SANS penetration testing instructors are some of the most noted experts in the field of penetration testing, masters of serious black arts dedicated to helping the world improve its security practices. Each is a real-world practitioner who specializes in the subjects they teach. Their instruction is soaked through with their real-world experience in the methods that they teach, the examples they've lived, the stories they share, all wrapped up in their excitement in the course material.
All of our instructors undergo rigorous training and evaluation before earning the much coveted "SANS Certified Instructor" status. This grueling process helps us guarantee that what you learn in class will be up-to-date and directly relevant to your job, providing you with skills that you can use the day that you return to work
Steve began working in the security arena in 1994 whilst serving in the UK Royal Air Force. He specialized in the technical aspects of IT security from 1997 onward, and before retiring from active duty, he lead the RAF's penetration and TEMPEST testing teams. He founded Logically Secure in 2006 to provide specialist security advice to government departments, defense contractors, the online video gaming industry, and both music and film labels worldwide.
When not teaching for SANS, Steve provides penetration testing and incident response services for some of the biggest household names in gaming and music media. To relax Steve enjoys playing Battlefield to loud music and developing collaborative DFIR tools.
Steve Armstrong's energy is contagious. Although the day was long, I felt alert and engaged at all times. - Amr Zakaa Khalife, Vodafone Egypt
Mark Baggett is the owner of Indepth Defense, an independent consulting firm that offers incident response and penetration testing services. He has served in a variety of roles from software developer to Chief Information Security Officer. Mark is the author of SANS Python for Penetration testers course (SEC573) and the pyWars gaming environment. Mark teaches several classes in SANS Penetration Testing curriculum including SEC504 (Incident Handing), SEC560 (Penetration Testing) and his Python course. Mark is very active in the information security community. Mark is the founding president of The Greater Augusta ISSA (Information Systems Security Association) chapter which has been extremely successful in bringing networking and educational opportunities to Augusta Information Technology workers. As part of the Pauldotcom Team, Mark generates blog content for the "pauldotcom.com" podcast . In January 2011, Mark assumed a new role as the Technical Advisor to the DoD for SANS. Today he assists various government branches in the development of information security training programs.
Mark's teaching style is very relevant and sets an atmosphere where you are excited to learn. - Jeff Turner, Lexis Nexis Risk Solutions
George Bakos has been interested in computer security since the early 1980s when he discovered the joys of BBSs and corporate databases. These days he is Technical Fellow & Manager of Cyber Threat Assessment & Awareness at Northrop Grumman, a global leader in Cybersecurity, Aerospace & Defense. While at the Institute for Security Technology Studies, George was the developer of Tiny Honeypot and the IDABench intrusion analysis system and led the Dartmouth Distributed Honeynet System, fielding deception systems and studying the actions of attackers worldwide. He developed and taught the U.S. Army National Guard's CERT technical curriculum and ran the NGB's Information Operations Training and Development Center research lab for two years, fielding and supporting Computer Emergency Response Teams throughout the United States. A recognized authority in computer security, he has contributed to numerous books and open source software projects; has been interviewed on radio, television, and online publications; briefed the highest levels of government; and has been a member of the SANS Institute teaching faculty since 2001. Outside the lab, George enjoys the beauties of his home state, Vermont, through skiing, ice and rock climbing, and mountain biking.
George teaches you practical skills and provides real-world examples of IT security issues. - Mark Lian, Northrop Grumman
SANS Principal Instructor Eric Conrad is lead author of the book The CISSP Study Guide. Eric's career began in 1991 as a UNIX systems administrator for a small oceanographic communications company. He gained information security experience in a variety of industries, including research, education, power, Internet, and health care. He is now president of Backshore Communications, a company focusing on intrusion detection, incident handling, information warfare, and penetration testing. He is a graduate of the SANS Technology Institute with a master of science degree in information security engineering. In addition to the CISSP, he holds the prestigious GIAC Security Expert (GSE) certification as well as the GIAC GPEN, GCIH, GCIA, GCFA, GAWN, and GSEC certifications. Eric also blogs about information security at www.ericconrad.com.
Eric is fantastic and does an excellent job relating the material to real-life examples. - Robby Croft, Brown Foreman
Mr. Crowley has 15 years of industry experience managing and securing networks. He currently works as an independent consultant in the Washington, DC area. His work experience includes penetration testing, computer network defense, incident response, and forensic analysis.
Mr. Crowley is the course author for SANS Management 535 - Incident Response Team Management and holds the GSEC, GCIA, GCIH (gold), GCFA, GPEN, GREM, GMOB, and CISSP certifications. His teaching experience includes SEC401, SEC503, SEC504, SEC560, SEC575, SEC580, FOR585, and MGT535; Apache web server administration and configuration; and shell programming. He was awarded the SANS 2009 Local Mentor of the year award. "The Mentor of the Year Award is given to SANS Mentors who excel in leading SANS Mentor Training classes in their local communities."
