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20th Annual SANS Cyber Defensive Initiative® | December 12 – 17

40 Cyber Security Training Courses, 2 Cyber Ranges Washington, DC or Virtual

Learn real-world cyber security skills directly from top industry experts during SANS Live Training events featuring practical courses with hands-on labs, plus cyber range challenges and networking opportunities.

SANS Live Training events are available Live Online or In-Person in select locations. Whichever training option you choose, you will receive high-quality cybersecurity training you can implement immediately.

SANS CDI 2022 20th Anniversary

SANS Cyber Defense Initiative 2022

Learn to combat the world’s latest cyber threats with up-to-the-minute training from real-world practitioners! Connect with other professionals in the cyber community at one of our biggest events of 2022. Join us in Washington, DC, or Live Online for SANS Cyber Defense Initiative 2022 (December 12 – 17, EST).

Featured Live Training Events

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SANS 2023

Learn real-world cyber security skills from top industry experts during SANS 2023 (April 2-7). Join us in Orlando, FL, or Live Online to experience interactive training with hands-on labs, practice your skills during one of our NetWars Tournaments, and network with your peers in real-time.

Live Training Modalities

Solving Real-World Cyber Security Challenges

What cyber security challenges are you and your organization currently facing? Which skills are you interested in strengthening, and what tools do you want to explore?

Hear stories about how alumni used their SANS training to solve real-world cyber security problems and better protect their organization against today's threats. Join us during an upcoming live training event and see how we can help you achieve your goals.

The real value of this training lies at the intersection of quality content and delivery by a subject-matter expert actively working in the field, making it incredibly relevant and immediately applicable to my job.
P. Watson
- Microsoft Corp
Having an SME instructor with tons of real-world experience makes the course material easy to digest, and the Live Online platform is the best platform I've experienced!
Jeremy Swanson
- ManTech
This *really* pulled a lot together for me, and its been hugely valuable - I know parts of this are going to impact my approach to my work from my first day back.
Merewyn Boak
- Apple
Everything from the instructor to the platform to the labs & materials were great. It all fit together and made this Live Online learning process go smooth. GoToTraining & Slack worked great! I wouldn’t change a thing.
Robert L.
- US Federal Agency
SANS training keeps individuals up-to-date with relevant cyber security information. I can now apply the skills learned towards further maturing my program.
Nicholas Marriott
- Pfizer
The best part of SANS training is the absolute knowledge of the instructors. They bring real-world examples to the forefront and have their thumb on the pulse of current tactics used by attackers.
Jessie Prevost
- Trend Micro
SANS training is very valuable because it focuses on what really matters and provides practical and easy ways to improve your security posture.
Antonio Sannino
- P&G
The labs are giving me a chance to see the course content first hand and interact with it. It's doing a good job of letting me play with it and really seeing how the tools and methodologies work.
Ryan Moeller
- Eureka Strategic Consulting

    SANS Summits

    Elevate your knowledge, skills, and industry connections at an upcoming SANS Summit. Summits bring together cyber security practitioners and leading experts to share and discuss case studies, lessons learned, new tools, and innovative strategies to improve cyber security and overcome challenges in a particular focus area or industry. Enhance your experience with a closely aligned Live Training course offered before or after each Summit.

    SANS Stay Sharp

    Build specific skills you can apply the same week you take your training. SANS Stay Sharp offers bite-sized 1-3 day Live Training courses taught by real-world practitioners focused on teaching practical, must-have skills you can use immediately. Whether you are new to the industry looking for a place to start or are a seasoned professional looking to sharpen particular skills, SANS Stay Sharp can help you achieve your goal.

    Cutting-Edge New Courses From Industry Experts

    Learn the latest tools and technologies to keep your organization secure. We are excited to share that several SANS courses have cutting-edge new content, and our authors have developed many brand new courses and GIAC certifications. Explore what's new, and join us for up-to-the-minute training to bolster your skills.

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    SANS Cyber Ranges

    SANS Cyber Ranges offer a comprehensive suite of hands-on ranges with industry-leading interactive learning scenarios, including NetWars Tournaments and Continuous with cutting-edge cyber challenges within an integrated storyline.

    Several Live Training events feature complimentary registration for NetWars Tournaments, allowing you to develop and practice real-world skills to be prepared to defend your environment. Explore our NetWars options, and view the schedule of upcoming tournaments.

    Free Resources From SANS

    View free course demos, explore upcoming webcasts, and learn how to join our free community events.
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    Join the SANS.org Community for Free

    Membership to the SANS.org Community grants you access to thousands of free content-rich resources our SANS instructors produce for the information security community annually. These resources include immediately useful knowledge and capabilities to support your cybersecurity goals.