Chris Sanders is an information security instructor, author, and researcher originally from Mayfield, KY. He is the founder of Applied Network Defense, a company focused on delivering high-quality, accessible information security training. Chris is also the founder and executive director of the Rural Technology Fund, a non-profit organization that provides rural public schools and libraries with technology education equipment to help students recognize the potential of technology-related careers. To date, the RTF has put computer science education resources into the hands of over 150,000 students in all 50 states. In previous roles, Chris worked with the US Department of Defense, InGuardians, and Mandiant to build security operation centers, conduct analyst-centered research, and train analysts focused on defending military, government, and commercial networks.
Chris has authored several books and articles, including the groundbreaking computer security best sellers Intrusion Detection Honeypots, Practical Packet Analysis (currently in its third edition and in seven languages), and Applied Network Security Monitoring. In 2021, he obtained his Doctorate in Education from Baylor University. Chris’s research focus lies at the intersection of cyber security, education, and cognitive psychology where he studies security analyst cognition and performance.