All-Around Defenders: New Year, New Start

Live Streamed | January 14 | 10am - 3pm ET (15:00 - 20:00 UTC) We're streaming live simultaneously on both YouTube and LinkedIn. Join us on your preferred platform.

Join the SANS community of cyber defenders and blue teamers on January 14th, 10am - 3 pm ET for the second annual All-Around Defenders: New Year, New Start event! 

While 2020 was a year we are unlikely to forget, 2021 wasn't exactly all gravy, either. So the SANS Cyber Defense team decided another dose of positivity was due. 

The New Year, New Start event is not a summit, nor a webcast. It's meant to be a special live streamed community gathering of individuals who care about our cyber defense community, our family and friends, and our careers. Our goal in hosting this gathering is to share knowledge that will help you and others in our community of cyber defenders to achieve your life and professional goals for 2022. 

You 're invited to join a few of our SANS blue teamers, course authors, and instructors for an event that's aimed at bringing hope to All-Around Defenders everywhere. We'll be hosting multiple discussions and workshops AND we'll be giving away:

  • Free SANS labs 
  • Free workshops to learn new tools
  • Free SANS Gear

Start your new year in cyber defense off right by joining us for this day-long event. 


Espacios de Twitter en Vivo: Ciberdefensa en 2022

A la conclusión del evento “New Year, New Start”, continuaremos conversando sobre ciberdefensa en 2022 en directo con Ismael Valenzuela, y la comunidad blue team en Español en los Espacios de Twitter.


Time Zone: Eastern 

Live-Streamed on YouTube and LinkedIn

10:00am - 10:10am - Event Opening

Join your co-chairs for the kick-off of the day's event.

10:10am - 11:00am - Panel: What to Anticipate and Plan for in 2022

As we start 2022, many cyber defenders wonder what the new year will bring. Come join some of the leading defenders and threat researchers to explore the most prevalent threats and how they might evolve. This panel will discuss architecture, tools, and strategy to combat these forecasted threats.


Co-chairs Justin Henderson and Ismael Valenzuela

John Fokker, Head of Advanced Threat Research, McAfee Enterprise

David Barroso, CEO of Countercraft

Dmitri Bestuzhev, Head of Global Research and Analysis Team, LATAM

11:00am - 11:30am - Tech Talk: What is MITRE Engage and How Will It Help Defenders in 2022? 

Speaker: David Barroso, CEO of Countercraft

11:30am - 12:00pm - Tech Talk: Pandas, Jupyter Notebooks & Visualizations for Defenders 

Speaker: Co-Chair Ismael Valenzuela

Understanding the "unknown" is a common challenge that #AllAroundDefenders face in order to find evil. This practical tech talk by Senior Instructor, GSE, and SEC530 co-author Ismael Valenzuela, will introduce some easy data exploration and analysis techniques that defenders can leverage in 2022 using powerful tools like Python, Pandas, Jupyter Notebooks, and visualizations.

12:00pm - 1:00pm - Lunch-Hour Talk: Self-Care and Avoiding Burnout in Cyber Defense

Speaker: Stef Rand, DFIR Consultant, Mandiant

Burnout is endemic in cybersecurity and a major occupational hazard, more so now than ever before. The main goal of this talk is to help cybersecurity professionals identify red flags at work that can accelerate burnout, the early signs and symptoms, and some coping strategies to help manage burnout's effects. We'll also discuss science-based best practices for self-care to help you feel your best, meet your goals, and find more evil!

1:00pm - 2:00pm - Reactor Panel - Starting Point - Blue Team Resources, from Beginner to Expert

Co-chairs Justin Henderson and Ismael Valenzuela will be joined by special guests to share resources that have proven successful for other cyber defense professionals. They'll discuss books that all-around defenders should have in their libraries as well as what resources can be leveraged in the community. 

Guest speaker: Brian Carroll

2:00pm - 2:30pm - 5 Steps To Boost Your Online Presence in 2022

Speaker: Stephen Hart

Looking for ways to secure more income, the illusive seat at the table, and the respect you know you deserve?

In this session, marketer and brand strategist Stephen A. Hart will share 5 tips you can put into action right away to help boost your online presence and your personal brand in 2022, with the goal to help you stand out from the crowd in your cybersecurity career. 

2:30pm - 3:00pm - The Stories Behind the People: What All-Around Defenders Do When They're Not Fighting Evil!

Co-chairs Justin Henderson and Ismael Valenzuela will bring in some special guests to give glimpses into what these security experts do when they aren't defending against the bad guys.