Practical Courses • Expert Instruction • Cyber Range Challenges

SANS DFIR Training - Austin, TX offers cutting-edge, in-person DFIR training classes that will teach you the most effective ways to obtain forensic evidence, detect compromised systems, identify how and when a breach occurred, and successfully contain and remediate incidents. And you’ll learn it all from some of the best practitioners working in the industry today. Join us for:

  • Top DFIR courses - View Courses
  • Immersive training without home or office distractions
  • Direct access to world-renowned SANS instructors
  • DFIR NetWars Live Online Tournament & Coin Slayer!
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 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 certifications: Several certifications align with DFIR 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.

DFIR Coin Slayer | Live Online Tournament | Now with new questions and more interactive challenges!

Prove your mastery in the DFIR arts by playing in the DFIR NetWars Coin Slayer Tournament and win a fortune of DFIR coinage. You must correctly answer all five questions from all four levels of one or more DFIR domains. If you answer all questions correctly for a single discipline, you will earn the class coin even for classes you did not take yet. You can start at any level and with any DFIR field, but watch out; there will be no hints this time! Take your pick, win them all, or answer as many questions as you can, and be the top team or among the top players to get the DFIR NetWars coins.

As a paid course registrant for SANS DFIR Training - Austin, TX, you will receive an email invitation the week of the event detailing how to confirm your spot and join online. You will need to follow the steps in the email to join the tournament. Then get ready to practice real-world skills through cutting-edge challenges during DFIR NetWars Tournament, July 29-30.

What attendees say about their SANS training experience:

“SANS courses are extremely valuable because of all the hands-on material and their connection to the real world.”
– Tor Nilsson, SecurityLink AB

“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

“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

In-Person Event Considerations

With your health and well-being 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. Please scroll down to the Location section below for additional Health & Safety Information.

If you would like to attend In-Person, please register now to ensure your spot before the event meets capacity.
If you would prefer to attend this event Live Online, please register here for the virtual edition.

Important Dates

Refund Date Hotel Group Discount Deadline
July 9, 2021 July 14, 2021


Hilton Austin

500 East 4th Street
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512-482-8000

At the center of Downtown, our hotel is attached to Austin Convention Center via covered walkway. Reach East Sixth Street nightlife two blocks away, and explore the picturesque Rainey Street Historic District, less than a mile from the door. Our full-service spa boasts a sauna and steam room, and perks include our rooftop pool overlooking the city.

Hotel Special Rates and Reservations

A special discounted rate of $169.00 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 high speed Internet in your room and are only available through Wednesday, July 14, 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 Hilton Austin

  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 Hilton Austin, 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 Hilton Austin that you won't want to miss!

Experience Austin

3 Quick Facts about Austin

  1. Austin has the largest urban bat colony in North America.
  2. Austin gets an average of 300 days of sunshine and is one of the sunniest cities in America.
  3. The city celebrates the fictional character, Eeyore, from Winnie the Pooh on the last Saturday of April.

Travel Arrangements and Directions

A discounted self-parking rate of $20.00 per day plus applicable taxes for drive-in attendees is available. Discounted parking is not available for overnight guests. Please visit the hotel’s website or contact them directly at 512-482-8000 for prevailing parking rates that are subject to change prior to the official meeting dates.

From Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Approximately 9.5 miles.

  • Follow Airport Exits and get onto TX-71 W from Spirit of Texas Drive
  • Continue on TX-71 W
  • Take US-183 N and E 7th St. to Red River St. in Austin
  • Continue for 5 miles and arrive at hotel

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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 registratio

Please see our Live Training FAQ for additional information.