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Micah Hoffman

Micah Hoffman has been active in the information technology field since 1998, working with federal government, commercial, and internal customers to discover and quantify cybersecurity weaknesses within their organizations. As a highly active member of the cybersecurity and OSINT communities, Micah uses his real-world Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT), penetration testing, and incident response experience to provide customized solutions to his customers and comprehensive instruction to his students.

Micah found himself drawn to the world of computers from the time he got his first Apple IIe, and that comfort with technology eventually led him to an entry-level help desk job. Later positions in server maintenance and networking helped him move into cybersecurity consulting, working with companies like General Dynamics and Booz Allen Hamilton. In 2018, Micah founded his own consulting company, Spotlight Infosec, that focuses on OSINT and cyber security.

Over the years, Micah has conducted cyber-related tasks like penetration testing, OSINT investigations, APT hunting, and risk assessments for government, internal, and commercial customers. He took his first SANS course in the early 2000s. To date, he has earned several GIAC certifications, as well as a CISSP, and has shared his knowledge with others by speaking at multiple conferences and posting on his https://webbreacher.com blog.

Micah's SANS coursework, cybersecurity expertise, and inherent love of teaching eventually pulled him toward an instructional role, and he's been a SANS Certified Instructor since 2013. He's the author of the SANS course SEC487: Open Source Intelligence Gathering and Analysis, and also teaches both SEC542: Web App Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking and SEC567: Social Engineering for Penetration Testers.

Here is What Students Say About Micah Hoffman:

"Great instructor, well spoken, excitable about the subject." - Gharrett Worku, Paycom

"Micah's delivery was entertaining and engaging." - Paul Ryan, GDIT

"Instructor keeps students engaged.  Provides assistance when needed, excellent attitude." - Nathan Peterson

"Good pace - good depth of knowledge." - Robert Smith, Intel Corp

"The lessons and instruction was well put together, and I could tell that both Micah and Jeff were experts in the field. They added in actual real world use cases, which makes it much easier to identify how the specific lesson is applied in different settings." - Anonymous

Online options available. Train from any location.

Upcoming Courses Taught By Micah Hoffman
Type Course / Location Date Register

Training Event
SANS Cyber Defense Initiative® 2019 Washington, DC
Dec 10, 2019 -
Dec 17, 2019
 

Community SANS
Community SANS Kansas City SEC487 Kansas City, MO
Jan 6, 2020 -
Jan 11, 2020
 

Summit
Cyber Threat Intelligence Summit & Training 2020 Arlington, VA
Jan 20, 2020 -
Jan 27, 2020
 

Summit
Open-Source Intelligence Summit & Training 2020 Alexandria, VA
Feb 18, 2020 -
Feb 24, 2020
 

Summit
Blue Team Summit & Training 2020 Louisville, KY
Mar 2, 2020 -
Mar 9, 2020
 

Training Event
SANS 2020 Orlando, FL
Apr 3, 2020 -
Apr 10, 2020
 

Training Event
SANS Pen Test Austin 2020 Austin, TX
Apr 27, 2020 -
May 2, 2020
 

Training Event
SANS Amsterdam May 2020 Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 11, 2020 -
May 18, 2020
 

Training Event
SANSFIRE 2020 Washington, DC
Jun 13, 2020 -
Jun 20, 2020
 

Simulcast
Online
Feb 19, 2020 -
Feb 24, 2020
 

*Course contents may vary depending upon location, see specific event description for details.