Chris really knew his stuff and presented ideas that made me change my mind on some policies and configs we employ. - William Jeskey, Tarrant County College
Pieter Danhieux is a certified instructor for the SANS Institute, teaching military, government, and private organizations offensive techniques on how to target and assess organizations, systems, and individuals for security weaknesses. He is also one of the founders of the security and hacking conference BRUCON in Belgium, where he has designed and run cyber-intrusion exercises (The Hex Factor) across Europe since 2009 together with a group of talented people.
Pieter has more than 10 years of experience in the cyber security space. He was one of the youngest persons ever in Belgium to obtain the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification. He then obtained the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and the GIAC Certified Forensics Analyst program (GCFA) and is currently one of the select few people worldwide to hold the GIAC Security Expert (GSE) certification.
He currently works at BAE Systems Detica, an information intelligence company. Before that, Pieter worked for seven years at Ernst & Young in Europe and Oceania as one of their information security experts running a team of attack and penetration resources operating in the financial industry and telecommunication space.
SANS is by far the best hands-on training. Peter is very knowledgeable and knows how to transfer that to students. - Rob Brabers, Sincerus
Kevin Fiscus is the founder of and lead consultant for Cyber Defense Advisors where he performs security and risk assessments, vulnerability and penetration testing, security program design, policy development and security awareness with a focus on serving the needs of small and mid-sized organizations. Kevin has over 20 years of IT experience and has focused exclusively on information security for the past 12. Kevin currently holds the CISA, GPEN, GREM, GCFA-Gold, GCIA-Gold, GCIH, GAWN, GCWN, GCSC-Gold, GSEC, SCSA, RCSE, and SnortCP certifications and is proud to have earned the top information security certification in the industry, the GIAC Security Expert. Kevin has also achieved the distinctive title of SANS Cyber Guardian for both red team and blue team. Kevin has taught many of SANS most popular classes including SEC401, SEC464, SEC504, SEC542, SEC560, SEC575, FOR508, and MGT414. In addition to his security work, he is a proud husband and father of two children.
You can reach Kevin on Twitter @kevinbfiscus or on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinbfiscus.
Kevin Fiscus is one of the best instructors I have seen! Great find SANS! - David Hoid, Employers Holdings
"The world isn't run by weapons anymore, or energy, or money. It's run by little ones and zeroes, little bits of data. It's all just electrons." -- Cosmo, from "Sneakers"
As a contributing author of the internationally bestselling book Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions, Bryce helped bring the secret world of hacking out of the darkness and into the public eye. Bryce has held security positions at global ISPs and Fortune 500 companies, he was a member of Foundstone's renowned penetration testing team and served as a senior instructor and co-author of Foundstone's Ultimate Hacking: Hands-On course series. Bryce is currently the owner of Layered Security where he provides specialized vulnerability assessment and penetration testing services for clients. He teaches several of the SANS Institute's most popular courses and develops curriculum around current topics. He has taught the art of ethical hacking and countermeasures to thousands of IT professionals from a who's who of top companies, financial institutions, and government agencies around the globe. Bryce is an active member of several security-related organizations, he holds several security certifications and speaks at conferences around the world.
Bryce is an excellent instructor. His knowledge and delivery are exceptional. - Chris Shipp, DM Petroleum Operations Co.
Director, EMEA at SANS and Director of Technology Strategy at security firm Sophos. James comes from a background in cryptography but over the years has worked in a wide variety of security problem domains including anti-malware and hacking. James spent many years as a hands-on analyst dealing with deep technical issues and is a self-professed "massive geek". Eventually James escaped dark rooms and learned some social skills, and today is a keen presenter at conferences and industry events. With a wide range of experience working in a technical and a strategic capacity from incident response to forensics with some of the world's largest and most paranoid organisations James participates in industry panels, policy groups, and is a frequently-called-upon expert advisor all over the world. James is a frequent guest lecturer and often appears in the media including national TV. As a young spokesperson for the industry James is extremely passionate about talent development and participates in initiatives to identify new talent for the industry and to develop it. Ask James to show you his best geek party trick.
James Lyne made this course a tremendous experience. James made it his personal mission to make sure he carried everyone with him no matter what their skill level is. Outstanding! - S. Khan, EADS-NA
Seth Misenar is a SANS Principal Instructor and also serves as lead consultant and founder of Jackson, Mississippi-based Context Security, which provides information security though leadership, independent research, and security training. Seth's background includes network and Web application penetration testing, vulnerability assessment, regulatory compliance efforts, security architecture design, and general security consulting. He has previously served as both physical and network security consultant for Fortune 100 companies as well as the HIPAA and information security officer for a state government agency.
Prior to becoming a security geek, Seth received a BS in philosophy from Millsaps College, where he was twice selected for a Ford Teaching Fellowship. Also, Seth is no stranger to certifications and thus far has achieved credentials which include, but are not limited to, the following: CISSP, GPEN, GWAPT, GSEC, GCIA, GCIH, GCWN, GCFA, and MCSE.
