SANS Cyber Academies

To help fill the cybersecurity skills gap, the SANS Institute created the CyberTalent Immersion Academy, an intensive, accelerated training program that provides world-class training and GIAC certifications to quickly and effectively launch careers in cybersecurity. More than 600 scholarships have been awarded so far and 90% of our graduates are employed within six months of graduation. Find out if you could be one of the next to participate and launch a new career in cyber!

Apply for the Next Cyber Workforce Academy - Maryland

The SANS Cyber Workforce Academy - Maryland is comprised of two separate tracks, a six -month Reskilling Academy which provides accelerated cybersecurity training program to individuals not currently working in cybersecurity, and an Upskilling Academy for individuals with IT experience or limited cybersecurity skills to upskill into an in-demand position.
Industry Resource of the Year Award Badge

Cybersecurity Industry Resource of the Year Award

“We’re thrilled to be recognized as a leading player in the Maryland cybersecurity community with the 2021 Cyber Industry Resource of the Year Award,” said Rob Lee, Chief Curriculum Director and Head of Faculty at SANS Institute. “Behind this recognition is our team’s determination to provide our customers with outstanding protection against cybersecurity threats. As security threats evolve, we pride ourselves on the ability to pivot and be on the forefront of innovation.”

2021 Immersion Academy Schedule

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Cyber Workforce Academy Maryland


Virginia Cyber Skills Academies


VetSuccess Academy 2022

May 2022June 2022

Diversity Cyber Academy 2022

April 4, 2022

May 13, 2022

Women's Immersion Academy 2022

March 7, 2022

April 15, 2022

HBCU Cyber Academy 2022January 17, 2022March 1, 2022

"The opportunity to earn industry-recognized SANS/GIAC certification is an unparalleled benefit. Employers really take notice. And of course, the people. I made long-lasting friendships with wonderful women in my SANS Academy class. I still speak with many of them today. It was an unexpected but welcome outcome." - Carlota Bindner, Security Associate, Rapid7


Download the CyberTalent Immersion Academy Report

Learn more about our immersion academy scholarship partners, the graduates of our academies, and the jobs they've secured after graduation in this academy report.


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