Hands-On Cyber Security Training in Washington, DC or Live Online

Experience immersive cybersecurity training relevant to today’s top cyber threats. Join us in Washington, DC or Live Online for SANS Cyber Defense Initiative® 2021 (December 13- 18), and learn from experienced practitioners. You’ll leave ready to apply what you’ve learned the day you return to work.

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: Interactive, immersion learning with 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.

Live Online Training

In addition to the features listed above, Live Online courses include real-time support from GIAC-certified teacher assistants, hands-on labs, courseware in electronic and printed books, an archive of course lectures uploaded to your account daily during the event, and four months of access to your course lectures recordings.

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.

If you would like to attend In-Person, please register now to ensure your spot before the event meets capacity.




Bonus Session on Tuesday night, December 14th! 


SANS – Year in Cyber Review 2021 – Keynote Panel with Panel Chair Rob T. Lee

The past year has been filled with incredible changes in the cyber security landscape from ICS, Mobile, Cloud, and increased threats from Ransomware. The keynote panel will focus on crucial and quick discussions surrounding the cyber landscape that has changed quickly and forced organizations to consider revamping many of their policies and preparations. Join us on the evening of Day 2 of SANS Cyber Defense Initiative for a humorous, and insightful journey back over the past year filled with examples for practitioners, organizations, and those just starting in cyber security. Our panel consists of experts from ICS, C-Suite, Digital Forensics, Offensive Operations, and Blue Team Operations, making it an educational and valuable evening. Expect the unexpected and a few surprises along the way.

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SANS courses are extremely valuable because of all the hands-on material and their connection to the real world.
Tor Nilsson
- SecurityLink AB
SANS creates a one-of-a-kind learning experience providing world-class training and fascinating opportunities to network and gain new perspectives from your peers!
Justin E.
- US Federal Agency
The instruction at SANS is top-notch. I have been to several SANS training courses and they never disappoint. The instructors bring real life experiences and show the students how the material can be applied.
Thomas Seck
- Johns Hopkins APL
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 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
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    We're looking forward to seeing you in Washington, DC or Live Online! We can't wait to connect - 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
    November 26, 2021 November 21, 2021

    Location

    Washington Hilton

    1919 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
    Washington D.C. 20009

    Phone: 202-483-3000

    Washington Hilton

    Find this historic hotel within blocks of Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan. The White House and National Mall are less than two miles away. Visit LivingWell Health Club for a choice of exercise classes. Sightseeing buses pick up at the hotel, and tour tickets are sold in the lobby

    Hotel Special Rates and Reservations

    A special discounted rate of $215.00 S/D plus applicable taxes will be honored based on space availability.

    A limited number of Government Per Diem rooms at the prevailing rate are available with proper ID.These rates include Internet in your room and are only available through Sunday, November 21, 2021.

    To make a regular reservation, please visit this link.

    To make a government per diem reservation, please visit this link.

    Top 3 reasons to stay at the Washington Hilton

    1. No need to factor in daily cab fees and the time associated with travel to alternate hotels. Everything is in one convenient location!
    2. By staying at the Washington Hilton, 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 evening events at the Washington Hilton that you won't want to miss!

    Experience Washington D.C.

    3 Quick Facts about Washington D.C.

    1. Washington, DC is missing “J” Street.
    2. The original phone number for the White House in 1878 was simply the number 1. A phone wasn’t installed on the President’s desk in the Oval Office until 1929.
    3. During World War I, Woodrow Wilson bought a flock of sheep to graze on the White House lawn. Not only did it save the manpower needed for mowing the lawn, they sold the wool to raise money for the Red Cross.

    Travel Arrangements and Directions

    Please visit the hotel’s website or contact them directly at 202-483-3000 for prevailing parking rates that are subject to change prior to the official meeting dates.

    From Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA): Approximately 7.9 miles.

    From Dulles International Airport (IAD): Approximately 29.0 miles.

    From Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI): Approximately 33.9 miles.

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    Recommended Web Links

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    Health and Safety Information

    OUR COMMITMENT

    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 SAFETY MEASURES

    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.
    SANS SAFETY MEASURES

    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