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SANS Institute Announces the 2017 SANS CyberTalent Immersion Academy for Women

  • Bethesda, MD
  • March 20, 2017

SANS Institute, the global leader in information security training, today announced the 2017 Immersion Academy for Women. This accelerated training and certification program offers women a fast track to top jobs in cybersecurity. The program offers the selected candidates an opportunity to complete up to three of SANS' world-class cybersecurity training courses and earn the associated GIAC certifications. The Immersion Academy is an intensive, accelerated program designed for completion in approximately 6 months, depending upon the program selected.

"The cybertalent pipeline is small compared to the demand for skilled professionals and there are far too few women in the field," says Max Shuftan of the SANS Institute. "A recent study by the Women's Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) found that women represented only 11% of the information security workforce. The SANS Women's Immersion Academy is a great opportunity for women with an aptitude for InfoSec to develop hands-on skills and achieve industry-leading certifications on the path to a rewarding career in cybersecurity."

Interested candidates will need to request an aptitude assessment no later than Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Courses will begin in June with graduation in December. To learn more about the qualifications for the 2017 SANS CyberTalent Immersion Academy for Women, please visit:

The pilot Women's Immersion Academy was launched in 2016 with a cohort of 19 women consisting of college seniors, career changers and individuals re-entering the workforce. 16 of the 19 women in the pilot cohort have completed the program with at least one GIAC certification on their path into the cybersecurity workforce. If you are interested in hiring a graduate of the Women's Immersion Academy or learning more about the program, please email:

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The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals at governments and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach over 60 different courses at more than 200 live cyber security training events as well as online. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates a practitioner's qualifications via over 30 hands-on, technical certifications in cyber security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers master's degrees in cyber security. SANS offers a myriad of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, 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 help the entire information security community. (