Connect with SANS | GIAC at RSA Conference 2021

Join us in the conversation at RSA Conference 2021, a virtual experience happening May 17-20. Meet industry leaders and peers, learn about the latest trends that are most relevant to your needs, grow your career, and help shape the future of the industry.

What to Expect from SANS and GIAC at RSA Conference 2021

We will again bring a NetWars tournament to RSA Conference 2021, this year featuring the brand new Core NetWars Version 7 challenge. We will also have multiple trainings and presentations from top SANS instructors on cloud security, security awareness, the new CIS Critical Controls, security leadership, and more. Look below for a schedule of all our planned activities.

Plus, save $100 on an All Access Pass as a SANS member. Simply click Here or the Learn More button below and follow the registration prompts, and before checking-out, enter promo code 1U1SANSFD in order to receive your discount. 

Keynotes and Speakers

One of the highlights of SANS and GIAC’s participation in RSA Conference each year is our panel keynote on the topic of the five most dangerous new attack techniques. Watch the 2020 keynote here to catch up, and be sure not to miss this year’s panel.

Register for Tutorials & Trainings

Review and identify cybersecurity areas you need to master in the available multiple-day Tutorials & Trainings.
Instructors or Speakers
Session Title and Link to Description and Registration

Chris Christianson

CIS Critical Controls: A Practical Introduction

Thursday, May 13 – Friday, May 14

Lance Spitzner

Managing Human Risk: Mature Security Awareness Programs

Thursday, May 13 – Friday, May 14

Frank Kim

Security Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership

Monday, May 10 – Friday, May 14

Ryan Nicholson

Cloud Security Essentials

Monday, May 10 – Saturday, May 15


NetWars Tournament

Back by popular demand, SANS Core NetWars Tournament is a staple in the RSAC Sandbox. Compete with your peers in a hands-on cybersecurity challenge developed to build and enhance your skills as a cybersecurity professional. Each tournament will be a separate event for the first 50 students that register and will run in the RSAC Sandbox. Tuesday, May 18 | 12:45 pm - 2:55 pm PT Wednesday, May 19 | 12:45 pm - 2:55 pm PT Register now for RSAC 2021 All Access Pass and save $100 with code 3U1SBSANSFD

Speakers, Profiles, and Presentations

Check out the below expert list of SANS speakers at this year's RSA Conference. Click on each to read their profiles, signup for their presentations, and review any past contributions they have made to RSAC.
Speaker Profiles



Frank Kim

Fellow, SANS Institute

CISO Leadership: Building Your Personal Action Plan

May 20

Brandon Evans

Senior Security Engineer / Certified Instructor, Zoom Video Communications / SANS Institute

Multi-Cloud Anomaly Detection: Finding Threats Among Us in the Big 3 Clouds

May 17

Serge Borso

CEO, SpyderSec

AppSec DFIR 201

May 20 at 12:25 - 2:25 pm PT

Johannes Ullrich


Jason Lam

Dean of Research, SANS Technology Institute

Certified Instructor, SANS Institute

Attack & Defend: Protecting Modern Distributed Applications and Components

May 17

Benjamin Wright


John Pescatore

Attorney, Attorney Private Practice

Director, SANS

How Risky Is Cybersecurity Insurance?

May 18 at 9:20 - 10:00 am PT

Jess Garcia

Technical Lead, One eSecurity

Me, My Adversary & AI: Investigating & Hunting with Machine Learning

May 17

Lenny Zeltser

CISO / Author / Instructor, Axonius / SANS Institute

How You Can Ask the Right Questions to Succeed with Your Security Projects


Analyzing Windows Malware on Linux: Getting Started Tips and Examples

May 18

Jeff McJunkin

Founder, Rogue Valley Information Security

Top Active Directory Attacks: Understand, then Prevent and Detect

May 18

Jorge Orchilles


Hands-On: Purple Team Exercise Workshop

May 19

Matthew Toussain

CTO, Open Security / Course Author, Instructor SANS Institute, Open Security / SANS Institute

The Golden Age of C2

May 17

Lodrina Cherne

Principal Security Advocate, Cybereason

Lessons Learned from Diverse Paths to Successful Cybersecurity Careers

May 20

Randy Marchany


Russell Eubanks

Chief Information Security Officer, Virginia Tech


What's New with the CIS Controls v8?

May 17
Monta Elkins

Certified Instructor / Course Author, SANS

Demo of a Nation-State-Style Chipping Attack on Cisco Firewalls

May 18