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SANS CyberTalent Immersion Academy


The Fast Track to Top Skills and Top Jobs in Cyber

The SANS CyberTalent Immersion Academy is an intensive, accelerated training program that provides SANS world class training and GIAC certifications to quickly and effectively launch careers in cybersecurity.

There are two types of SANS Immersion Academies: Customized and Open. Our Customized Immersion Academies include our popular VetSuccess program. The Customized Academy allows employers or sponsors to choose the curriculum that best meets the needs of their organization.

The Immersion Academy Core Curricula offers a two or three course option:

Two Course

  1. SEC401: SANS Security Essentials Boot Camp Style
  2. SEC504: Hacker Techniques, Exploits & Incident Handling

Three Course

  1. SEC401: SANS Security Essentials Boot Camp Style
  2. SEC504: Hacker Techniques, Exploits & Incident Handling

Third course chosen from electives generally includes:

  • FOR408 Windows Forensic Analysis
  • SEC501: Advanced Security Essentials - Enterprise Defender
  • SEC503 Intrusion Detection In-Depth
  • SEC542 Web App Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking
  • SEC560 Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking
* All SANS courses available to customize curriculum to meet sponsor needs

For transitioning service members and qualified candidates, the Academy provides advanced technical training, industry-recognized certifications, and connections to leading employers in cybersecurity. For employers, it's a faster, more reliable, and less expensive way to find, train, certify, and employ highly qualified cybersecurity talent.

Qualified candidates of the program receive a full scholarship for the training and certification in their cohort. Academy details can be found on the Current Academies page.

Please contact us at immersionacademy@sans.org if you have questions or would like more information.

4 Steps to a Cybersecurity Career

Qualify - Earn Acceptance

Demonstrate your aptitude and skills using SANS CyberTalent Assessment and participate in admissions process and interviews.

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Train - Build Elite Skills

Develop real-world knowledge and practical, hands-on skills by completing world-class SANS training courses.

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Certify - Earn GIAC Certifications

Complete courses by earning GIAC certifications, recognized by employers around the world.

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Employ - Launch Career

Get access to guaranteed job opportunities at Academy sponsors - industry leaders in information security.

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"The relevance of the hands -on labs and exercises was clearly evident as we applied the skills we learned to real and recent scenarios from the security community. This instruction was a close to frontline operations as one can get without being in a production work center."

— Edmond Russell, SANS CyberTalent Immersion Academy Participant

"The whole process and academy itself is a huge success. It is phenomenal and a great, great, great resource for Veterans. I did a lot of research about programs, and found the certifications available through this program very beneficial."

— Jake Jacob, SANS CyberTalent Immersion Academy Participant

"SANS has made a deep commitment to help veteran's transition to a new career in cybersecurity. They truly value the military operational experience that does offer new insight in securing our nation's digital infrastructure. I am humbled by the generous opportunity to attain industry-leading cyber security education and certification provided by the SANS VetSuccess program. The mentoring by their entire staff is fantastic. Upon returning back to civilian life after 22 years of Naval Service, I don't feel like I missed a beat. I am busier than ever helping private industry as a consultant and the opportunities keep coming. Thank you SANS"

— Vince Garcia, Commander, USN (ret)

"The SANS VetSuccess program changed the game for me as I start a new career after the military. Initially, I was looking at entry level help desk positions as a way to break into the industry. Because of the knowledge gained through the three SANS courses, I now have an entry level position in information security. (In fact, I had a few job offers to choose from!) That's a 20k difference in salary that would have taken me a few years to achieve on my own. Holding the three GIAC certifications demonstrated to employers my solid foundation in security concepts and ability to learn quickly. The VetSuccess program has indeed set me up for a successful and rewarding career in cybersecurity. I can't thank you enough for giving me and many other veterans this amazing opportunity, and I look forward to taking many more SANS courses in the future!"

— Erin McCraw, US Army (ret.)