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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


Interactive Cyber Security Training Taught by Industry Experts

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

SANS Live Online Events Feature:

  • Practical cyber security training taught by real-world practitioners
  • Hands-on labs in a virtual environment
  • Courses include electronic and printed books
  • Several courses align with GIAC certifications
  • Archive of course lectures uploaded to your account daily during the event
  • Four months of access to your course lectures so you can revisit the recordings

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We are hosting three Virtual NetWars Tournaments during this event:

As a SANS paid course registrant, you will receive an email invitation the week of the event detailing how to reserve your spot and join online. You will need to follow the steps in the email to join your tournament.

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.

What attendees say about their SANS training experience:

“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

“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

“The real value of this training lies at the intersection of quality content and delivery by a subject-matter expert actively working in the field, making it incredibly relevant and immediately applicable to my job.” - P. Watson, Microsoft Corp

“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

Interactive Cyber Security Training

Available Courses
Title Certification Instructor
New SEC487: Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) Gathering and Analysis GOSI Micah Hoffman
Ritu Gill
Sold Out SEC488: Cloud Security Essentials GCLD Ryan Nicholson
New SEC488: Cloud Security Essentials GCLD Kenneth G. Hartman
New SEC503: Intrusion Detection In-Depth GCIA David Hoelzer
New SEC504: Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling GCIH Michael Murr
New SEC588: Cloud Penetration Testing GCPN Moses Frost
Jason Ostrom
SEC301: Introduction to Cyber Security GISF Keith Palmgren
SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style GSEC Bryan Simon
SEC450: Blue Team Fundamentals: Security Operations and Analysis
Mark Orlando
SEC501: Advanced Security Essentials - Enterprise Defender GCED Bryce Galbraith
SEC505: Securing Windows and PowerShell Automation GCWN Jason Fossen
SEC511: Continuous Monitoring and Security Operations GMON Michael Hennick
John Hubbard
SEC522: Defending Web Applications Security Essentials GWEB Dr. Johannes Ullrich
SEC530: Defensible Security Architecture and Engineering GDSA Eric Conrad
SEC540: Cloud Security and DevOps Automation GCSA Eric Johnson
SEC542: Web App Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking GWAPT Timothy McKenzie
SEC545: Cloud Security Architecture and Operations
Dave Shackleford
SEC555: SIEM with Tactical Analytics GCDA Justin Henderson
SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking GPEN Jeff McJunkin
SEC566: Implementing and Auditing the Critical Security Controls - In-Depth GCCC Randy Marchany
SEC660: Advanced Penetration Testing, Exploit Writing, and Ethical Hacking GXPN Stephen Sims
FOR498: Battlefield Forensics & Data Acquisition GBFA Eric Zimmerman
FOR500: Windows Forensic Analysis GCFE Chad Tilbury
FOR508: Advanced Incident Response, Threat Hunting, and Digital Forensics GCFA Mike Pilkington
FOR572: Advanced Network Forensics: Threat Hunting, Analysis, and Incident Response GNFA Philip Hagen
FOR578: Cyber Threat Intelligence GCTI Robert M. Lee
FOR585: Smartphone Forensic Analysis In-Depth GASF Domenica Crognale
FOR610: Reverse-Engineering Malware: Malware Analysis Tools and Techniques GREM Anuj Soni
MGT414: SANS Training Program for CISSP® Certification GISP David R. Miller
MGT512: Security Leadership Essentials for Managers GSLC G. Mark Hardy
MGT514: Security Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership GSTRT Mark Williams
Beta MGT521: Leading Cybersecurity Change: Building a Security-Based Culture
Russell Eubanks
Lance Spitzner
AUD507: Auditing & Monitoring Networks, Perimeters & Systems GSNA Clay Risenhoover
Charles Goldner
LEG523: Law of Data Security and Investigations GLEG Benjamin Wright
ICS410: ICS/SCADA Security Essentials GICSP Justin Searle
ICS515: ICS Active Defense and Incident Response GRID Dean Parsons
Core NetWars Tournament - Add-on
FREE when taking a course, registration required
Jeff McJunkin
Tim Medin
Cyber Defense NetWars Tournament - Add-on
FREE when taking a course, registration required
Eric Conrad
Ryan Nicholson
DFIR NetWars Tournament - Add-on
FREE when taking a course, registration required
Eric Zimmerman
Domenica Crognale