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SANS Institute, RP/6 and the USO Bring Cybersecurity Training Program for Transitioning Veterans to Colorado Springs

Partnership among leading organizations to provide transitioning service members and their spouses best-in-class training for cutting edge jobs in cybersecurity

  • Bethesda, MD
  • August 26, 2016

SANS Institute, in collaboration with RP/6 and the United Service Organizations (USO), today announced that SANS will offer 100% scholarship-based cybersecurity training in Colorado Springs as part of the VetSuccess Academy program.

The SANS VetSuccess Academy provides transitioning veterans and active duty military spouses with advanced technical training, industry-recognized GIAC certifications, and connections to leading employers in cybersecurity. For employers, the program is a faster, more reliable, and less expensive way to find, train, certify and employ qualified cybersecurity talent.

"We hear time and again from our employer partners that they want the integrity and motivation veterans bring to the job," said Anne Sprute, founder and CEO of RP/6. "We are so excited to connect Colorado Springs' transitioning service members who have those skills in abundance to the best cybersecurity training available thanks to the SANS Institute and the USO. After piloting the VetSuccess Academy in Washington State, we know how powerful this program will be for the thousands of veterans and military spouses here."

Eligible participants will take and complete the qualifying assessment and based on the results, may be invited to submit a full application and interview for the program. Courses are scheduled to begin in Colorado Springs on October 24, 2016. The application process is now open and the last date to request the qualifying exam is Friday, September 30, 2016.

"In an effort to find new talent to meet the rapidly growing needs in cybersecurity, we believe transitioning veterans are ready to fill the gap and are proud to partner with RP/6 and the USO to provide transitioning service members with valuable skills and a solid career path," said Max Shuftan, Business Development Manager of SANS CyberTalent. "Our VetSuccess Program has been very successful to date and we are pleased to help employers find great new employees with the skills they require."

The VetSuccess Academy includes three world-class SANS Institute training courses and upon completion of each course; participants will take the associated GIAC exam before starting the next course.

  1. SEC401: SANS Security Essentials Bootcamp Style (GSEC)
  2. SEC504: Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits and Incident Handling (GCIH)
  3. 3rd course chosen from five (5) electives:
    • FOR408: Windows Forensic Analysis (GCFE)
    • SEC501: Advanced Security Essentials - Enterprise Defender (GCFA)
    • SEC503: Intrusion Detection In-Depth (GCIA)
    • SEC542: Web App Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking (GWAPT)
    • SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking (GPEN)

"Partnering with the SANS Institute and RP/6 means transitioning veterans who walk through our doors have the opportunity to be connected to the best cybersecurity training available at no cost to them," said Phil Martinez, USO Director, Colorado Springs, Colorado. "Our nationwide partnership with RP/6 has turned USO-RP/6 in locations across the country into one-stop-shops for service members to connect to employment, education, benefits and training opportunities--while they transition from military to civilian life."

To learn more about the VetSuccess Academy, please visit:

About Rally Point 6
RP/6 was founded by military veterans who saw a disconnect between the local community and the service members transitioning into civilian life. RP/6 is that connection between service members, veterans, and their families and the community organizations ready to meet their needs. We work one-on-one with clients to develop personal pathways towards their goals and use high-tech solutions to ensure their success. Our first of its kind "one stop shop" has served nearly 6,000 service members, veterans, and their families since our doors opened in 2014.

About USO
The USO strengthens America's military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. For nearly 75 years, the USO has been the nation's leading organization to serve the men and women in the U.S. military, and their families, throughout their time in uniform. From the moment they join, through their assignments and deployments, and as they transition back to their communities, the USO is always by their side.

About SANS Institute

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. (