SANS Instructor, Ed Skoudis, Awarded the Order of Thor Medal at the Army Cyber Institute

Bethesda, Md. – SANS Institute, the global leader in information security training, today announced SANS Instructor and NetWars CyberCity Director, Ed Skoudis, has been inducted into the Military Cyber Professionals Association's Order of Thor. This prestigious award was presented to Mr. Skoudis by Col. Gregory Conti, Army Cyber Institute director in honor of Mr. Skoudis' contributions in preparing the next generation of military cyber professionals.

During the award presentation on March 25th, Col. Gregory Conti commended Mr. Skoudis for his support for West Point, its cadets, the Army, and Mr. Skoudis' involvement with the training of a large number of Cyber Warriors over the past 15 years. The award cites Mr. Skoudis' significant contributions to the community of military cyber professionals.

"I was really surprised and, frankly, was rendered speechless during the ceremony," Skoudis said. "It's truly an honor to be able to work with incredible people in the U.S. military who defend our nation."

The prestigious Order of Thor Medal recognizes great service and contributions in the American military cyber community. The Order of Thor is named for the mythological warrior who battles beyond the clouds--appropriate, considering the cloud is a widely recognized symbol of cyber space. Being inducted into the Order of Thor is a recognition of members of the military community that have made considerable contributions and embody the Military Cyber Professionals Association's (MCPA) values of loyalty, duty, and excellence. Inductees are presented a medal symbolizing the appreciation on behalf of the American military cyber profession.

The MCPA is a non-profit organization and counts service members, retirees and civilians in the cyber community among its members. To learn more about the MCPA, please visit:

About Ed Skoudis

Ed Skoudis is the founder of Counter Hack, an innovative organization that designs, builds, and operates popular infosec challenges and simulations including SANS' CyberCity, NetWars, Cyber Quests, and Cyber Foundations. As director of the SANS' CyberCity project, Ed oversees the development of missions which help train cyber warriors in how to defend the kinetic assets of a physical, miniaturized city. Ed's expertise includes hacker attacks and defenses, incident response, and malware analysis, with over fifteen years of experience in information security. Ed authored and regularly teaches the SANS courses on network penetration testing (Security 560) and incident response (Security 504), helping over three thousand information security professionals each year improve their skills and abilities to defend their networks.

To view upcoming training sessions where Ed will be teaching, including the SANS SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking courses, please visit:

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