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Cyber Defense Initiative® 2020 - Live Online

Virtual, US Eastern | Mon, Dec 14 - Sat, Dec 19, 2020

Live Online Cyber Security Training

Live Online Cyber Security Training

Practical Courses • Expert Instruction • Cyber Range Challenges

  • Interactive, live-stream courses → VIEW COURSES
  • Real-time support from virtual TAs
  • Dedicated chat channels for networking
  • Online CTF events and NetWars Tournaments


SANS Live Online: Interactive Cyber Security Training Delivered Online from Anywhere

Discover the most effective steps to prevent cyber-attacks and detect adversaries with actionable techniques you can apply immediately. Join us for SANS Cyber Defense Initiative® 2020 - Live Online (EST), and receive relevant cyber security training from real-world practitioners. Choose your course and register now.

“SANS is by far the best InfoSec training available in the world. Every instructor and speaker I have encountered at SANS are straight up superstars! The knowledge I gained from SANS is invaluable to not only my career personally, but to any company that employs me. Hands-on, real-world application and practice throughout the course allows for a deeper understanding of how our networks can be attacked and how they should be defended.” - Brian Bailey, West Virginia State Treasurer's Office

SANS Cyber Defense Initiative® is Live Online this year. Learn more about the Live Online experience:

SANS Live Online Events Feature:

  • Practical cyber security training delivered directly from your course instructor
  • Hands-on labs in a virtual environment
  • Courses include electronic and printed books
  • Four months of online access to the archive of your course lectures uploaded to your account daily during the event

Interactive cyber security training

“The Live Online platform does a great job of bringing the classroom to where you are, offering an immersive, interactive experience.” – Chris G., US Federal Department

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Students enrolled in eligible North America Live Training events will be able to participate in exclusive Virtual NetWars Tournaments. Paid course registrants will receive an email invitation for applicable challenges, so after you register for a course, keep your eye on your inbox.

Additionally, we’ve extended our free community cyber range schedule through the end of the year with new challenges available each month! Visit our blog for registration details and schedule.

“I simply can't overstate how useful and practical the challenges in NetWars are! I learn something new every time I play.” – Rob Turner, Raytheon

Available Courses
Title Certification Instructor
New SEC488: Cloud Security Essentials
New SEC504: Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling GCIH Staff
New SEC588: Cloud Penetration Testing
SEC301: Introduction to Cyber Security GISF Staff
SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style GSEC Staff
SEC450: Blue Team Fundamentals: Security Operations and Analysis
SEC487: Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) Gathering and Analysis GOSI Staff
SEC501: Advanced Security Essentials - Enterprise Defender GCED Staff
SEC503: Intrusion Detection In-Depth GCIA Staff
SEC505: Securing Windows and PowerShell Automation GCWN Staff
SEC511: Continuous Monitoring and Security Operations GMON Staff
SEC522: Defending Web Applications Security Essentials GWEB Staff
SEC530: Defensible Security Architecture and Engineering GDSA Staff
SEC540: Cloud Security and DevOps Automation GCSA Staff
SEC542: Web App Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking GWAPT Staff
SEC545: Cloud Security Architecture and Operations
SEC555: SIEM with Tactical Analytics GCDA Staff
SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking GPEN Staff
SEC566: Implementing and Auditing the Critical Security Controls - In-Depth GCCC Staff
SEC660: Advanced Penetration Testing, Exploit Writing, and Ethical Hacking GXPN Staff
FOR498: Battlefield Forensics & Data Acquisition GBFA Staff
FOR500: Windows Forensic Analysis GCFE Staff
FOR508: Advanced Incident Response, Threat Hunting, and Digital Forensics GCFA Staff
FOR572: Advanced Network Forensics: Threat Hunting, Analysis, and Incident Response GNFA Staff
FOR578: Cyber Threat Intelligence GCTI Staff
FOR585: Smartphone Forensic Analysis In-Depth GASF Staff
FOR610: Reverse-Engineering Malware: Malware Analysis Tools and Techniques GREM Staff
MGT414: SANS Training Program for CISSP® Certification GISP Staff
MGT512: Security Leadership Essentials for Managers GSLC Staff
MGT514: Security Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership GSTRT Staff
AUD507: Auditing & Monitoring Networks, Perimeters & Systems GSNA Staff
LEG523: Law of Data Security and Investigations GLEG Staff
ICS410: ICS/SCADA Security Essentials GICSP Staff
ICS515: ICS Active Defense and Incident Response GRID Staff
Core NetWars Tournament - Add-on
(FREE with any 4-6 Day SANS Course Registration)
Cyber Defense NetWars Tournament - Add-on
(FREE with any 4-6 Day SANS Course Registration)
DFIR NetWars Tournament - Add-on
(FREE with any 4-6 Day SANS Course Registration)