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Why SANS

SANS Institute is recognised as the global leader in computer and information security training. Founded in 1989 - as a cooperative research and education organisation - SANS programmes now reach more than 200,000 security professionals each week.

SANS provides:

  • Intense, hands on, technical IT security training - Current and practical.
  • World class Instructors - Global experts, practitioners and teachers.
  • Broad curriculum - Specialist training, beginner to advanced levels.
  • Multiple delivery options - Training Events, Online and Private classes.
  • Certification - Many courses aligned to GIAC.
  • Bespoke training solutions - Large-scale training programmes delivered by SANS experts.

We offer over 60 courses and work with top FTSE companies, government agencies and global enterprises.

In addition to providing the best quality security training, SANS is dedicated to helping keep the internet safe. We operate the Internet Storm Centre - a globally recognised initiative dedicated as an early threat warning through detection, analysis and sharing intelligence.

SANS also hosts the world's largest online library of security whitepapers and educational articles in SANS' Reading Room.

Quality Learning Experience

SANS Training is designed to help organisations and their staff master the practical skills necessary to defend systems and networks from today's biggest threats.

Training is intensive, immersive and often built around hands-on lab work.

Courses are developed through a consensus process involving administrators, security managers and information security professionals. They address granular security fundamentals, security awareness and in-depth technical aspects of security.

SANS Courses are regularly and rigorously updated by our security experts. The threat landscape and attack vectors are ever changing and so our training evolves and develops.

Additionally SANS provides extensive study resources. Students can expect quality textbooks and a broad range of digital resources during training.

All SANS Courses are primarily taught in English, or in French and Spanish if attending a training session in those territories. Whatever the language, SANS promises complete technical consistency.

SANS Training has been created with the practical needs of the student in mind. Students can deploy what they've learned immediately upon returning to the office. That is the SANS promise.

World Class Teaching

As a cyber security training provider SANS is unrivalled. SANS Instructors are practicing cyber security professionals. They work in senior positions or as consultants for government agencies, corporations, military bodies and universities.

Instructors work in areas such as Cyber Defence, Pen Testing, DFIR, Management, Software Security, IT Audit and ICS. Many are technically astute chief information security officers.

SANS Instructors invest hundreds of hours each year researching, teaching, and sharing information within the security community.

To find the best Instructors for each curriculum, SANS runs a continuous trial. Each year thousands of cyber security professionals apply to become a SANS Instructor.

Typically only two or three potential new Instructors are selected for consideration each year. The Instructor interview and training process itself can take two years or more.

Training Delivery

SANS recognises that organisations and people are different. As such we have created several different routes to receiving SANS training.

These include:

  • Training Events - SANS regularly hosts Training Events where SANS Courses are provided in a classroom environment, in conveniently located training venues. All training is delivered by SANS Instructors, in person.
  • Private Training - For organisations needing to train 25 or more employees, we can bring SANS' world-class training directly into an organisation's office or HQ.
  • Online Training - Students can learn at their own pace and in their own time by taking SANS Courses Online via a computer or tablet.

Get Certified

Many SANS Training Courses are aligned with GIAC certification. If your organisation or career requires security certification, GIAC offers over 20 specialised certifications in Cyber Defence, DFIR, Penetration Testing, Software Security, IT Audit, Management and ICS.


"SANS courses are very comprehensive and well run. Really enjoy the content."

Michael Daley (Cardiff University)

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