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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 nor 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

(Schedule Subject to Change)
Academy Applications Open Applications Close Classes Start
VetSuccess San Diego 2018 October 17, 2017 Closed May 11, 2018
Cyber Workforce Academy - Maryland January 16, 2018 March 8, 2018
May 1, 2018
June 1, 2018
July 16, 2018
September 30, 2018
April 23, 2018
June 4, 2018
July 23, 2018
September 10, 2018
November 5, 2018
Cyber Workforce Academy - Chicago January 29, 2018 March 29, 2018 May 2018
VetSuccess Academy Online - Augusta 2018 February 22, 2018 Ongoing Upon acceptance
VetSuccess Academy VA Beach 2018 March 2018 June 26, 2018 August 26, 2018
VetSuccess Tampa 2018 April 2018 June 26, 2018 September 4, 2018
Women's Academy 2018 May 25, 2018 August 2018 October 2018
VetSuccess San Antonio/Austin June 29, 2018 September 28, 2018 November 2018

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