Alan Paller founded SANS, a Middle-States-accredited college and professional cybersecurity training school that trains more than 31,000 cybersecurity technologists each year. SANS is the primary outside training organization for U.S. national intelligence, military, and law enforcement agencies and parallel agencies among US allies as well as 97% of the Fortune 500 companies, the largest banks, and many major colleges and hospitals and other not-for-profits.
At SANS, Alan oversees a global program that identifies and celebrates people responsible for remarkable improvement in cyber risk reduction and chairs the annual RSA keynote panel on the "Seven Most Dangerous New Attack Vectors and What's Coming Next." CISO's regularly laud his training program on what works and what fails in briefing boards of directors on cybersecurity. He has testified before the US Senate and House of Representatives and was an initial member of the U.S. President's National Infrastructure Assurance Council. He was chosen by OMB and the Federal CIO Council as the 2005 Azimuth Award winner, a lifetime achievement award recognizing outstanding service of a single, non-government person to improving federal information technology.
In 2010, the Washington Post named seven people "worth knowing in cyber security." Alan was one of two non-governmental people on the list. He served on the NASA Advisory Council, co-chaired the DHS Homeland Security Advisory Committee's 2012 Task Force on Cyber Skills and headed the Task Force on Best Practices in Cybersecurity for the FCC Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council.
Alan earned degrees from Cornell and MIT. Before creating SANS, Alan helped build one of the first large software companies, took it public, and merged it into a larger company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.