Cleveland Information Security Summit Teams Up with SANS to Boost Local Cybersecurity Expertise

Cleveland, Oh. – As national reports of governments and companies being hacked and suffering irreparable reputational damage continue to rise, ISS is making sure Northeast Ohio has the latest tools and resources it needs for enterprise resilience. Information Security Summit (ISS) is bringing SANS security training to Cleveland for the first time. As part of the Spring IT Summit, held April 17-22 at the I-X Center, IT professionals and aspiring cybersecurity experts will have a chance to learn from SANS' world renowned cybersecurity instructors.

SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cybersecurity training and certification to professionals at governments and commercial institutions world-wide. SANS will offer two 6-day classes during the Spring IT Summit. Early registrants will receive a discounted rate.

  1. SEC401"Security Essentials" Basics-level Bootcamp teaches beginners the basic steps to prevent attacks, detect adversaries and battle against the wide range of cyber adversaries that target business, government, and people. Computer security is a field where things change daily. To stay on top professionals must have a strong foundation in the essentials of security. SANS Security Essentials curriculum consists of courses designed to help participants gain the knowledge and hands-on skills needed to succeed as a security professional. The SANS instructor will be Kevin Rippa, 46 CPE's will be awarded upon completion of this course. Get more information or register for this course at:
  2. SEC503 "Intrusion Detection" Advanced-level in-depth delivers the technical knowledge, insight, and hands-on training advanced professionals need to defend their companies with confidence. The goal of SEC503 is to acquaint participants with the core knowledge, tools, and techniques to defend networks, and prepare them to put new skills and knowledge to work immediately upon returning to a live environment. The SANS instructor is Nik Alleyne, this course offers 36 CPEs upon completion. Get more information or register for this course at:

"The need for trained information security professionals is growing fast as it is no longer a matter of if an organization will be compromised but when," said Eric Cole, Fellow and Cyber Defense Lead at SANS. "The ISS summit provides a unique opportunity for security professionals to access SANS' world class training without having to travel. We look forward to helping Cleveland build its cyber security talent pool."

"Each year, ISS helps our region's information security and technology sectors stay up-to-date by bringing speakers and professional development opportunities in from around the country. This year, our focus is on Enterprise Resilience; as we've seen in the past year - it is becoming more critical that our businesses and governments are protected from both domestic and international cyber-attacks," says Gary Sheehan, Executive Director and Co-founder of the Information Security Summit.

A Mid-week Xceptional Networking Reception will be hosted by SANS at the I-X Center on April 19th, where cybersecurity experts and IT professionals can compile and share information from the week's activities with their colleagues, key opinion leaders and other industry experts.

Cybersecurity and IT professionals interested in attending one of the two Community SANS training courses or the Spring IT Summit can learn more here:

Information Security Summit

The Information Security Summit hosts the Spring IT Summit on April 19, 2017, and the fall Security Summit Week Oct. 30, 2017 - Nov. 3, 2017. The Spring IT Summit offers professional development and training to Cleveland's IT workforce, and this year will feature SANS, the largest source for information security training and security certification in the world. The fall Security Summit Week focuses more on information security and preventing cyber-attacks. Both events will take place at the I-X Center; more information can be found at

Community SANS

Community SANS offers the most popular security courses in a small classroom setting in local communities - most courses have fewer than 25 students. The course material is delivered over a six-day period, just like it is at a larger SANS event, by instructors trained by SANS" very best experts. For more information visit:

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 world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach more than 60 courses at in-person and virtual cyber security training events and on demand. 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. (