canberra 2012, SANS' largest training event in the APAC Region, 2-10 July. Attendees will receive SANS' world-class information security training in Security Essentials, Hacker Techniques, Penetration Testing and Reverse-Engineering Malware.

The last year has had some shocking IT security breaches, highlighting that almost anyone can be a victim. What can we learn from these attacks and how can we make IT systems safer? In the view of Steve Armstrong, SANS Certified Instructor and former lead of the RAF's penetration and TEMPEST testing teams, "every breach serves as a lesson and can help highlight areas of potential weaknesses for other organizations."

Mr. Armstrong will teach Hacker Techniques, Exploits & Incident Handling, a 6-day course that includes access to the Virtual Training Lab. This hands-on course outlines the step-by-step approach used by many computer attackers as well as the latest attack vectors and how to stop them. Students of this course will come away with strategies and tools for proactively defending critical systems.

Mr. Armstrong will also teach Cloud Security Fundamentals. Launched earlier this year, this course is designed to help information security professionals understand the risks of cloud computing and safely migrate systems, applications and data into cloud environments. It covers a wide array of cloud security topics and aligns with the Cloud Security Alliance guidance and CCSK certification.

Reverse-Engineering Malware: Malware Analysis Tools and Techniques will be taught by Hal Pomeranz, SANS Faculty Fellow. This unique course provides a rounded approach to reverse-engineering by covering both behavioral and code phases of the analysis process. Morgan Harris of Booz Allen Hamilton speaks to the value of the 5-day Reverse-Engineering Malware course: "This course touches on the most novel, up-to-date malware challenges in today's world, and the instructor is great!"

SANS Canberra 2012 will feature presentations, hands-on training and networking opportunities with top security experts and SANS Certified Instructors including Jim Herbeck, Steve Armstrong, James Shewmaker, Hal Pomeranz and Steve Armstrong.

SANS Canberra 2012 will be held at SANS' Hotel Realm campus located at 18 National Circuit, Barton ACT. For more information on the event including panel and discussion overviews or to register, please visit:

About SANS Institute

The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. SANS is the most trusted and by far the largest source for information security training and security certification in the world. In addition to world-class training, SANS offers certification via the ANSI accredited GIAC security certification program. SANS offers a myriad of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, newsletters, and it operates the Internet's early warning system - the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners in varied global organizations from corporations to universities working together to help the entire information security community.

About Shearwater Solutions

As the SANS Institute exclusive partner in Australia/NZ, Shearwater provides extensive advanced information security training for personnel from federal and state government organisations, leading commercial, local government and consulting organisations, as well as maintaining advanced qualifications for its own personnel. Shearwater's relationships with the Internet Storm Centre, the Australian Information Security Association and ISACA provide us with the latest knowledge of industry and technology developments and allow us to contribute to Australian developments in this field. Shearwater is a panel member for a number of federal government departments and are part of the NSW panels 2020 (ICT Services Supplier Panel) and 2360 (GTA Categ 5 - Telecom & Services).