Hands-On Cyber Security Training in Chicago, Illinois

Discover how to prevent cyber-attacks and detect adversaries with actionable techniques you can apply immediately. Join us for SANS Chicago 2021 in Illinois (November 8-13), and experience practical, relevant information security training you can use immediately.

Choose your course and register now to learn from top industry practitioners. We look forward to seeing you In-Person soon!

Limited In-Person seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register now to secure your spot.

SANS Live Training Features

  • Training on the cutting edge: All courses are designed to align with dominant security team roles, duties, and disciplines.
  • Learn from the best: SANS instructors are active security practitioners who bring their extensive knowledge and real-world experiences to the classroom.
  • GIAC Certification: Several certifications align with SANS training courses, validating student mastery for professional use in critical, specialized InfoSec domains, and job-specific roles.
  • A superior investment: Focused, immersion learning without distractions, plus opportunities to network with and learn from other professionals.
  • The SANS Promise: You will be able to apply the skills and techniques you’ve learned as soon as you return to work.

In-Person Event Considerations

With your health and wellbeing in mind, we are working closely with the event venue to apply the greatest safety measures and highest standards of cleanliness for our In-Person attendees.

What Students Say About Their SANS Training Experience

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
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 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
SANS courses are extremely valuable because of all the hands-on material and their connection to the real world.
Tor Nilsson
- SecurityLink AB
SANS offers the ultimate in quality instruction and thoughtful curriculum development. I learned so much this week and can't wait to review and apply what I learned.
Gabrielle S.
- US Federal Agency

    We're looking forward to being back in Chicago! We can't wait to see you - let us know what you're looking forward to and what course you're taking. 

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    Important Dates

    Refund Date Hotel Group Discount Deadline
    October 22, 2021 October 13, 2021


    Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile

    511 N. Columbus Drive
    Chicago, IL 60611

    Phone: 312-836-5900

    Embassy Suites by Hilton Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile

    Our suites feature views of downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan, just two blocks from the Magnificent Mile. We're a 15-minute walk from Navy Pier and Millennium Park. The Grand CTA station is half a mile away, for access to more Chicago landmarks along the Red Line. Enjoy free made-to-order breakfast and our complimentary evening social.

    Hotel Special Rates and Reservations

    A special discounted rate of $206.00 S/D will be honored based on space availability.

    These rates include Internet in your room and are only available through Wednesday, October 13, 2021

    To make a reservation, please visit this link.

    The group rate is lower than the Government Per Diem rate. Should the Government Per Diem rate fall below the group rate, a limited amount of rooms will be made available at the prevailing Government Per Diem rate.

    Top 3 reasons to stay at the Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile

    1. No need to factor in daily cab fees, parking expense, and the time associated with travel to alternate hotels. Everything is in one convenient location!
    2. By staying at the Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile, you gain the opportunity to further network with your industry peers and remain in the center of the activity surrounding the conference.
    3. SANS schedules morning and evening events at Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile that you won't want to miss!

    Experience Chicago!

    3 Quick Facts about Chicago

    1. About 40 million people visit Chicago each year. That’s about 12 percent of the national population.
    2. Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin are all visible from the top of Willis Tower.
    3. Deep dish pizza was invented at Uno Pizzeria as spiritual successors to the casseroles that were popular during the Great Depression.

    Travel Arrangements and Directions

    A discounted valet parking rate of $28.00 per day plus applicable taxes for DAILY attendees is available. For OVERNIGHT attendees, a discounted valet parking rate of $40.00 plus applicable taxes is available.

    From O’Hare International Airport (ORD): Approximately 17.5 miles.

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    Health and Safety Information


    As we welcome you back to our In-Person Training Events, the safety of you, our Customer, remains our greatest priority. We take great pride in working with hotel venues that maintain the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene. Our venues have taken extreme measures, developed in consultation with global and local public health authorities, to make cleaning and hygiene protocols even more rigorous. Our commitment to you: to always make proactive decisions that are grounded in care, ensuring your safety and peace of mind. We are grateful for the trust you have shown us over the years and can't wait to welcome you back.


    Venue protocols will include all of the following and any required local guidelines such as PPE (Face Masks) and Physical Distancing, which are subject to change:

    • Enhanced Cleaning: with a focus on ‘high touch areas’ such as door handles, restrooms, and food & beverage areas
    • Personal Hygiene: hand sanitizer stations will be located in common areas
    • Increased Air Circulation: venues will keep HVAC systems operational during training, to introduce fresh air into the meeting space.

    While we have taken extraordinary planning steps to be thoughtful and deliberate about our framework, fluidity remains with local ordinances. Our measures will be implemented in accordance with these local government agencies and may vary depending on timing. These measures may include some or all of the following measures:

    • Vaccinations: SANS Staff & Faculty will be fully vaccinated prior to travel. We highly encourage you do the same or exercise your due diligence before traveling to an in-person event. Exploring alternative options are encouraged including our Live Online Training events
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): an adjustable, cloth mask will be provided at check-in. Face masks may be required in both common areas and in the meeting space and will be confirmed at event check-in. Guidance will be implemented in accordance with local and venue ordinance
    • Physical Distancing: inside of classrooms, seating areas may be arranged to ensure proper distancing
    • Reduced Contact: at registration, SANS aims to reduce queuing and offer limited-contact registration