SANS Named a Strong Performer for Security Awareness and Training Solutions by Independent Research Firm

Recognized for its strategic, mission-driven vision that is trusted to deliver globally relevant security awareness training, with a focus on improving culture and behavior

BETHESDA, MD — March 17, 2022 — SANS Institute (SANS), the global leader in cyber security training and certifications, was recognized as a “Strong Performer” in The Forrester Wave™: Security Awareness and Training Solutions, Q1 2022. In the report, Forrester Research evaluated 11 security awareness and training (SA&T) solution providers against 30 criteria which it grouped into three high-level categories: current offering, strategy, and market presence.

According to the Forrester report, in the current way employees work in a hybrid work model, “security awareness is now borderless — so it’s paramount to instill a ‘security everywhere’ culture.” The Forrester report goes on to note that the hybrid work model has created a well-needed disruption in SA&T. “In 2022, behavior and culture change are a reality—a far cry from 2020’s market, which was full of legacy vendors that were out of date and out of touch with users.”

The Forrester evaluation noted that “SANS has made significant contributions to the SA&T market; it has the largest user community seen in this evaluation, the industry’s most prominent security awareness maturity model, and a decade’s worth of annually published research into the human factor.” In addition, the Forrester report recognized that “…what impressed customer references are the actionable steps to manage and instill a security culture,” which SANS believes is paramount in today’s distributed workforce.

“SANS best-in-class Security Awareness solutions create a cyber-resilient workforce by transforming organizations’ ability to measure and manage human risk—giving organizations the only holistic approach to proper workforce training for today’s diverse mix of cyber risks and threats,” said John Byrne, General Manager, SANS Security Awareness. “We are pleased to be named a Strong Performer in The Forrester Wave for Security and Awareness Training Solutions. We’re equally delighted that Forrester recognized SANS’ mission-driven approach to SA&T and our security culture, which starts with our leading Security Awareness Maturity Model. This is a key driver for customers and is the primary reason why we have the largest community of users in the Security Awareness industry.”

Visit SANS Security Awareness to learn more about SANS’ Security Awareness best-in-class solutions to transform an organization’s ability to measure and manage human risk—from workforce training and a robust phishing platform to a full suite of human risk assessments and specialized training.

About SANS Institute

The SANS Institute (SANS) was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Today, SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cybersecurity training and certification to professionals in government and commercial institutions globally. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates practitioner skills through more than 35 hands-on, technical certifications in cybersecurity. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers master’s and bachelor’s degrees, graduate certificates, and an undergraduate certificate in cybersecurity. SANS Security Awareness provides organizations with a complete and comprehensive security awareness solution, enabling them to manage their “human” cybersecurity risk easily and effectively. 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.