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Amsterdam May 2020 - CyberCast

Online, Virtual Event | Mon, May 11 - Mon, May 18, 2020

In response to the escalation of the COVID-19 outbreak, we've made the difficult decision to convert our SANS Amsterdam training event into a virtual conference at this time.

The courses below will take place online, using virtual software to stream live instructors to all registered students during the scheduled classroom hours (UTC+2). This alternate training format will allow us to deliver the cybersecurity training you expect while keeping you, our staff, and our instructors as safe as possible.

Your registration for a CyberCast Amsterdam course includes: courseware shipped to you, live streaming instruction by a SANS instructor, four months of online access to course recordings, SME support, and course labs.

David Szili

David Szili got his first computer, a 486DX2, at the age of 10 and quickly discovered his talent and passion for bending and twisting systems and programs to achieve results beyond their intended purpose. One of the few games he had on the computer was SimCity, a game that he always ended up losing with a bankrupted city after 20-30 minutes of playing. David discovered a magazine explaining how to edit saved game files, eventually learning how to open the files of his saved games with a hex editor to overwrite the amount of money he had. From that point on, David was hooked and had found his career path.

David brings that passion and curiosity to his role as instructor for SANS FOR572: Advanced Network Forensics: Threat Hunting, Analysis, and Incident Response, "SANS strives to provide the best quality every time; something that aligns with my personal values." He also likes the fact that SANS is a very active member and supporter of the information security community.

Today, David is managing partner and CTO at Alzette Information Security, a consulting company based in Luxembourg. He has more than eight years of professional experience in penetration testing, red teaming, vulnerability assessment, vulnerability management, security monitoring, security architecture design, incident response, digital forensics and software development. 

In his instructor role at SANS, David loves to teach concepts of analysis, detection, and response as these are the skills needed by modern-day defenders who face determined attackers. David also focuses on practical application, even when teaching the theoretical background of a material, he makes sure to bring in real-life examples and case studies. He also puts extra emphasis on hands-on skills development and demos during class, because "as defenders of an organization," says David, "students need to 'train as they fight.'"

"As security analysts, we never wish to have less data," says David. "However, we have also reached the point where simply handling the volume of data available and effectively processing it is already a huge challenge, let alone finding signs of compromise and malicious activity." He addresses this challenge with his students by teaching them to build up a pragmatic analytic workflow and encouraging a deep understanding of why all the steps in a process need to be performed to get to a solution. David's proudest moments are when former students tell him that they implemented something he shared in class and it worked great.

David has master's degrees in computer engineering and in networks and telecommunication, along with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He also holds several IT security certifications such as GSEC, GCED, GCIA, GCIH, GMON, GNFA, GYPC, GMOB, OSCP, OSWP and CEH. David speaks on a regular basis at international conferences like Hack.lu, BruCON, Hacktivity, Nuit du Hack, x33fcon, BSides Munich, BSidesBUD, and BSides Ljubljana, and he's on the organizing team for BSides Luxembourg, a conference fully dedicated to defense topics. David blogs about information security at jumpespjump.blogspot.com. David also has an Erdos number of 4.

In his spare time, David likes to work on hobby electronics projects and participate in the development of open-source security tools. David is also a huge fan of movies and TV series and he likes to go to concerts of bands like Walk of the Earth or Postmodern Jukebox.

Qualifications Summary

  • Managing partner and CTO of Alzette Information Security, a consulting company based in Luxembourg
  • Member of the organizing team for BSides Luxembourg, a conference fully dedicated to defense topics
  • Instructor for SANS FOR572: Advanced Network Forensics: Threat Hunting, Analysis, and Incident Response 

Get to Know David Szili

  • Blog 
  • Presentations and Events: Hack.lu, BruCON, Hacktivity, x33fcon, Nuit du Hack, BSides Munich, BSidesBUD, BSides Ljubljana, BSides Luxembourg (part of the organizing team)

David Szili Will Be Teaching the Following Course:

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