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SANS Institute Hosts Free Continuous Monitoring Workshop for Government Agencies

DHS Continuous Diagnostics & Mitigation Educational Workshop Helps Government Personnel Determine the Best Mix of Products and Services

  • Bethesda, MD
  • October 9, 2013

SANS Institute today announced the DHS Continuous Diagnostics & Mitigation (CDM) Workshop taking place Nov. 6, 2013 in Washington D.C. The event, which is free to all federal, state and local government personnel, was organized to create greater awareness of the benefits of the CDM program in the fight against cyberattacks and to help agencies understand which technology and services offered through the program are best for their organization.

"From a financial standpoint it is becoming increasingly difficult for agencies to increase security and maintain compliance. The CDM program addresses these issues by providing a rare opportunity for agencies to increase their compliance and achieve actual security improvements at no cost,” said John Pescatore, director of Emerging Trends, SANS. "To ensure participating agencies achieve the best possible outcome, a clear understanding of today's risk, the program benefits, and greater knowledge of the products and services available is essential."

Joining forces with SANS at this event are several notable senior government officials including Jane Lute, CEO, Council on CyberSecurity; Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General, GAO; John Streufert Director US Dept. of Homeland Security, Federal Network Resilience, DHS; and more.

Agenda highlights for the workshop include:

  • An overview of the threats government systems face
  • Continuous Diagnostics/Monitoring : Increasing US Cybersecurity Levels
  • Real stories of using Continuous Monitoring to make a difference
  • Real-world government use cases including a SIEM Solution Shootout, Vulnerability Assessment Solution Shootout, Endpoint Monitoring Shootout

Federal, state and local government personnel may attend the event free of charge; contractors and vendors are required to pay a fee. The DHS CDM Workshop will be held at the Dupont Circle Hotel, Washington, D.C. The event will be simulcast as well as recorded for rebroadcast for those unable to attend. For more information, including panel and discussion overviews and a complete list of presenters, or to register for the event or simulcast, please visit:

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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. (