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Information Security Training: By Format

Training Events

SANS offers classes throughout the year in many major US cities as well as Europe, Australia, Canada, Asia, India and Dubai. These training events feature anywhere from one to over fifty classes at the same location. SANS events offer much more than just training - this is the place to network with other information security professionals, gain information on new vendor products, participate in onsite/online challenges and contests, and listen to world-class guest speakers. View Training Events 


Elevate your knowledge, skills, and industry connections at an upcoming two-day SANS Summit. Summits bring together cyber security practitioners and leading experts to share and discuss case studies, lessons learned, new tools, and innovative strategies to improve cyber security and overcome challenges in a particular focus area or industry. As an attendee, you'll walk away from your Summit experience with a fresh perspective and new tools that you can immediately leverage in your work. Learn More 

Community Events

The Community SANS format offers the most popular SANS courses in your local community in a small classroom setting - most courses have fewer than 25 students. The instructors are pulled from the best of our SANS Mentor program and are trained by top-rated SANS instructors like Eric Cole and Ed Skoudis. The course material is delivered over a six-day period, just like it is at a larger SANS event, and you receive all the same content, audio files, and other materials. We provide continental breakfast and breaks to encourage networking among students and faculty. Learn More 

SANS Innovation Center (SIC)

Experience cyber training courses at your government onsite location. As the leading organization in computer security training, SANS established the SANS Innovation Center (SIC), which now includes teaching our courses privately at a government customer's desired location. SIC offers the same SANS computer security courses that have been developed by industry leaders in numerous fields including network security, software security, forensics, security leadership, audit, and legal. Learn More 

Private Training

With our Private Training options, we can design a learning experience that meets your organizational need. World-recognized instructors, turn-key solutions, and designated program managers all work with you to develop a training experience unlike any other. Learn More 

Live Online

Live Online delivers live instruction via the Web using various Internet-based technologies. Streaming audio, instant messaging, online forums and e-mail are all leveraged to make the student's online learning experience as fun and engaging as possible. Learn More 


Live Instruction in Multiple locations designed for enterprise teams and dispersed workforces. SANS Simulcast provides live training by combining webcast technology with live instruction. Learn More 


When you want 'anytime, anywhere' access to SANS' high quality training, choose our advanced online delivery method, SANS OnDemand. The program is designed to provide a convenient, comprehensive and highly effective means for information security professionals to receive the same intensive, immersion training that SANS is known for. OnDemand students receive training from the same top-notch SANS instructors who teach at our live training events to bring the true SANS experience right to your home or office. Plus our integrated courseware, online assessments, hands-on exercises and online mentor allow students to really grasp the material being taught! Learn More 


For the motivated student who enjoys working independently we offer the SANS SelfStudy program. Students receive SANS course books (and CDs when applicable) and online access to MP3 files of SANS' world-class instructors teaching the material. Study texts and listen to the lectures at your own convenience and pace! In addition, students who register for GIAC Certification will receive TWO free GIAC practice tests. These practice tests show the student what to expect on the GIAC examination. Since many students may have been out of school for a long time, practicing test taking skills can improve their chances of passing the GIAC exams. Learn More 


The SANS Partnership Series is an outreach program created to provide deeply discounted training to support constituencies that have:

  1. A clear impact on national security
  2. Large numbers of information security practitioners
  3. Budget constraints that limit access to necessary training

The secret to this successful program is cost reduction realized by delivering the courses to large classes (125 or more). Read More