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SANS CyberTalent Assessment Quiz finds a winner

Web-based Assessment Powered by GIAC Certifications demonstrated at recent Microsoft Careers Fair

  • London, UK
  • 25th June 2013

The SANS Institute has demonstrated its new CyberTalent Assessment service at the recent Microsoft Careers Fair held on the 15th June 2013 in London. The Careers Fair which attracted over 500 registrations was co-organised by the Cyber Security Challenge UK, a not for profit organisation whose aim is to bring more people into the Cyber Security Profession.

During the event, SANS ran a CyberTalent Skills Assessment Quiz from which Craig Rice, an Information Security Analyst, came out on top of the skills assessment competition. The CyberTalent Assessments are used by organizations globally as a technical skills assessment for job applicants and also as a training needs analysis tool for understanding the cyber skills of existing team members. The Assessments helps Recruitment and HR professionals and recruitment agencies to save time, reduce administrative efforts and increase the pool of qualified candidates.

Powered by GIAC Certifications, SANS CyberTalent Assessments can provide benchmarks across many information security domains including Communications Security, Internet Security, Networking Concepts and Operating Systems Security.

Craig had this to say about the CyberTalent Assessment: "The assessment drew on a broad range of technical areas, from evidential integrity, to network packet analysis to malware techniques. I really enjoyed it!"

"Understanding the suitability of potential InfoSec candidates and also the level of training they may require is a critical requirement for every organisation," explains Tom Carver, Director - SANS CyberTalent, "Creating a shortlist is a complex and time consuming task, even if the recruiter is a subject matter expert. Instead the CyberTalent Assessments offer the best way to accurately verify the job applicant's technical knowledge and help create a benchmark for a particular role."

Over 50,000 students have gained GIAC certifications worldwide and CyberTalent is able to draw on thousands of reference questions from an assessment framework that is continually evolving in line with the security and regulatory landscape. SANS CyberTalent Assessments are currently being used by a number of organisations in EMEA and the U.S.

For more information on the SANS CyberTalent Assessments please contact Tom Carver on +44 (0)203 598 2363 or For more information on the Cyber Security Challenge UK please contact Shan Hughes on +44 (0)1932 350715 or

About GIAC

GIAC Certifications is a certification body featuring over 20 hands-on, technical certifications in information security. GIAC has certified over 50,000 IT security professionals since it was founded in 1999. The GIAC program is accredited under the IEC/ISO/ANSI 17024 quality standard for certifying bodies. GIAC is an affiliate of the SANS Institute. (

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The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Today, SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals in government and commercial institutions worldwide. Renowned SANS instructors teach more than 60 courses at In-Person and Live Online cyber security training events, and more than 50 courses are available anytime, anywhere with our OnDemand platform. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates practitioner skills through more than 35 hands-on, technical certifications in cyber security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers a master’s degree, graduate certificates, and an undergraduate certificate in cyber security. SANS Security Awareness, a division of SANS, provides organizations with a complete and comprehensive security awareness solution, enabling them to easily and effectively manage their ‘human’ cybersecurity risk. SANS also delivers a wide variety of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, webcasts, podcasts, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet's early warning system – the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to support and educate the global information security community. (