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Cybersecurity Career Seekers


Find a Rewarding Career in Cybersecurity

There is a shortage of cybersecurity talent and the demand for skilled professionals continues to grow. In 2016, there were 348,640 cybersecurity jobs left unfilled because organizations could not find talent with the right skill sets. To help fill the skills gap, the SANS Institute created the SANS CyberTalent Immersion Academy, an intensive, accelerated training program that provides SANS world class training and GIAC certifications to quickly and effectively launch careers in cybersecurity.

SANS CyberTalent Immersion Academies are 100% scholarship-based and no cost to participants. Academies are offered throughout the year in a variety of locations. There are several types of Immersion Academies:

  • VetSuccess - open to transitioning veterans and those transitioned in the last five years and not currently working in cybersecurity in a civilian role. Military spouses are eligible for select Academies. Click here to learn more.
  • Women's Academy - this Academy is open to career-changers and college seniors with a background in IT, but not currently working in cybersecurity roles. Click here to learn more.
  • Cyber Workforce Academy - these Academies are made possible by grants, sponsors and organizations looking to hire cybersecurity talent or help advance the field by bringing in new talent. Academy eligibility requirements and curricula will be based on the specific focus and needs of the sponsors. Click here for more information.
  • Diversity Cyber Academy - SANS and International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) are partnering to create the SANS - ICMCP: Diversity Cyber Academy - DCA, combining efforts to increase the career opportunities for minorities and women in the cybersecurity field. Click here for more information.

2018 Immersion Academy Schedule

United States Cyber Academy programs

Applications will only be accepted for Academies that are currently open and hyperlinked. Click on the Academy link for more information.

(Schedule Subject to Change)
Academy Applications Open Applications Close
Cyber Workforce Academy - Maryland January 16, 2018 Ongoing
VetSuccess Academy Online - Augusta February 22, 2018 Ongoing
VetSuccess San Antonio/Austin June 29, 2018 Closed

2019 Immersion Academy Schedule

(Schedule Subject to Change)
Academy Applications Open Applications Close
VetSuccess Academy Online - Augusta Ongoing Ongoing
VetSuccess Tysons Corner August 20, 2018 November 20, 2018
Cyber Workforce Academy - Maryland September 10, 2018 Ongoing
VetSuccess Seattle September 10, 2018 February 8, 2019
VetSuccess San Diego November 5, 2018 March 1, 2019
Women's Academy December 1, 2018 May 3, 2019
Diversity Cyber Academy December 1, 2018 May 3, 2019
VetSuccess VA Beach February 12, 2019 June 15, 2019
VetSuccess Texas May 18, 2019 September 16, 2019

If you have questions, please contact us at immersionacademy@sans.org.