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SANS Secure Software Development Course Instructors

SANS Secure Software Development Instructors know how to build applications that are safe by design, and how to hunt for failings in existing code.

Finding and exploiting flaws in software is one of cyber crime's primary modes of attack.

SANS Secure Software Development Instructors are world-renowned experts in the field of building defensible code. Many work for high-profile businesses, military bodies and government organisations.

Individual SANS Instructors specialise in dominant languages such as C and C++, .NET and JavaScript. Others are experts in pen testing applications.

SANS offers three different types of training for Secure Software Development students:

A great way to find out more about our Software Development curriculum is to look at our student Testimonials, free Resources and FAQs.

To learn about taking the next level of development training, read about GIAC Certification.

Software Development Instructor List


Thomas Brandstetter

Thomas Brandstetter is CEO and co-founder of Limes Security, a company specializing in industrial cyber security and secure software development, based in Austria. Besides his work as a CEO, he is an associate professor at the University of Applied Sciences St. Poelten, Austria, where he loves to teach his students subjects like industrial cyber security, incident response, botnets and honeypots and penetration testing. He gathered a decade of experience in the industry when he joined Siemens in order to build up the topic of IT security in products. After spending years in pen-testing significant amounts of industrial products, he became Program Manager of the "Hack-Proof-Products Program" that he had co-founded. He held this position until in 2010 the Stuxnet malware hit. He was assigned the official incident manager role for this unique threat, and still loves to look back on what he learnt back then technically and about handling security in large organizations. Out of the remnants of the Stuxnet-activities, Thomas founded the Siemens ProductCERT, which is still one of the most effective industrial incident and vulnerability response teams worldwide today. He was heading the Siemens ProductCERT for another two years before he left for his own company and academia. Thomas was on stage at security conferences like Blackhat and SANS SCADA, and spoke at conferences like Meridian, IFIP WG11.10 CIIP and CIRED. Besides speaker engagements, he also likes to actively contribute to security-conferences. His last activities included helping to establish the ICS village at DEFCON and BruCON and he also is a conference chair for the industrial control system cyber security research (ICS-CSR) academic conference series. He is a GICSP, CISSP and holds a diploma degree in IT security from the University of Applied Sciences Hagenberg, Austria and a master?s degree in business administration from the Universities of Augsburg and Pittsburgh.

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Mark Bristow

Mark Bristow was born to work in information security as he found his first bug in an ICS system at the age of 10. As a teen he had a passion for technology and spent a lot of time exploring the possibilities on his computer. Once he realized he could make a career out of this passion, he jumped at the opportunity and earned a Computer Engineering degree from Penn State.

Mark loves the ever-changing landscape of security and views it as a puzzle that must be solved. He especially loves the challenges in ICS security as defending the systems where cyber meets physical means there is no greater success than a safe and effective process.

Currently Mark is the Chief of ICS-CERT Incident Response at the Department of Homeland Security where he leverages his expertise in incident response, industrial control systems, network monitoring and defense to support national security interests. In Mark's twelve- year security career he has also worked for SRA and Securicon where he supported a variety of private and public sector clients.

Mark's experience has led him to the path of sharing his knowledge and helping others learn to protect critical infrastructure. He loves teaching not only to help others, but because he learns something from his students in every class. Mark shares his real-world experiences with students so they can relate the information to scenarios in the field.

When Mark isn't defending ICS systems, he enjoys spending time with his family and scuba diving as much as possible.

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Jason Christopher

Jason D. Christopher is the Chief Technology Officer for Axio. His responsibilities include providing technical leadership on security and resilience issues relevant to Axio, its partners, and clients, and the development of all Axio technology platforms for security metrics and benchmarking.

Prior to Axio, Jason led the research for cybersecurity metrics and information assurance at the Electric Power Research Institute. Previously, he was the technical lead for cybersecurity capability and risk management at the US Department of Energy, where he managed the Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems Operations program, which included the Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model and other collaborative efforts. Jason also served as the program lead for both Critical Infrastructure Protection Standards and Smart Grid Security at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Mr. Christopher has worked on a variety of infrastructure projects, particularly in the field of industrial control systems design and implementation. He has also researched and designed technology systems across multiple industries, including energy, water, transportation, and communications. He has been a representative on the Federal Smart Grid Task Force, the Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC), and other technical committees.

Independent of his work at Axio, Jason is a member on the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE-USA) Energy Policy, Communications Policy, and Research & Development Policy Committees. Over the past decade, Jason has focused on the development of cybersecurity standards and practices for the nation's critical infrastructure.

Outside of the workplace, Jason focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education issues. He has lectured at several universities across the country and developed cross-disciplinary courses focusing on resilience, sustainable energy, and community design.

Mr. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and Master's of Engineering degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University.

