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SANS Institute Wins the SC Magazine Award for Best Professional Training Program

BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SANS Institute is pleased to announce it has been selected as the Best Professional Training Program for the fourth time within the Professional Awards category of the 2014 SC Magazine Awards. Winners were announced February 25th at the SC Magazine Awards Gala held in conjunction with the annual RSA Conference in San Francisco.

The 2014 Professional Award winners were chosen by a panel of esteemed security professionals from the private and public sector, hand-picked by SC Magazine's editorial team for their information security leadership and knowledge. When determining the winner, the panel conducted in-depth analysis and considered many factors such as applicable research, analyst reports, and/or product reviews to narrow down the field of hundreds of submissions to just the top finalists. Through this comprehensive analysis the SANS Institute, was determined as this year's winner out of five finalists in this Professional Awards category.

SANS teaches specialized information security training to over 20,000 information security professionals each year. "This is where technology is going. Cutting-edge stuff. I'm never disappointed with SANS' courses and instructors," said Brian Houlihan with National Credit Union Administration. When describing his experience at a recent SANS training event, Don Lopez, with Valley National Bank, adds "This class gave me essential tools that I can immediately apply to protect my organization."

SANS Institute provides hands-on, intensive, immersion training designed to help students master the practical steps necessary for defending systems and networks. Courses are either job-based or skill-based and cover IT security, intrusion detection, incident handing, computer forensics, penetration testing, application security, secure coding, security management and IT audit. SANS' courses are offered in a live classroom environment or online via the Internet.

SANS also features a variety of free resources including, The Internet Storm Center (ISC) - an analysis and warning service for Internet users and organizations. Join SANS at SANSFIRE 2014, June 21-30, our unique annual 'ISC Powered' Event. For more than 10 years, the Internet Storm Center has been providing free analysis and warning to our community. Each evening during SANSFIRE 2014 ISC handlers from around the world will share riveting talks on their most interesting experiences and newest cyber hazards. Choose from more than thirty courses, an opportunity to meet ISC handlers in-person, and a thrilling NetWars challenge! For complete details regarding the SANSFIRE 2014 training event and to register, please visit: http://www.sans.org/info/153432

About SANS Institute
The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest source for world-class information security training and security certification in the world, offering over 50 training courses each year. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, is a certification body featuring over 27 hands-on, technical certifications in information security. SANS offers a myriad of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet's early warning system—the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to help the entire information security community. (www.SANS.org)

SOURCE SANS Institute

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