SANS Institute

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The SANS Institute is a private U.S. company that specializes in internet security training. It was founded in 1989 and provides computer security training, professional certification through Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), and a research archive - the SANS Reading Room. It also operates the Internet Storm Center, an Internet monitoring system staffed by a global community of security practitioners. The trade name SANS (deriving from SysAdmin, Audit, Networking, and Security) belongs to the for-profit Escal Institute of Advanced Technologies.[1]

SANS training[edit]

When originally organized in 1989,[2] SANS Conferences functioned like traditional technical conferences showcasing technical presentations. By the mid-1990s, SANS evolved into a more commercial format offering events which combined training with tradeshows and vendor-oriented marketing. As of 2008 SANS offers computer and internet security courses in a variety of formats including a virtual classroom (SANS vLive), online training and assessments (SANS OnDemand) and live training via Community SANS, a Local Mentor Program, and the original Conference format. Free webcasts and email newsletters (@Risk, Newsbites, Ouch!) have been developed in conjunction with security vendors. The actual content behind SANS training courses and training events remain "vendor-agnostic." Vendors cannot pay to offer their own official SANS course, although they can teach a SANS "hosted" event via sponsorship.

Certifications related to SANS training courses are offered by SANS-operated GIAC.

SANS Technology Institute[edit]

As of 2008 SANS has branched out into the SANS Technology Institute (STI), a degree-granting educational organization based on SANS training. On November 21, 2013, SANS Technology Institute was granted full regional accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.[3]

SANS Technology Institute focuses exclusively on cybersecurity, with degree programs built on GIAC industry certifications.[3] SANS Technology Institute offers Master of Science degree programs in Information Security Engineering (MSISE) and Information Security Management (MSISM).

SANS continues to offer free security content via the SANS Technology Institute Leadership Lab [4] and IT/Security related leadership information.[5]


SANS instructors have contributed to many security-oriented books, such as:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "What is the SANS Institute?". SANS Frequently Asked Questions (faq): Security Training: General. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  2. ^ About SANS
  3. ^ a b SANS Technology Institute. "Accreditation". 
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