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Tim Conway

Technical Director - ICS and SCADA programs at SANS. Responsible for developing, reviewing, and implementing technical components of the SANS ICS and SCADA product offerings. Formerly, the Director of CIP Compliance and Operations Technology at Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO). Responsible for Operations Technology, NERC CIP Compliance, and the NERC training environments for the operations departments within NIPSCO Electric. Previously, an EMS Computer Systems Engineer at NIPSCO for eight years, with responsibility over the control system servers and the supporting network infrastructure. Former Chair of the RFC CIPC, current Chair of the NERC CIP Interpretation Drafting Team, member of the NESCO advisory board, current Chair of the NERC CIPC GridEx Working Group, and Chair of the NBISE Smart Grid Cyber Security panel.

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Jason Dely

Jason Dely is an Industrial Control Systems (ICS) security consultant for Cylance Inc. with over 15 years of professional experience in ICS and Critical Infrastructure security initiatives and solutions spanning multiple industry verticals.  Jason is a leader and contributor in the management, consultation, assessment, planning, designing and implementation of a variety of ICS security and infrastructure projects across industries that include Water Utilities, Oil and Gas, Steel and Chemical.  Before joining Cylance, Jason worked for one of the world's largest ICS vendors where he contributed to clients his security knowledge and integration experiences across ICS and IT technologies.  Jason is frequently a speaker at various industry events and leverages his integration knowledge of securing ICS systems and their vulnerabilities to provide services and guidance to Cylance clients.  Dely is an Electronics Engineering Technologist and is a CISSP, CISM and SANS GIAC certified Exploit Researcher and Advanced Penetration Tester (GXPN).

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Paul A. Henry

Paul Henry is a Senior Instructor with the SANS Institute and one of the world's foremost global information security and computer forensic experts with more than 30 years of experience covering all 10 domains of network security. Paul began his career in critical infrastructure / process control supporting power generation and currently manages security initiatives and incident response for Global 2000 enterprises and government organizations worldwide.

Paul is a principal at vNet Security, LLC and is keeping a finger on the pulse of network security as the security and forensic analyst at Lumension Security and as a retained security expert for multiple financial and healthcare firms.

Throughout his career, Paul has played a key strategic role in launching new network security initiatives to meet our ever-changing threat landscape. Paul also advises and consults on some of the world's most challenging and high-risk information security projects, including the National Banking System in Saudi Arabia, the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Department of Defense's Satellite Data Project (USA), and both government as well as telecommunications projects throughout Southeast Asia.

Paul is frequently cited by major and trade print publications as an expert in perimeter security, incident response / computer forensics and general security trends and serves as an expert commentator for network broadcast outlets, such as FOX, NBC, CNN, and CNBC. In addition, Paul regularly authors thought leadership articles on technical security issues, and his expertise and insight help shape the editorial direction of key security publications, such as the Information Security Management Handbook, where he is a consistent contributor. Paul serves as a featured and keynote speaker at seminars and conferences worldwide, delivering presentations on diverse topics including anti-forensics, network access control, cyber crime, DDoS attack risk mitigation, perimeter security, and incident response.

Listen to Paul discuss "Incident Response and Forensics in the Cloud" in this SANS webcast that every DFIR professional should listen to.

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Billy Rios

Billy is an accomplished author and speaker. Billy is recognized as one of the world's most respected experts on emerging threats related to Industrial Control Systems (ICS), Critical Infrastructure (CI), and medical devices. He discovered thousands of security vulnerabilities in hardware and software supporting ICS and critical infrastructure. He has been publically credited by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) over 50 times for his support to the DHS ICS Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT).  

Billy is the Founder of WhiteScope LLC which is known as a leading provider of deep security research, world class advisory services, and innovative security solutions.  Prior to venturing into entrepreneurship, Billy served in a number of roles that demonstrated increasing responsibility and security expertise. 

As the Director of Vulnerability Research and Threat Intelligence with Qualys, Billy led the development of product offerings for vulnerability research, threat intelligence, ICS/SCADA, and embedded security. Before Qualys, Billy led the Google front-line response for externally reported security issues and incidents.  Prior to Google, Billy was the Security Program Manager at Internet Explorer (Microsoft).  During his time at Microsoft, Billy led the company's response for several high-profile incidents, including the response for Operation Aurora. Before Microsoft, Billy worked as a penetration tester, an intrusion detection analyst, and served as an active duty Marine Corps Officer.

Billy currently holds an MBA from Texas A&M University-Commerce and a Master of Science in Information Systems from Hawaii Pacific University.  He was a contributing author for several publications including: Hacking, the Next Generation (O'Reilly), Inside Cyber Warfare (O'Reilly), and The Virtual Battle Field (IOS Press).

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Kai Thomsen

Kai has been working in various IT Security roles for more than 15 years. Currently he is the DFIR lead at the premium automaker AUDI AG. Kai also designs and runs Red Team exercises at Audi that integrate IT, business, and physical aspects.

Before Audi he worked for more than 12 years at the engineering company SMS Group where he designed and implemented defensible LANs as well as running DFIR in traditional IT and ICS environments.

Kai holds an MA in Computer Science and English and American Literature.

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