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SANS Heads to Washington, D.C. for One of Its Biggest Training Events of the Year

Cyber Defense Initiative 2017 to Feature Multiple NetWars Challenge Opportunities

  • Bethesda, MD
  • September 12, 2017

SANS Institute, the global leader in information security training, today announced its return to Washington, D.C. December 12 - 19 with SANS Cyber Defense Initiative 2017. SANS Cyber Defense Initiative 2017 is one of SANS' biggest training events of the year. The event features more than 35 information security courses, bonus evening discussions and multiple NetWars Challenges, including the Tournament of Champions event.

"The SANS Cyber Defense Initiative event is all about securing critically important systems around the country and around the world. That's why it's the perfect place to hold our biggest, most diverse NetWars events ever," said Ed Skoudis (@edskoudis), SANS NetWars CyberCity Director and Faculty Fellow. "We'll have three different versions of NetWars running simultaneously so participants can apply different skillsets in cyber defense, digital forensics, and core cyber security skills. We'll also host a hundred champion NetWars players from around the world - the cream of the crop - in a Tournament of Champions face off to determine who is the best of the best."

SANS Cyber Defense Initiative 2017 offers courses filled with dynamic content on the hottest information security issues covering such topics as cyber defense, penetration testing, ethical hacking, digital forensics, cloud security, management, and industrial controls system security. SEC503: Intrusion Detection In-Depth, SEC545: Cloud Security Architecture and Operations, SEC564: Red Team Operations and Threat Emulation and SEC542: Web App Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking are just some of the courses offered.

In addition to SANS classroom training, attendees of SANS Cyber Defense Initiative 2017 can test their security skills at the Core NetWars Experience, DFIR NetWars Tournament, and the new Cyber Defense NetWars Tournament Dec. 17-18. Bonus evening discussions will round out the agenda.

To learn more about SANS Cyber Defense Initiative 2017 including a complete list of courses and details on bonus evening discussions, or to register, visit:

About SANS Institute

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 50 different courses at more than 200 live cyber security training events as well as online. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates employee qualifications via 30 hands-on, technical certifications in information 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. (