SANS Cyber Defense

The most trusted source of cyber defense and blue team training, certification, and research.

Featured Cyber Defense Courses & Certifications

    Step Into the Future of Cybersecurity with our Next Gen Labs

    Elevate your cybersecurity skills with the newly enhanced SEC401 Security Essentials. Featuring 20 cutting-edge labs and 4 comprehensive scenarios, this course is meticulously designed to prepare you for the latest threats and defense strategies. Dive into a world of hands-on, practical training that simulates real-world challenges, helping you stay ahead in the cybersecurity arena.


    Cyber Defense Certifications

    Cyber defenders play an essential role in securing the enterprise. Defending against attacks is only possible with the right skill set - and confidence in your abilities as an all-around defender and those of your team. GIAC's Cyber Defense certifications span the entire defense spectrum and are focused in two areas: cyber defense essentials and blue team operations. Whether your needs are beginner-level, advanced, or for a specialized area of defense, GIAC has the credentials you need to keep your organization safe from the latest threats.

    Graduate Certificate Program in Cyber Defense Operations

    Graduate Certificate Program in Cyber Defense Operations

    Gain hands-on knowledge in the applied technologies and operational techniques needed to defend and secure information assets and business systems.
    • Designed for working InfoSec and IT professionals
    • Highly technical 12-credit-hour program
    • Includes 4 industry-recognized GIAC certifications

    Learn Blue Team Skills With These Experts

    “Attackers are smart, but that doesn’t mean their job should be easy – with a properly designed defensive strategy and a team that’s trained up and ready for action, any organization can significantly raise the bar on would-be attackers and repel disruptive cyberattacks.” - John Hubbard, Curriculum Lead

    About SANS Cyber Defense

    SANS Cyber Defense focuses on actionable techniques to better defend organizations through a collection of training courses, certifications, and a myriad of community initiatives.

    Specifically emphasizing cyber security, a defender's focus is to defend the organization from cyber-attacks. Through development and implementation of security controls, verification of the controls' effectiveness, and continuous monitoring and improvement, cyber defenders strengthen an organization's capabilities against potential attacks.

    Our SANS Cyber Defense curriculum provides intensive, immersion training designed to help you and your staff master the practical steps necessary for defending systems and applications against the most dangerous threats. Our courses are full of important and immediately useful techniques that you can put to work as soon as you return to your office. The curriculum has been developed through a consensus process involving industry-leading engineers, architects, administrators, developers, security managers, and information security professionals. 

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