SANS Institute Awarded 2021 Cyber Industry Resource of the Year from the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland

The 5th annual awards program recognizes the best of Maryland’s cybersecurity industry and celebrates the resiliency of the cybersecurity industry

BETHESDA, MD. September 27, 2021 – SANS Institute (“SANS”) was honored with the 2021 Cyber Industry Resource of the Year Award from the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc. (CAMI), Maryland’s only nonprofit organization dedicated to bolstering the growth of the state’s cybersecurity industry. These competitive awards recognize leading-edge cybersecurity product and services companies headquartered in Maryland for their innovations and contributions to the state’s cybersecurity ecosystem.

SANS’ ongoing mission is to empower cybersecurity professionals with the practical skills and knowledge they need to make our world a safer place. SANS Institute specializes in high quality cybersecurity training, certifications, scholarship academies, degree programs, cyber ranges, and resources to meet the needs of every cyber professional.

“We’re thrilled to be recognized as a leading player in the Maryland cybersecurity community with the 2021 Cyber Industry Resource of the Year Award,” said Rob Lee, Chief Curriculum Director and Head of Faculty at SANS Institute. “Behind this recognition is our team’s determination to provide our customers with outstanding protection against cybersecurity threats. As security threats evolve, we pride ourselves on the ability to pivot and be on the forefront of innovation.”

In total, 84 nominations were considered across 7 categories for the 2020 MD Cybersecurity Awards. Entries were evaluated by 12 independent judges whose roles range from Vice Presidents to Founders.

“We are pleased to name SANS Institute a winner in the 2021 MD Cybersecurity Awards,” said Gregg Smith, Board Chairman of CAMI; CEO of Attila Security. “The winners comprise an elite group of cybersecurity leaders in the State of Maryland and have contributed immensely to Maryland’s growth as a national cybersecurity powerhouse.”

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 each year 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. 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. (


About CAMI

The Cybersecurity Association of Maryland, Inc. (CAMI) is a statewide, 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization established in 2015. CAMI is Maryland's only organization solely dedicated to the growth of Maryland's cybersecurity industry. The organization strives to help members form connections with each other, industry resources and potential private and public sector buyers. Additionally, CAMI provides free cybersecurity incident response advice to Maryland businesses with its Cyber SWAT Team, composed of select organization members.

Media Contacts

Carrie Gray
for SANS Institute

Tasha Cornish
for CAMI