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Cyber Defense Initiative® 2017

Washington, DC | Tue, Dec 12 - Tue, Dec 19, 2017
This event is over,
but there are more training opportunities.

Train in Washington, DC

Train in Washington, DC

  • 35+ information security courses, including several NEW courses
  • Three types of NetWars: Core, Cyber Defense, and DFIR
  • Excellent networking opportunities at bonus sessions and special events

Information Security Training in Washington, DC

Please join us for our final live event of the year: SANS Cyber Defense Initiative® 2017! This premier event features more than 35 information security courses taught by SANS' world-class instructors. Our courses are filled with dynamic content on the hottest information security issues, and cover topics such as cyber defense, penetration testing, ethical hacking, digital forensics, cloud security, management, and industrial controls system security.

In addition to SANS classroom training, test your security skills at the Core NetWars Experience, DFIR NetWars Tournament, and the new Cyber Defense NetWars Tournament. Enhance your SANS training experience even more by attending evening talks by our instructors and selected subject-matter experts. These presentations give you access to voices that matter in computer security, broaden your knowledge, and offer unique networking opportunities.

Event Schedule

Please check the schedule for course dates, many courses begin and end on different days during the week of training.

  • Two-Day Courses Begin: Tuesday, December 12

  • Five- and Six-Day Courses Begin: Thursday, December 14

  • NetWars Tournaments: Sunday, December 17 and Monday, December 18

SANS is recognized around the world as the best place to develop the deep, hands-on cyber security skills most in need right now. Join us for immersion training that will provide you with the cutting-edge skills to defend your organization against security breaches and prevent future attacks. Find your course and register now.

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Available Courses
Title Certification Instructor
New SEC503: Intrusion Detection In-Depth GCIA David Hoelzer
New SEC504: Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling GCIH Michael Murr
Sold Out SEC545: Cloud Security Architecture and Operations
Dave Shackleford
Waitlist SEC555: SIEM with Tactical Analytics GCDA Seth Misenar
Waitlist SEC564: Red Team Operations and Threat Emulation
Joe Vest
Waitlist SEC573: Automating Information Security with Python GPYC Mark Baggett
New SEC642: Advanced Web App Penetration Testing, Ethical Hacking, and Exploitation Techniques
Justin Searle
New FOR508: Advanced Digital Forensics, Incident Response, and Threat Hunting GCFA Chad Tilbury
New FOR572: Advanced Network Forensics: Threat Hunting, Analysis, and Incident Response GNFA Philip Hagen
Waitlist DEV534: Secure DevOps: A Practical Introduction
Eric Johnson
Waitlist DEV540: Secure DevOps and Cloud Application Security
Eric Johnson
SEC301: Intro to Information Security GISF Keith Palmgren
SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style GSEC Bryan Simon
SEC440: Critical Security Controls: Planning, Implementing, and Auditing
Russell Eubanks
SEC501: Advanced Security Essentials - Enterprise Defender GCED Paul A. Henry
SEC505: Securing Windows and PowerShell Automation GCWN Jason Fossen
SEC511: Continuous Monitoring and Security Operations GMON Eric Conrad
SEC522: Defending Web Applications Security Essentials GWEB Dr. Johannes Ullrich
SEC542: Web App Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking GWAPT Micah Hoffman
SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking GPEN Kevin Fiscus
SEC566: Implementing and Auditing the Critical Security Controls - In-Depth GCCC James Tarala
SEC575: Mobile Device Security and Ethical Hacking GMOB Christopher Crowley
SEC580: Metasploit Kung Fu for Enterprise Pen Testing
Kevin Fiscus
SEC660: Advanced Penetration Testing, Exploit Writing, and Ethical Hacking GXPN Stephen Sims
FOR500: Windows Forensic Analysis GCFE Ovie Carroll
FOR578: Cyber Threat Intelligence GCTI Jake Williams
FOR585: Advanced Smartphone Forensics GASF Heather Mahalik
FOR610: Reverse-Engineering Malware: Malware Analysis Tools and Techniques GREM Lenny Zeltser
MGT414: SANS Training Program for CISSP® Certification GISP David R. Miller
MGT415: A Practical Introduction to Cyber Security Risk Management
James Tarala
MGT433: Securing The Human: How to Build, Maintain and Measure a High-Impact Awareness Program
Lance Spitzner
MGT512: SANS Security Leadership Essentials For Managers with Knowledge Compression™ GSLC G. Mark Hardy
MGT514: IT Security Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership GSTRT Frank Kim
Waitlist ICS410: ICS/SCADA Security Essentials GICSP Billy Rios
Waitlist ICS515: ICS Active Defense and Incident Response GRID Robert M. Lee
Core NetWars Tournament - Add-on
FREE when taking a course, registration required
Jeff McJunkin
Cyber Defense NetWars Tournament - Add-on
FREE when taking a course, registration required
Eric Conrad
Seth Misenar
DFIR NetWars Tournament - Add-on
FREE when taking a course, registration required
Jake Williams
Alissa Torres