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Learn How to Improve Vulnerability Management at SANS Boston Cyber Security Training Event

Real-World Practitioners Share What Works to Overcome Complex Cyber Security Issues

  • Bethesda, MD
  • February 5, 2020

SANS Institute, the global leader in cyber security training and certifications, today announced SANS Boston Spring 2020 (#SANSBoston), taking place April 20-25 in Massachusetts. The event features hands-on immersion training courses taught by world-renowned SANS instructors. Included on the agenda is the newly released MGT516: Managing Security Vulnerabilities: Enterprise and Cloud course.

Effectively communicating program details and business benefits is a common challenge in vulnerability management. MGT516 co-author and SANS instructor Jonathan Risto (@jonathanristo) explains, "Vulnerability reports typically lack business context, and often include non-actionable metrics such as the number of current critical vulnerabilities. Meanwhile, system administrators are expected to resolve issues using this limited data. And because they are unable to complete the work, breaches continue to leverage unpatched vulnerabilities." Risto continues, "In MGT516, we present an alternative strategy, and outline how to present relevant and meaningful metrics and measures to the audiences we engage with (executive, management, peers). Students also learn to invert their messaging to operations by providing solutions to the problems, instead of just identifying the problems."

SANS Boston Spring 2020 features courses covering a variety of topics. Included on the course line-up are SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style, SEC504: Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling, SEC540: Cloud Security and DevOps Automation, SEC599: Defeating Advanced Adversaries - Purple Team Tactics & Kill Chain Defenses, and more.

For a complete list of courses and instructors, or to register for SANS Boston Spring 2020, visit:

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