New to Cyber Field Manual

This manual contains several sections, each focusing on different ways to develop cybersecurity skills. If you focus your efforts on each one, you will gain exposure to the industry and be able to better define your specific pathway and interests.

Take the Test

Take Your Cybersecurity Skills to the Next Level

If you’re new to SANS, you’re probably wondering where to start. SANS training and GIAC certifications can help you reach your goals, but first you need to find the right course or certification for you. Level Up is a short, fun test to challenge your knowledge and see if you know more than you think you know. This isn’t an assessment test, but it can give you a bit of guidance on which SANS course could help you to level up.

Learn the Fundamentals

Gain real-world skills and knowledge from the top experts in cybersecurity. SANS New to Cybersecurity curriculum features multiple options to meet the needs of anyone looking to enter the field. From zero technical experience to basic IT knowledge, SANS has a solution that will enable you to select a starting point for your cybersecurity learning journey.

New2Cyber Summit 2022

Free Virtual Summit: March 23-24 | Summit CPE Credits: 10 New to cybersecurity, looking for a career change, or just want to enhance your skillset? Then the New2Cyber Summit is for you!

Degree Programs and Scholarship Academies

In addition to courses and certifications, SANS also offers academic and scholarship-based programs for people looking to enter the cybersecurity field. You don't need a technical background or experience to apply.

Free Resources

No technical experience is required to start your journey towards a cybersecurity career. Begin learning the basics with these free resources.


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