Innovative Hiring & Talent Development Programs for Employers

Whether you are looking to hire new employees for cybersecurity positions or creating opportunities for your existing talent, SANS CyberTalent can help ensure you find the right skills match for the job. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the cost of a bad hire is at least 30 percent of the employee's first-year earnings - for a security analyst, that's $27,000+. You can't afford to get hiring wrong at a time when talent is increasingly difficult to find.

SANS Cyber Immersion Academies Help You Recruit Cyber Talent

Organizational leadership and cybersecurity management currently grapple with a talent shortage of unprecedented proportions, almost 350,000 cybersecurity related positions went untilled in 2016. SANS works with partner organizations and the US military to identify candidates with a high aptitude for cybersecurity. Our rigorous recruitment process includes an aptitude and foundational skills assessment as well as personal interviews. Each candidate must submit their resume and application as part of the process, too.

Organizations opting for a CyberTalent Solutions Academy will have the option to interview candidates at the beginning of the recruitment process and have final say for admissions decisions. Academy sponsors will have the opportunity to sponsor a seat in the program and follow candidates throughout their Academy journey as well as interview candidates throughout the Academy process as they complete their training.

Each Academy cohort averages 12 - 15 members. Once candidates are accepted into a cohort, they will complete up to three SANS courses and the corresponding GIAC certifications.

There are a variety of opportunities for organizations to engage
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Cyber Immersion Academy

SANS CyberTalent Immersion Academies provide a range of models that increase the number of qualified professionals entering the cybersecurity field, provide meaningful employment for U.S. veterans, and increase gender diversity in the InfoSec industry.

The program quickly and cost-efficiently meets the specific needs of organizations and employers seeking to discover, develop, and retain top cyber talent.


VetSuccess Academy

Provides transitioning U.S. military veterans with advanced technical training, certifications, and connections to jobs in cybersecurity.

Key Employer Benefits

  • Access to pre-screened candidates and highly trained, certified graduates
  • Support U.S. Veterans and make a positive, immediate impact
  • Opportunity to sponsor Academy seats, support U.S. veterans, and hire Academy graduates

Women's Cyber Academy

Provides training, certification and employment opportunities to women with interest and aptitude in cybersecurity and increases gender diversity in the InfoSec industry.

Key Employer Benefits

  • Access to pre-screened candidates and highly trained, certified graduates
  • Support gender diversity in the InfoSec industry
  • Opportunity to sponsor academy seats and hire Academy graduates

Cyber Workforce Academy

Provides customized, accelerated, and intensive training and certifications to an organization's existing cybersecurity team and/or new candidates and employees.

Key Employer Benefits

  • Custom designed training and certification program based on employer needs
  • Targeted professional development opportunities for existing employees to increase effectiveness and retention
  • Opportunity to integrate new hires during training
  • Cost-efficient recruitment and talent development

SANS CyberTalent Assessments

The cost of hiring mistakes in cybersecurity is exceptionally high. Organizations can't afford to get it wrong. That's why more hiring managers are using SANS Cyber Talent Assessments to increase their hiring success rate.

SANS' easy-to-use assessments reveal which candidates truly have the skills you need to successfully fill your positions. The Assessments can also benchmark your current team's skills and help you create professional development and retention plans for your cyber talent employees.

There are nine CyberTalent Assessments:

  1. Aptitude
  2. CyberTalent Enhanced (50% aptitude, 50% basic skills such as Networking Concepts, Defense-in-Depth, Internet Security Technologies, Communications Security and Operating Security)
  3. Cyber Defense
  4. Penetration Testing
  5. Application Security
  6. Digital Forensics
  7. Cloud
  8. Industrial Control Systems (ICS)
  9. InfoSec Management

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