SANS and KPMG Now Accepting Nominations for the Ken Johnson DFIR Scholarship

Bethesda, Md. – SANS Institute, the global leader in cyber security training, is accepting nominations for the Ken Johnson Digital Forensic and Incident Response (DFIR) Scholarship. In honor of Ken Johnson, SANS Institute and KPMG LLP created the Ken Johnson DFIR Scholarship to foster professional development and mentor students showing genuine promise in the DFIR field. The 2018 scholarship recipient will be honored at the annual SANS DFIR Summit and Training in Austin, Texas this June.

Ken Johnson had a passion for forensics and was an active member of the DFIR community. He attended and spoke at industry conferences, he helped organize BSides Iowa, and wrote a blog about his professional journey. In 2012, he presented his research on Windows 8 internals at the SANS DFIR Summit. Ken's talk and involvement in the Summit ultimately led to his role with KPMG, where he was a vital part of the response team for many high-profile engagements. The Ken Johnson DFIR Scholarship was created in 2016 to honor Ken's legacy.

The scholarship will provide:

  • Two SANS DFIR classes in any format (contributed by SANS and KPMG LLP)
  • One complimentary entry to the SANS DFIR Summit in the year the scholarship is awarded
  • Mentoring from two DFIR coaches (Matt Bromiley and David Nides)
  • Consideration for an internship

For additional details on the Ken Johnson DFIR Scholarship, including submission guidelines, eligibility requirements and application details, please visit:

The SANS DFIR Summit is a two-day event taking place June 7-8. Immediately following the Summit, SANS will host a six-day training event that includes immersion-style information security and management courses. Attendees will also have an opportunity to test their skills and earn DFIR Challenge coins by participating in DFIR NetWars the Coin Slayer.

Summit seats are available at 50 percent off with a course purchase by May 7. For additional information on the SANS DFIR Summit & Training (June 7-14), including a complete line-up of speakers and a list of courses, or to register, please 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. (