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SANS' Penetration Testing Training Event to Make its Austin Debut

Provides the Opportunity for Aspiring and Seasoned Penetration Testers to Advance their Skills

  • Bethesda, MD
  • March 23, 2015

SANS Institute, the global leader in information security training, today announced SANS Pen Test Austin, taking place May 18 - 23. This event marks the first time SANS will offer its popular penetration testing training to the Austin market. Attendees will learn vital and in-demand skills as well as have the opportunity to network with like-minded security professionals that want to take their pen test artistry to the next level.

"Penetration testing is the art and science of improving an organization's security by having security professionals attempt to hack it. Properly done, so-called pen tests can help an organization radically improve its security stance," said Ed Skoudis, SANS Instructor and NetWars CyberCity Director. "With malicious computer attacks increasing in numbers and severity, the information security industry needs an enormous amount of help in proactively finding and resolving vulnerabilities. Penetration testers who are able to identify flaws, understand them, and demonstrate their business impact through careful exploitation are an important piece of the defensive puzzle. For those IT professionals looking to land their first job as a pen tester to those already enjoying success in this exciting field, SANS Pen Test Austin offers something for everyone."

Highlights of SANS Pen Test Austin include:

  • SANS Top Courses focused on Pen Testing including hands-on immersion training featuring skills that attendees can begin using immediately;
  • Three nights of NetWars challenges, where attendees compete against each other and themselves as they test and build their InfoSec skills;
  • The ability to participate in SANS' Coin-a-palooza which allows attendees to earn up to four additional SANS pen test challenge coins (each with an integrated cipher challenge) based on their individual performance in SANS NetWars; and
  • Access to SANS' CyberCity Missions which allow participants to work through an evening of cyber missions that have a direct kinetic impact on the miniature CyberCity environment that SANS built with a real power grid, water reservoir, military base, and more.

For more information on SANS Pen Test Austin 2015, including a complete list of courses and instructors 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. (