SANS Mentor Program Announces Mentor of The Year Award Winners

For Immediate Release
Contact: Heather Kohls

Tel: (630) 554-9663
Email: hkohls@sans.org

(Bethesda, Maryland) June 9, 2010. The SANS Institute is proud to announce their Mentor of the Year award recipients. This year there were two award winners.

Zoher Anis and Christopher Crowley, both from Gaithersburg, MD, earned this coveted award.

The Mentor of the Year Award is given to SANS Mentors who excel in their leading SANS Mentor Training classes in their local communities. These Mentors are the shining stars of the Mentor Program and are on the path to become Certified SANS Instructors. Mr. Anis and Mr. Crowley personally trained approximately 50 local security professionals in the areas of IT security, network penetration testing, and ethical hacking. Their students have learned the tools and tricks to defend their organizations against the attacks that are launched each and every day against computer systems across the globe.

About the SANS Mentor Program: The SANS Mentor Program brings local, live SANS training into the local community. Classes are lead by GIAC Certified Mentors once a week for ten consecutive weeks. Mentors lead sessions on their own time as they have a passion for IT Security and want to give back to the local security community.

About SANS: Established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Its programs reach more than 400,000 security professionals, auditors, system administrators, and network administrators who share the lessons they are learning and jointly find solutions to the challenges they face. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners in government agencies, corporations, and universities around the world who invest hundreds of hours each year in research and teaching to help the entire information security community.

About GIAC: Founded in 1999, the Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) provides IT security professionals with certification in the areas of security administration, management, forensics, audit, and software security. GIAC has certified more than 30,000 IT Security professionals and assures and validates that certified individuals have practical awareness, knowledge, and skills in key areas of computer, network, and software security. Its certifications and are trusted by thousands of companies and government agencies, including the United States National Security Agency (NSA).

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