SANS Institute

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The SANS Institute, founded in 1989, 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.


SANS training

When originally organized in 1989[1], 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 can not 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

As of 2008 SANS has branched out into the SANS Technology Institute, a degree-granting educational organization based on SANS training. SANS continues to offer free security content via the SANS Technology Institute Leadership Lab at and IT/Security related leadership information at


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

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