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Cyber Defense Initiative® 2013

Washington, DC | Thu, Dec 12 - Thu, Dec 19, 2013
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Dear Colleague,

Mark your calendar for the SANS Cyber Defense Initiative ® 2013 in Washington DC at the Washington Hilton on December 12-19! SANS is an educational organization that features courses in IT security, IT audit, security management, penetration testing, and computer forensics. View all SANS Cyber Defense Initiative ® 2013 courses here.

This is your opportunity to:

  • Understand how the newest cyber attacks work and what you can do to prevent them or mitigate the damage.
  • Ensure that your tools are up to the task of finding, blocking, and deciphering hacking attacks.
  • Get the training you need to make your organization cyber secure.

SANS is the one educational organization known for developing the cybersecurity skills most in need right now. Every course, evening talk, and special event is designed to equip you with cutting-edge knowledge and skills required to combat today's cyber criminals.

SANS events offer you a unique opportunity to learn from the best cybersecurity teachers in the country. At SANS events you get the kind of hands-on, immersion training that you can put to work immediately. Don't take our word for it--let the attendees from last year's Cyber Defense Initiative ® tell you what they thought:

SANS courses not only provide training but they teach you how to think. - Charles Fraser, Montclair State University
Combination of course information, instructor insights, and networking opportunities is incredibly beneficial. - Blake Roth, Guide One Insurance
SEC401 is an extremely valuable training tool to establish a baseline for common core security knowledge. SANS maintains its standards of excellence by attracting top-notch instructors. You will not have a poor learning experience, period. - John Lindsay, Department of National Defence
SANS courses are the best there is. - Scott Hilts, Bruce Power

Visit our Courses/Prices page for complete descriptions of all the courses offered at SANS Cyber Defense Initiative ® 2013. Many of the courses offered are associated with a GIAC Certification. Put the skills you'll learn to practical use and join more than 50,000 GIAC certified professionals who make the cybersecurity industry safe. Visit our GIAC page for more information and register for your certification attempt today.

The SANS Technology Institute (STI) offers a Master's Degree in Information Security Management and a Master's Degree in Information Security Engineering. Many of the courses offered at SANS Cyber Defense Initiative ® 2013 can count toward your degree once you have applied. Some courses will also meet the requirements for Cyber Guardian and DoD Directive 8570. Don't miss the opportunity to take courses that will advance your education in the field while also helping you meet the requirements for some of the programs mentioned here.

Hotel/Campus Information:

SANS Cyber Defense Initiative ® 2013 is being held at the Washington Hilton campus.

  • Register before November 14 and receive a special discounted rate of $199 S/D based on space availability.
  • Rates include high speed Internet in your room.
  • Government per diem rooms are available with proper ID; please call reservations and ask for the SANS government rate.
  • The hotel is a mile from the Smithsonian National Zoo and just four blocks from the Dupont Circle Metro Station on the Red Line.
Hotel Information and Reservations

Register today to join us in Washington DC for SANS Cyber Defense Initiative ® 2013. I look forward to meeting you in the nation's capital!

Kind regards,

Alan Paller
Director of Research

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SANS CDI 2013 is powered by Netwars - Tournament Play. We'll be running an exciting NetWars competition, available FREE to CDI attendees taking a five- or six-day class, while seats last. To add extra excitement, SANS CDI 2013 will include our Second Annual NetWars Tournament of Champions, even bigger and better than last year's debut, where the best-of-the-best NetWars participants from the past year will face off to see who comes out on top. Whether you are a first-time NetWars participant looking to have fun and build your skills, or a seasoned champion, remember that seating is limited. Please make sure you sign up for NetWars when you register for a CDI long course.

NetWars Tournaments are a two-evening simulation featuring real-world computer and network security challenges. Participants have fun conquering these challenges as they build skills and demonstrate their abilities in this safe, informal, and engaging event. Many NetWars participants comment about how NetWars really reinforces the lessons they are learning in their courses and expands their vision into other information security arenas. Space is limited, so please register early.