The SANS Institute is always looking for new ways to contribute to the global cyber security community through various ways.

Next to maintaining the world’s largest online library of cyber security research (the SANS Reading Room), keeping our finger on the online pulse through the Internet Storm Center, we make it our mission to continuously set up and support new initiatives that help spread the knowledge needed in today’s digital world.

Have you been studying and are wondering about starting a career in this rapidly evolving and exciting industry? Then you have come to the right place, take a look at some of the initiatives that SANS has set up.

Europe & Middle East INITIATIVES

Cyber Discovery

Cyber Discovery - An extracurricular learning programme for students aged 14-18 across the UK. The aim of this program is to help youngsters uncover their hidden talent for cyber security but also to show them that there is a career to be made in cybersecurity.

Cyber Academy

Cyber Academy is an innovative training initiative designed to help meet the demand for cyber security workers. Cyber Academy provides intense training to candidates who demonstrate they have the innate aptitudes necessary to become a skilled security professional.



The VetSuccess Academy is a unique opportunity for transitioning military
 service members, active duty spouses, and veterans within five years of separation to learn in-demand cybersecurity skills and earn GIAC certifications to start a career in cybersecurity.

Women’s Academy

This Academy increases gender diversity in cybersecurity by providing women with a passion and aptitude for cybersecurity the opportunity to learn in-demand cybersecurity skills, earn GIAC certifications, and start a career in cybersecurity.

Cyber Workforce Academy

These Academies are made possible by grants, sponsors and organizations looking to hire cybersecurity talent or help advance the field by bringing in new talent. Academy eligibility requirements and curricula will be based on the specific focus and needs of the sponsors.

Diversity Cyber Academy

In partnership with the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP), the Diversity Cyber Academy increases diversity
 in cybersecurity by providing minorities with a passion and aptitude for cybersecurity the opportunity to learn in-demand cybersecurity skills, earn GIAC certifications, and launch a career in cybersecurity.


Work Study Programme

The Work Study Program is a popular and competitive method of SANS training which allows a selected applicant the opportunity to attend a live training event
 as a facilitator. A SANS facilitator is a selected applicant who assists SANS staff and instructors at training events held around the world. A facilitator accepts the experience of long hours and hard work in exchange for the opportunity to obtain SANS training and certification at a discounted tuition rate.