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SANS Stages Free Online CTFs and Expert Night Talks for Entire Information Security Community

Enables Information Security Professionals Around the World to Keep Learning During Coronavirus Outbreak

  • Bethesda, MD
  • March 25, 2020

SANS Institute, the global leader in cyber security training and certifications, is providing a series of free online cybersecurity activities open to all members of the information security community. This is the latest is a series of free offerings from SANS to help support cyber security professionals through the current Coronavirus outbreak.

Last week SANS released a free “Securely Working from Home” Deployment Kit and “Secure Your Kids Online” Resource Kit in response to the rapid transition to remote working and learning across the globe. Now SANS has put together an entirely free set of SANS@Mic evening talks, delivered by SANS’ expert instructors. Additionally, SANS is hosting a series of Mini Netwars (capture the flag) events to provide continuing learning and hands-on training for everyone in the community.

SANS Fellow, Ed Skoudis, explains, “SANS has always provided free resources to help the information security community. During these unprecedented times where, social distancing is the required norm and cyber attackers are increasing their activities, it is more important than ever to find ways of engaging and supporting our community. As a result, we have put together what we hope will be a really fun series of expert talks and Mini Netwars events that will run over the coming weeks and months. We are thankful for this community and are glad to be able to give something back.”

The SANS@Mic talks will run every Monday and Wednesday, twice a day for different time zones until at least June 2020 and will last approximately 60 minutes. Devised and delivered by a SANS panel of industry-expert instructors, the talks will cover the hottest cyber security topics and will be recorded and archived for those who missed them.

The Mini Netwars events will last up to three hours and will run every other week for the entire community. Mini Netwars Mission 1 will run April 2-3 and Mission 2 on April 23-24. Missions 3 and 4 will follow. Each mission will feature brand new content and challenges from a wide range of cyber security skillsets, including offense, defense, analysis, and much more, all wrapped up in a whimsical theme. Additionally, on April 16 there will be a NetWars Capstone event, where participants will simulate a penetration test. All these events will run until May 31 and will be open to the public, not just SANS students.

Currently scheduled SANS@Mic talks can be found on the upcoming webcasts page. Additional information on the Mini Netwars can be found here https://www.sans.org/netwars-cybercast.

You can also visit https://www.sans.org/free to see all SANS free content available to the community.

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 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 35 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. (https://www.sans.org)