What makes a SANS Technology Institute education different?
The SANS Technology Institute prepares the next generation of cybersecurity professionals for what they will face in the field. Our programs are distinguished by our world-class faculty; our emphasis on hands-on learning in SANS courses that are continually updated for real-world relevance, most of which lead to industry-recognized GIAC certifications; our innovative live and online course delivery options; and the proven success of our alumni. Cybersecurity is all we teach and nobody does it better.
Master's Degree Program
The Master of Science degree program in Information Security Engineering prepares working InfoSec and IT professionals to take their careers to the highest levels through a comprehensive curriculum focused on both technical mastery and the development of essential leadership and communication skills. Rigorous, challenging, and rewarding, the master's degree program helps students develop their reputation in the industry by providing opportunities for their student research to be published in online resources including the SANS Reading Room and the information security policy project.
The constantly increasing threat of cybercrime on e-commerce and e-government has led to a growing need for leaders with a master's degree in cybersecurity, who can provide both technical and managerial expertise. Our degree candidates gain these skills guided by a world-class faculty of working practitioners, many of whom hold Ph.D. and Master's degrees from institutions like MIT, Carnegie Mellon, and Harvard Business School and have written books used by other security programs.
Graduate Certificate Programs
The SANS Technology Institute's post-baccalaureate certificate programs were designed with two audiences in mind. The graduate certificate in Cybersecurity Engineering (Core) was developed for working information professionals who are unable to engage in the full master's program in Information Security Engineering, but who would benefit from taking all three of the technical graduate courses at the core of the master's program.
For working InfoSec and IT professionals who have an established technical base and seek to deepen their capabilities in specialized areas of InfoSec, the college offers highly technical, hands-on graduate certificate programs in Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking, Incident Response, Industrial Control Systems Security, and Cyber Defense Operations.
Undergraduate Certificate Program
The SANS Technology Institute's undergraduate certificate program in Applied Cybersecurity was designed for college students and career changers who want a rapid pathway to joining the cyber workforce. No prior cyber experience is required for this program, but applicants must have completed at least two years of college.
Designed and taught by industry leaders, our undergraduate program provides the knowledge, tools, and techniques needed to launch a cybersecurity career. In hands-on courses, our students investigate issues that affect complex and interconnected IT systems, learn to combat common threats to valuable data, and emerge with hands-on skills employers are seeking.
SANS Institute Background
SANS Institute is the most trusted and by far the largest source for information security training and certification in the world. It also develops, maintains, and makes available at no cost, the largest collection of research documents about various aspects of information security, and it operates the Internet's early warning system - Internet Storm Center. The SANS (SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security) Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Its programs now reach more than 165,000 security professionals, auditors, system administrators, network administrators, chief information security officers, and CIOs who share the lessons they are learning and jointly find solutions to the challenges they face. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners in government agencies, corporations, and universities around the world who invest hundreds of hours each year in research and teaching to help the entire information security community. With online and live course options - and the best faculty in the business - SANS is ideally suited to help you launch or advance your career in cybersecurity.
Earn industry-recognized GIAC certifications throughout each program that validate your skillset.
Choose from a variety of online and live course delivery options to fit your life and how you like to learn.
Study with rock stars of the cybersecurity field who are some of the world's best instructor-practitioners.
A Strong Network
Join a network of professionals that Joshua Lewis, MSISE '18 and VP of Threat Intelligence & Incident Response at Umpqua Bank, calls "some of the most talented students and teachers in the industry."
If you look closely at a number of colleges that offer graduate or undergraduate programs in information security, you will realize security is just one more thing that institution offers. The Department Chair often is also the Dean of the Business School or some similar split responsibility. The faculty do not have "street cred."
The SANS Technology Institute offers a program our auditors called "laser-focused." Cybersecurity is our craft and our driving passion. Our college provides security professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to improve the security of information throughout the world -- and we offer a rapid pathway to the cyber workforce for undergraduate students and career changers who are new to the field. Our students and faculty form a community of engaged practitioners that lasts long past graduation.
The research section of our website showcases papers, publications, and presentations completed by our graduate students. Our master's degree program teaches research, leadership, and strong technical communication skills by modeling these core competencies consistently. Our master's degree program is rigorous and challenging, but also rewarding -- and our graduates tell us time and again that earning a SANS degree was the turning point for their career. Many of our graduates become SANS instructors, SANS courseware authors, GIAC exam developers, researchers and incident handlers with the Internet Storm Center. This is who we are. This is our value proposition.
Relationship of the SANS Technology Institute, the SANS Institute, and GIAC
SANS Institute, GIAC, and The SANS Technology Institute each operate under a trading name, has its own mission, and its own board of directors.
The mission of The SANS Institute is to foster original research in information security using a community-oriented consensus approach and codify the results of that work into high-quality educational material, and then teach the knowledge with excellence.
The mission of GIAC is to assess and prove the student has mastered the material and has the knowledge to accomplish tasks in a specific skill knowledge domain such as intrusion detection, or perimeter protection.
The SANS Technology Institute is a college that was founded in 2006 as an independent subsidiary of the SANS Institute and as a sister company to GIAC. The SANS Technology Institute has its own independent board, staff, and faculty, and offers graduate programs designed to develop and advance the careers of information security professionals and an undergraduate program for college students and career changers who want to enter the cybersecurity field. The college's programs are built on SANS classes taught by SANS faculty (who are all SANS Certified Instructors) and industry-recognized GIAC exams that validate their learning.
Course Delivery Options
Flexible options to meet your schedule
Your mind has no borders. Why should your college? Our live and online course options are designed to fit your life and how you like to learn.
Live, Immersive Instruction
Attend immersive weeklong courses held across the country and around the world throughout the year. Meet fellow students and instructors in person and have the chance to attend special events, NetWars, vendor presentations, and more.
Online, self-paced instruction optimizes flexibility, allowing you to learn at your own pace from home or work.
Log in twice weekly for two months, meet with your class and instructor in an interactive, virtual classroom.
This online option lets you experience a live SANS event — 6 days of interactive daytime sessions — from the convenience of your own computer.
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