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SANS Institute Returns to Washington D.C. with Cyber Defense Initiative ® Training Event

  • Bethesda, MD
  • November 12, 2014

SANS Institute today announced its return to Washington D.C. for its annual cyber security training event, SANS Cyber Defense Initiative ® (CDI) 2014, taking place December 10 - 19. Attendees will learn about the newest cyber attacks, how they work, and what can be done to prevent them or mitigate the damage. Attendees will also learn about the latest tools for finding, blocking, and deciphering hacking attacks.

Included among the courses offered at CDI is the popular FOR508: Advanced Digital Forensics and Incident Response course. This in-depth incident response course provides responders with advanced skills to hunt down, counter, and recover from a wide range of threats within enterprise networks, including APT adversaries, organized crime syndicates, and hactivism. SANS will also offer SEC501: Advanced Security Essentials - Enterprise Defender which builds on a solid foundation of core policies and practices to enable security teams to effectively defend their enterprise.

CDI students can look forward to the debut of SANS' biggest NetWars challenge ever, the SEC562: CyberCity Hands-on Kinetic Cyber Range course. Dubbed the ultimate training event for cyber warriors and Infosec professionals, the Kinetic Cyber Range brings together every CyberCity mission ever offered, and new missions, under one single mega challenge.

In conjunction with the SANS CDI 2014 cyber security training courses, three SANS NetWars Tournaments will be take place at the event. Core NetWars, DFIR NetWars, and the Third Annual Tournament of Champions. To learn more about the NetWars events, visit

"The NetWars competitions are an exciting way for people to measure and prove their skills while learning the latest techniques and approaches to fend off real-world cyber attacks. From determining how attacks happened and who compromised the network, to how to prevent future attacks or mitigate impact, SANS NetWars covers it all," said Ed Skoudis, SANS Faculty Fellow and NetWars CyberCity Director.

For more information on CDI, including a complete list of courses with overviews and instructor bios, or to register, 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. (