Come to Washington DC for Hands-On Cybersecurity Training

Learn to combat the world’s latest cyber threats with up-to-the-minute training from real-world practitioners! Make new connections at one of the largest gatherings of professionals in the cyber community this year. Join us for SANS Cyber Defense Initiative 2024 (December 13 – 18).

SANS Cyber Defense Initiative 2024 features:

  • In-Person or Live Online training (see Available Courses for details)
  • Tactical cyber security training taught by experts who work in the industry
  • Hands-on labs in a virtual environment
  • Courses include electronic and printed books
  • Most courses align with GIAC certifications
  • Earn CPE credits toward a certification renewal

Please note, courses are available In-Person in Washington, D.C., or Live Online during this event. Please see course details below for availability. For In-Person courses, seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Register now to secure your spot.

SANS Live Training Offers You

  • Flexible Options: Interactive, immersion-style training available Live Online or In-Person with opportunities to network with and learn from other professionals.
  • Courses on the cutting edge: All courses are designed to align with dominant security team roles, duties, and disciplines.
  • Training from the best: SANS instructors are active security practitioners who bring their extensive knowledge and real-world experiences to the classroom.
  • GIAC Certification: Most certifications align with SANS training courses, validating student mastery for professional use in critical, specialized InfoSec domains, and job-specific roles.
  • The SANS Promise: You will be able to apply the skills and techniques you've learned as soon as you return to work.

Whether you attend In-Person or Live Online, you will receive high-quality cybersecurity training directly from real-world practitioners. Register now to experience training you can use immediately to secure your environment and advance your career.

Learn About The SANS Live Training Experience

Are you curious about what to expect from SANS Live Training? Listen to what our alumni say about their experience!

Choose from interactive Live Online and In-Person training available in several time zones and select locations. Whichever format you choose, you will receive high-quality cyber security training you can use immediately.

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
    470x382_Join-the_Conversation_3.jpg

    We are excited you are joining us for SANS Cyber Defense Initiative 2024! Let us know what course you're taking and what you are looking forward to during your SANS Training experience.

    Follow the event and start networking → #SANSCDI


    Important Dates

    Refund Date Hotel Group Discount Deadline
    November 26, 2024 November 19, 2024

    Location

    Washington Hilton

    1919 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.

    Washington D.C. 20009

    Phone: 202-483-3000

    Washington Hilton

    Discover a contemporary urban retreat located in the heart of D.C.'s most desirable neighborhoods. Steeped in history, this hotel has hosted presidents, notable figures, and prestigious events since 1965. Enjoy a seasonal outdoor heated pool with spectacular views of the Washington Monument. Discover local flavors in four exceptional on-site dining venues.

    Hotel Special Rates and Reservations

    A special discounted rate of $222.00 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 Tuesday, November 19, 2024.

    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 additional networking events at the Washington Hilton that you won't want to miss!

    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.

    Google Maps

    Experience Washington D.C.

    3 Quick Facts about Washington D.C.

    1. Washington D.C. 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.

    Recommended Web Links

    https://washington.org/

    Health and Safety Information

    Student safety is one of our greatest priorities. We make proactive decisions that are grounded in care. It is important to consider your own personal situation and the risk to you, your fellow attendees, and SANS faculty and staff before attending in-person training. We take great pride in only working with hotel venues that maintain rigorous standards of cleanliness and hygiene and continue to monitor the evolving situation and guidelines.