Kevin pursued a career in information security in 1994 after reading an article about someone who got paid to break into government and fortune 100 networks. It fascinated him. After researching a bit, he realized the skill it must take to not only compromise these systems, but, even more so, defend a computer network from attack.
He says, "I believe that information security is one of the most important endeavors in today's society as virtually every aspect of our society is affected by cyber security threats. I want to do my part to ensure that risks can be reduced and that defenders have as much knowledge and as many tools at their disposal as possible."
Kevin became a SANS instructor in 2004 to provide this knowledge and these tools to security practitioners using the experience he's gained over the years. In the classroom you'll find him teaching SEC504: Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling and SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking. He notes that some of his favorite moments from the classroom are, "Watching the 'light' turn on after a student who was having difficulty grasping a topic finally 'gets it'."
Kevin currently holds several security certifications and is proud to have earned the top information security certification in the industry, the GIAC Security Expert. He has also achieved the distinctive title of SANS Cyber Guardian for both red team and blue team. Kevin has taught many of SANS's most popular classes including SEC401, SEC464, SEC503, SEC504, SEC542, SEC560, SEC561, SEC575, FOR508, and MGT414.
ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS BY KEVIN FISCUS:
Detecting the Deceivers through Deception, April 2020