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SANS Announces Inaugural St. Louis Cyber Security Training Event

Hands-on Immersion Style Training for Security Professionals at Every Level

  • Bethesda, MD
  • January 9, 2019

SANS Institute, the global leader in cyber security training, today announced its first cyber security training event in St. Louis, Missouri. SANS St. Louis 2019 (#SANSStLouis) will take place March 11-16. The event features courses for all skill levels. SANS Senior Instructor, Philip Hagen will share his unique insight into the double-edge sword of the wider use of encryption during his evening talk "The [Encrypted] Elephant in the Room".

According to Philip Hagen (@PhilHagen), "From a privacy perspective, encryption offers better protection of our increasingly personal communications. From an investigative perspective, however, the decreased visibility will be an obstacle to differentiating malicious from benign activity. This dichotomy will only become more disparate as the need to both protect and examine communications become more pervasive.

"Join me in St. Louis where we will discuss perspectives on this topic, with a focus on some parallels to solutions we as a forensic community have already established such as full disk encryption and strong protection of mobile devices. These and other solutions can all balance the necessary protection of personal data while still allowing appropriate investigative insight needed for today's forensic tasks."

In addition his evening talk, Hagen will teach his co-authored course FOR572: Advanced Network Forensics: Threat Hunting, Analysis, and Incident Response. This course provides students with the tools and methods to conduct network investigations within environments of all sizes, using scenarios developed from real-world cases.

SANS St. Louis 2019 features courses covering a variety of topics including enterprise threat and vulnerability assessment, cyber defense, ethical hacking, digital forensics, and security management. Those new to cyber security will benefit from the SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style course. More experienced professionals will benefit from courses like the new SEC460: Enterprise Threat and Vulnerability Assessment course.

For a complete list of courses and evening talks, or to register for SANS St. Louis 2019, visit:

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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. (