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SANS Cyber Defence Private Cyber Security Training

Private Cyber Defence training sees a highly qualified SANS Instructor deliver hands-on training - in person - confidentially in your HQ or learning facility.

SANS Cyber Defence Training Curriculum is designed to teach the skills necessary to protect an organisation from cyber attacks.

SANS Private Training is available to organisations that have over 25 students who need training.

Fewer than 25 students? Read about our Training Events and Online Training options.

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Hands On Learning

SANS Cyber Defence curriculum looks to improve organisations' security posture though equipping defenders with the practical abilities to stay ahead of their adversaries.

We look to help defenders:

  • Design and build secure business processes.
  • Conceptualise, assess and remediate flaws in existing networks.
  • Communicate cyber security issues and knowledge across the whole organisation.
  • Build scalable security solutions that are deployable across a whole enterprise.
  • Protect critical infrastructure.
  • Defend business critical intellectual property.

SANS is dedicated to enhancing practical skills. Students will find hands on defence courses that focus on technical spheres such as:

  • Enterprise defence
  • Intrusion detection
  • Incident handling
  • Critical controls across major operating systems
  • Audit and monitoring

Read what previous Cyber Defence students have to say about their training experience on our Testimonials page.

Cyber Defence Private Training Benefits

SANS Private Training is delivered behind closed doors. SANS can guarantee the maximum level of discretion and confidentially.

SANS works with organisations across a wide range of industries, functions and geographies. We appreciate that, for many, security is paramount.


Private Training offers organisations many budgetary and operational efficiencies.

These include:

  • A reduction in the out-of-office time across a security team.
  • Subsistence, travel and accommodation expenses associated with training are negated.
  • Staff remain on-site and available should their attention be needed.
  • A SANS Instructor can focus on situations, scenarios and technologies that are unique to a specific organisation.

Standardising cyber security training ensures an entire IT security team to speaks the same vocabulary, shares the same philosophy and follow the same procedures.

Should a situation occur, having a security team that works together to implement the best action offers profound defensive advantages.

Built to be Remembered

SANS Instructors are practicing cyber security professionals. Many have built long and prestigious careers in their chosen field of specialism.

SANS Instructors are CISOs, project managers, directors of security and leading academics.

This real-world experience means our Instructors are fully acquainted with today's defining and dominant security risks. They fight strategic threats on a daily basis, and bring this knowledge and insight into the classroom.

SANS equips students with a wide assortment of courseware that's designed to support learning. Highlights include:

  • Expertly written textbooks - The documents are written by industry experts. They are great memory aids when studying for a GIAC exam.
  • Lab exercises - Hands-on training relies on expert lab exercises. These use virtualisation to create simulated environments in which students can safely practice the skills they've learned.
  • Toolsets - Successful cyber defenders know which tools to deploy and how to best configure these tools. Students leave the classroom equipped with the tools they've explored.

Cyber Defence Security Certification

The desire to validate new cyber security skills is common. Many professionals choose to pursue The Global Information Assurance Certification after training.

GIAC is the world leader in cyber security certification. The body develops, administers and deploys certifications that test security professionals' hands-on skills.

Several GIAC Cyber Defence certifications align with SANS training courses.

They are as follows:

Cyber Defence Curriculum
Course Certification
Level 1 SEC301: Introduction to Cyber Security GISF
Level 2 SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style GSEC
Level 3 SEC501: Advanced Security Essentials - Enterprise Defender GCED
SEC503: Intrusion Detection In-Depth GCIA
SEC505: Securing Windows and PowerShell Automation GCWN
SEC506: Securing Linux/Unix GCUX
Specialty Courses SEC440: Critical Security Controls: Planning, Implementing, and Auditing
SEC511: Continuous Monitoring and Security Operations GMON
SEC550: Active Defense, Offensive Countermeasures and Cyber Deception
SEC555: SIEM with Tactical Analytics GCDA
SEC566: Implementing and Auditing the Critical Security Controls - In-Depth GCCC
MGT414: SANS Training Program for CISSP® Certification GISP

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