Eric Conrad

Eric Conrad, a SANS Faculty Fellow and course author, has over 28 years of information security experience. Eric is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Backshore Communications, a company focusing on hunt teaming, intrusion detection, incident handling, and penetration testing.

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Eric's career began in 1991 as a UNIX systems administrator for a small oceanographic communications company. He gained information security experience in a variety of industries, including research, education, power, Internet, and health care.

Eric Conrad is the lead course author of MGT414: SANS Training Program for CISSP® Certification, and co-author of both SEC511: Continuous Monitoring and Security Operations and SEC542: Web App Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking. Eric is also the lead author of the books the CISSP Study Guide, and the Eleventh Hour CISSP: Study Guide.

Eric is a graduate of the SANS Technology Institute with a Master of Science degree in information security engineering. In addition Eric also holds various industry certifications including the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), GSE, GPEN, GCIH, GCIA, GCFA, GAWN, and GSEC. Eric blogs about information security at