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Instructors


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

Online options available. Train from any location.

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

Training Event
SANS San Francisco Summer 2019 San Francisco, CA
Jul 22, 2019 -
Jul 27, 2019
 

Summit
Security Awareness Summit & Training 2019 San Diego, CA
Aug 5, 2019 -
Aug 14, 2019
 

Training Event
SANS Tampa-Clearwater 2019 Clearwater, FL
Aug 25, 2019 -
Aug 30, 2019
 

Training Event
SANS Network Security 2019 Las Vegas, NV
Sep 9, 2019 -
Sep 16, 2019
 

Training Event
SANS Baltimore Fall 2019 Baltimore, MD
Oct 7, 2019 -
Oct 12, 2019
 

Training Event
SANS October Singapore 2019 Singapore, Singapore
Oct 7, 2019 -
Oct 26, 2019
 

Training Event
SANS Sydney 2019 Sydney, Australia
Nov 4, 2019 -
Nov 23, 2019
 

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

Simulcast
Online
Oct 7, 2019 -
Oct 12, 2019
 

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