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SANS Heads to Austin for Six Days of Ethical Hacking, Penetration Testing, and Exploit Development Training

SANS Pen Test Austin to Feature Two Capture the Flag-Style Competitions

  • Bethesda, MD
  • January 22, 2018

SANS Institute, the global leader in cyber security training, today announced the agenda for SANS Pen Test Austin 2018 taking place in Texas March 19 - 24. The event will feature hands-on immersion style training courses to help security professionals of every level hone their hacking, penetration testing, and exploit development skills.

According to Ed Skoudis (@edskoudis), SANS NetWars CyberCity Director and Faculty Fellow, "I'm super excited about the upcoming SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking course at Pen Test Austin. We'll have TWO capture the flag competitions in the course, a full-on Pen Test on day six, and a special 'hidden' CtF that runs all week. We'll also have a brand-new lab workbook for students that covers all the hands-on exercises in the course, including some of the most powerful and prominent attacks used in breaches. For extra learning opportunities, we'll run NetWars challenges and CyberCity missions in the evenings, all week."

For additional information on the SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking course, or to register, please visit:

SANS Pen Test Austin 2018 will feature a variety of course for security professionals at every level. Included among the course line-up are the new SEC599: Defeating Advanced Adversaries - Implementing Kill Chain Defenses course and the newly updated SEC617: Wireless Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking course. Specialized courses like SEC573: Automating Information Security with Python and FOR578: Cyber Threat Intelligence will also be offered along with bonus evening discussions.

For a complete list of courses, or to register for SANS Pen Test Austin 2018, please visit:

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