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SANS Institute Takes First Cyber Security Training Event to Manchester in February 2020

SANS recognises Manchester's role as a top Digital City and Cyber Security Hub

  • London, UK
  • 23 January 2020

SANS Institute, the global leader in cyber security training and certifications, is bringing its world-renowned cyber security training to Manchester for the very first time in February 2020. From 24th to 29th February, IT security professionals looking to learn directly from world-leading cyber security practitioners, can develop and extend their cyber security skills by attending SANS Manchester. The event offers the choice of five immersion-style cyber security training sessions, each designed to provide attendees with the skills to defend their organisations against security breaches and prevent future attacks.

Manchester has been recognised as a Top 20 European Digital City, and just last year the UK’s Government Communications HQ (GCHQ) established a new centre in Manchester. Using cutting-edge technology to identify and disrupt cyber threats to the UK, the centre contributes to Manchester’s reputation as ‘one of the best cities in the world’ for developing and harnessing digital technology.

Stephen Jones, SANS MD for the UK & Nordics, says; “Our strategy this year is to bring SANS training events to key regional cities throughout Europe. In the UK this means extending SANS training events outside of London, where we already run at least 10-track training events on a monthly basis, to other key, digitally focused cities in the UK. In order to provide world-class training to Manchester’s information security practitioners, SANS is delighted to be running our first training event in  Manchester for the first time in February. This will offer five week-long courses and provide the best in-depth technical cyber security training available from world-leading cyber security experts.”

“We ran a smaller but well-supported training event in Cardiff at the end of last year and Manchester was an obvious next choice because of its status as a top 20 European Digital City and rapid growth as a tech and cyber security hub. This includes the new GCHQ centre there and very recent announcement that the GCHQ Accelerator will offer 11 companies in the area, which all create products to improve citizen safety in a digitally connected world, support and mentoring from its tech experts.”

SANS live training takes the form of a week-long event which for a ten-course event can often be attended by around 300 cyber security professionals at one time. This means that, as well as providing week-long in-depth technical training in the latest cutting-edge cyber security techniques, SANS training events also provide fantastic opportunities to network with industry peers and experts and to attend additional evening activities such as night talks and NetWars competitions that allow delegates to test their skills alongside others in the industry.

The training courses running at SANS Manchester are:

SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style

SEC504: Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling

SEC545: Cloud Security Architecture and Operations

SEC555: SIEM with Tactical Analytics

SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking

SANS training courses prepare delegates for the industry recognised GIAC certification and allow them to develop the hands-on cyber security skills that are most essential in the prevention of cyber threat, and in order to excel in their certification examinations. The SANS promise is that the skills delegates acquire during their training with SANS, are guaranteed to be useful, if not essential when they return to work.

To book a place at SANS Manchester, candidates should visit the SANS website.

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. (