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SANS Online Pen Test Training

Learn cutting edge pen test skills with complete flexibility. Work from a laptop or tablet and learn in your own time. Benefit from still SANS' respected learning experience and Instructor knowledge.

SANS's OnDemand training is an Online e-learning system that lets students study remotely with complete flexibility.

Online Penetration Testing Courses Training Benefits

SANS Online Penetration Testing Course offers training for newcomers, professionals who have established themselves as practicing pen testers and those who are looking to enhance their specialist skillset.

We, for example, offer courses that focus on web app, mobile, Windows, and network pen testing.

For practitioners with elite skillsets, we offer focussed courses that push students skills to the next level.

SANS Pen Test Instructors are some of the field's most noted experts. They work on pen testing's front line, holding high-ranking positions in high-profile organisations. Many are respected consultants.

Students studying online have access to there SANS Instructor via MP3 lectures.

SANS equips each student studying for an Online course with a wealth of courseware - supplementary material designed to enhance learning. Within the Pen Test curriculum this includes:

  • Textbooks - High-value, expertly written books that are updated regularly to address emerging threats and security trends.
  • Toolsets - SANS teaches students how to pick the best tools and how to get the most out of them. Students are provided with copies of the tools explored in class.
  • Specimen code - SANS creates sample code which forms the basis of lab exercises. The exercises give students the opportunity to test their new skills safely.
  • Posters - Working with designers, SANS creates large posters that elegantly and succinctly summarise complex pen test processes.
  • Cheat sheets - SANS creates a wealth of other printed Resources to help students retain what they've learned, and deploy knowledge quickly in the field.

Flexible Training

OnDemand is a self-directed learning system where students study at their own pace. All that's needed is time, a laptop or tablet, and access to the internet.

Complete Consistency

OnDemand is one of three training delivery options offered to students. Other options include training at a Training Event or Private Training for companies who wish to train a high number of students.

At a Training Event, students have the opportunity to earn a SANS Pen Test Coin. Read what previous students say about training on our Testimonials page.

Across all of training routes, we strive to offer a completely consistent learning experience. Training is created by respected experts and is designed to impart cutting-edge, practical skills.

At the heart of all our training is a simple promise: students will be able to deploy their new skills immediately.

Pen Testing Security Certification

Pen testing professionals who seek to validate their security skills turn to the Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC). GIAC is the global leader in the development and provision of cyber security certification.

GIAC is recognised around the world. People who hold its certifications are regarded as the industry's top practitioners. As a body, GIAC is completely impartial and independent.

GIAC and SANS share a common belief in the importance of hands-on skills and training. Several GIAC Certifications align with specific SANS Pen Test training courses.

They are as follows:


Penetration Testing Curriculum
Course Certification Register
Level 1 SEC301: Intro to Information Security GISF  
Level 2 SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style GSEC  
Level 3 SEC504: Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling GCIH  
Level 4 SEC542: Web App Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking GWAPT  
SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking GPEN  
SEC561: Immersive Hands-on Hacking Techniques  
SEC562: CyberCity Hands-on Kinetic Cyber Range Exercise  
SEC573: Automating Information Security with Python GPYC  
SEC575: Mobile Device Security and Ethical Hacking GMOB  
Level 5 SEC617: Wireless Ethical Hacking, Penetration Testing, and Defenses GAWN  
SEC642: Advanced Web App Penetration Testing, Ethical Hacking, and Exploitation Techniques  
SEC660: Advanced Penetration Testing, Exploit Writing, and Ethical Hacking GXPN  
Level 6 SEC760: Advanced Exploit Development for Penetration Testers