About SANS Institute

Launched in 1989 as a cooperative for information security thought leadership, it is SANS’ ongoing mission to empower cybersecurity professionals with the practical skills and knowledge they need to make our world a safer place. We fuel this effort with high quality training, certifications, scholarship academies, degree programs, cyber ranges, and resources to meet the needs of every cyber professional. Our data, research, and the top minds in cybersecurity collectively ensure that individuals and organizations have the actionable education and support they need.

The Highest Standard in Cybersecurity Education

The instructors you find in our classrooms are experienced practitioners who also excel in mentoring others. They are respected leaders in cyber who share research, tools, and incident analysis with the world, and bring practical, collaborative expertise to our community. They, along with our students and community contributors, make SANS the engaging, high-quality educational organization that it is.

The SANS Promise: Everyone who completes SANS training can apply the skills and knowledge they’ve learned the day they return to work.

What to Expect from SANS and GIAC at RSAC 2021

Back by popular demand, we will again bring a NetWars tournament to the conference, 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. 

Click on the Learn More button to see a schedule of all our planned activities.


Read what others have to say about SANS Training, GIAC Certifications, and Security Awareness Training.
I have taken numerous courses over my career and many were online. Nothing, including expensive college-level courses, were on the same level as SANS training. It's dense, rich, and immediately applicable. If the student takes what they have learned into their workplace, they will immediately be able to distinguish themselves. I’m already looking forward to my next SANS training opportunity, and I highly recommend it to others.
Dave Brock
- Lytx Inc.
The most valuable thing to me about being GIAC certified is that fellow infosec professionals recognize that the knowledge associated with the cert is there. GIAC certs and exams aren't exercises in rote memorization. Any time I see a GIAC cert, I'm confident the cert holder knows their stuff.
Nick R.
- LinkedIn
SANS Security Awareness is one of the best security awareness programs I have seen in my 20+ years as a technologist.
James Gentile
CIO - Arizona Medical Board