Last Day to Save $200 on Hands-on Cyber Security Training at SANS Santa Monica 2019!

Cyber Defense Initiative® 2018

Washington, DC | Tue, Dec 11 - Tue, Dec 18, 2018
This event is over,
but there are more training opportunities.

Over 35 Cyber Security Courses

Over 35 Cyber Security Courses

  • NEW courses covering SIEM, OSINT Gathering and Analysis, Defensible Security Architecture, Purple Team Tactics, and more!
  • Test your skills at Core, Cyber Defense, DFIR or ICS NetWars
  • Additional Course Topics: Cyber Defense, Cloud Security, Ethical Hacking, Penetration Testing, Digital Forensics, Secure Development, Security Management, and ICS/SCADA Security

Cyber Security Training in Washington, DC

Join us December 11-18 in Washington, DC for our final live event of the year: SANS Cyber Defense Initiative® 2018! This must-attend event features over 35 top-notch cyber security courses taught by real-world practitioners. SANS courses are comprehensive and engaging, offering you hands-on training with actionable information you can implement immediately upon returning to work. Our courseware is based on real-world threats, and is delivered by industry experts with practical experience in the field. The exceptional knowledge and real-life experience of SANS instructors reinforces the course content, putting you at the front of the learning curve and making the material directly applicable to your job.

Please check the schedule for course dates. Courses may begin and end on different days during the week of training.

  • Two-Day Courses Begin: Tuesday, December 11
  • Four-, Five- and Six-Day Courses Begin: Thursday, December 13
  • NetWars: Sunday, December 16 and Monday, December 17

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with like-minded peers, and dive into timely, effective security training. Gain valuable insight into today’s top information security threats and be better armed to secure your environment. Choose your course and register now.

“SANS is committed to ensuring the training experience is second to none. The evening events were excellent supplementary discussions that will also help empower me as an information security professional. The instructors are experts on the battlefield--they have the experiences and drive to help me become better at how I'm doing security today. SANS CDI® was one of the highlights of my year.” -Jeremiah, Field Standard Insurance Company

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    Available Courses
    Title Certification Instructor
    New SEC455: SIEM Design & Implementation
    Tim Garcia
    New SEC460: Enterprise Threat and Vulnerability Assessment
    Adrien de Beaupre
    Waitlist SEC487: Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) Gathering and Analysis
    Micah Hoffman
    SEC530: Defensible Security Architecture
    Eric Conrad
    Josh Johnson
    Waitlist SEC599: Defeating Advanced Adversaries - Purple Team Tactics & Kill Chain Defenses GDAT Alissa Torres
    Erik Van Buggenhout
    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 Hal Pomeranz
    SEC301: Introduction to Cyber Security GISF Keith Palmgren
    Waitlist SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style GSEC Bryan Simon
    SEC501: Advanced Security Essentials - Enterprise Defender GCED Bryce Galbraith
    SEC503: Intrusion Detection In-Depth GCIA Dr. Johannes Ullrich
    Waitlist SEC504: Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling GCIH Michael Murr
    SEC505: Securing Windows and PowerShell Automation GCWN Jason Fossen
    SEC511: Continuous Monitoring and Security Operations GMON Jonathan Ham
    Waitlist SEC524: Cloud Security and Risk Fundamentals
    Dave Shackleford
    Waitlist SEC540: Secure DevOps and Cloud Application Security
    Eric Johnson
    SEC542: Web App Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking GWAPT Moses Frost
    Sold Out SEC545: Cloud Security Architecture and Operations
    Dave Shackleford
    SEC555: SIEM with Tactical Analytics GCDA Tim Garcia
    SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking GPEN Kevin Fiscus
    SEC564: Red Team Exercises and Adversary Emulation
    Joe Vest
    SEC566: Implementing and Auditing the Critical Security Controls - In-Depth GCCC James Tarala
    SEC575: Mobile Device Security and Ethical Hacking GMOB Peter Szczepankiewicz
    Waitlist SEC617: Wireless Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking GAWN James Leyte-Vidal
    SEC660: Advanced Penetration Testing, Exploit Writing, and Ethical Hacking GXPN Brandon McCrillis
    Stephen Sims
    SEC760: Advanced Exploit Development for Penetration Testers
    Jake Williams
    FOR500: Windows Forensic Analysis GCFE Jason Jordaan
    Ovie Carroll
    Waitlist FOR578: Cyber Threat Intelligence GCTI Robert M. Lee
    FOR585: Advanced Smartphone Forensics GASF Domenica Crognale
    FOR610: Reverse-Engineering Malware: Malware Analysis Tools and Techniques GREM Anuj Soni
    MGT414: SANS Training Program for CISSP® Certification GISP Seth Misenar
    MGT415: A Practical Introduction to Cyber Security Risk Management
    James Tarala
    MGT433: SANS Security Awareness: How to Build, Maintain, and Measure a Mature Awareness Program
    Lance Spitzner
    MGT512: SANS Security Leadership Essentials For Managers with Knowledge Compression™ GSLC G. Mark Hardy
    MGT514: Security Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership GSTRT Frank Kim
    AUD507: Auditing & Monitoring Networks, Perimeters & Systems GSNA David Hoelzer
    ICS410: ICS/SCADA Security Essentials GICSP Justin Searle
    Paul Piotrowski
    Waitlist Core NetWars Tournament - Add-on
    (FREE with any 4-6 Day SANS Course Registration)
    Jeff McJunkin
    Cyber Defense NetWars Tournament - Add-on
    (FREE with any 4-6 Day SANS Course Registration)
    Eric Conrad
    Seth Misenar
    DFIR NetWars Tournament - Add-on
    (FREE with any 4-6 Day SANS Course Registration)
    Chad Tilbury
    Ovie Carroll
    ICS Netwars - Add-on
    (FREE with any 4-6 Day SANS Course Registration)
    Jeffrey Shearer
    Tim Conway