SANS Mentor Finalist for Second Annual Americas Information Security Leadership Awards

For Immediate Release

Contact: Heather Kohls
Tel: 630-554-9663

Bethesda, MD - September 13, 2012 - SANS Mentor James Leyte-Vidal is a finalist for the 2012 Americas Information Security Leadership Awards in the Information Security Practitioner category.

James Leyte-Vidal is a Florida-based Team Manager for Security and Compliance in an Internet-facing division of a Fortune 100 company. James has worked in IT for over 10 years and has extensive experience with securing both internal and externally facing applications, helping developers understand security requirements, and auditing of internal and external facing systems.

James holds the GIAC certifications GCIH, GAWN, GISP, GPEN, and GWAPT, along with MCSE, and CISA certifications and degrees in IT and Psychology. He provides Security and Compliance awareness training within his own company as well as training in Problem Solving and Decision making methodologies from an external vendor. James is excited to train SANS content to others because of the positive impact they have on the security community and the assistance they provide in helping us all protect our information assets.

SANS Mentor courses give you the opportunity to participate in SANS training without the expense and inconvenience of travel or being out of the office during the workday. With hands-on interaction with your instructor and classmates, you'll gain personal attention in these smaller, local training classes. Classes can be scheduled with as few as 3 students.

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