Beyond his security consulting practice, Seth is a regular instructor for SANS. He teaches numerous SANS classes, including SEC401: SANS Security Essentials Bootcamp Style, SEC504: Hacker Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling, and SEC542: Web App Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking. Seth has also served as both an OnDemand Subject Matter Expert and a technical director for SANS OnDemand, the online course delivery arm of the SANS Institute.
Seth's enthusiasm makes the class work very well. His knowledge is amazing and will certainly be taken back to work with me! - Kevin Cowell, BT
Mike is a founder and senior security analyst for the DC firm InGuardians, Inc. In the past he has worked for Sourcefire as a research engineer and for SANS leading their intrusion analysis team. As a consultant, Mike conducts incident response, breach analysis, penetration tests, vulnerability assessments, security audits, and architecture reviews. His primary job focus, however, is in intrusion detection, response, and mitigation. Mike currently holds the GCIA certification and is an expert in network engineering and systems and network and Web administration. Mike is an author of the international best selling Snort series of books from Syngress, a member of the Honeynet Project, and a handler for the SANS Internet Storm Center.
Mike respects what we are here for and doesn't rush us out. He takes the time to explain problem areas. - Aaron Didier, Motorola Solutions
Justin Searle is a Managing Partner of UtiliSec, specializing in Smart Grid security architecture design and penetration testing. Justin led the Smart Grid Security Architecture group in the creation of NIST Interagency Report 7628 and played key roles in the Advanced Security Acceleration Project for the Smart Grid (ASAP-SG). He currently leads the testing group at the National Electric Sector Cybersecurity Organization Resources (NESCOR). Justin has taught courses in hacking techniques, forensics, networking, and intrusion detection for multiple universities, corporations, and security conferences. Mr. Searle is currently a certified instructor for the SANS Institute. In addition to electric power industry conferences, Justin frequently presents at top international security conferences such as Black Hat, DEFCON, OWASP, Nullcon, and AusCERT. Justin co-leads prominent open source projects including the Samurai Web Testing Framework (SamuraiWTF), the Samurai Security Testing Framework for Utilities (SamuraiSTFU), Middler, Yokoso!, and Laudanum. Justin has an MBA in International Technology and is a CISSP and SANS GIAC certified Incident Handler (GCIH), Intrusion Analyst (GCIA), and Web Application Penetration Tester (GWAPT).
Dave Shackleford is the owner and principal consultant of Voodoo Security and a SANS analyst, senior instructor, and course author. He has consulted with hundreds of organizations in the areas of security, regulatory compliance, and network architecture and engineering, and is a VMware vExpert with extensive experience designing and configuring secure virtualized infrastructures. He has previously worked as CSO for Configuresoft, CTO for the Center for Internet Security, and as a security architect, analyst, and manager for several Fortune 500 companies. Dave is the author of the Sybex book Virtualization Security:
Protecting Virtualized Environments, as well as the coauthor of Hands-On Information Security from Course Technology. Recently Dave coauthored the first published course on virtualization security for the SANS Institute. Dave currently serves on the board of directors at the SANS Technology Institute and helps lead the Atlanta chapter of the Cloud Security Alliance.
Dave knows his stuff and explains the material in an easy-to-understand way. - Jonathan O'Neal, Monster.com
James has over 15 years' experience in IT. He is a SANS certified instructor and is one of the first certified GSE-Malware experts. He graduated with a BS in computer science from the University of Idaho. James is a founder and active consultant for Bluenotch Corporation, which focuses on investigations, penetration testing, and analysis. He develops applications and appliances for broadcast radio, Internet, and satellite devices. James also contributes to the FreeBSD project and is a port maintainer. He presents at various security and IT conferences, is a courseware contributor, and is actively involved in the COINS program.
Raul Siles is founder and senior security analyst at DinoSec. For over a decade, he has applied his expertise performing advanced technical security services and innovating offensive and defensive solutions for large enterprises and organisations in various industries worldwide. He has been involved in security architecture design and reviews, penetration tests, incident handling, intrusion and forensic analysis, security assessments and vulnerability disclosure, web applications, mobile and wireless environments, and security research in new technologies. Throughout his career, starting with a strong technical background in networks, systems and applications in mission critical environments, he has worked as an information security expert, engineer, researcher and penetration tester at Hewlett Packard, as an independent consultant, and on his own companies, Taddong and DinoSec.
Raul is a certified instructor for the SANS Institute, regularly teaching penetration testing courses. He is an active speaker at international security conferences and events, such as RootedCON, Black Hat, OWASP, BruCON, etc. Mr. Siles is author of security training courses, blogs, books, articles, and tools, and actively contributes to community and open-source projects. He loves security challenges, and has been a member of international organisations, such as the Honeynet Project or the SANS Internet Storm Center. Raul is one of the few individuals worldwide who have earned the GIAC Security Expert (GSE) designation, as well as many other certifications. Raul holds a master's degree in computer science from UPM (Spain) and a postgraduate in security and e-commerce.
Raul is a top bloke, absolute genius, would recommend the course based on his teaching skills alone!! - Nic Trujillo, VM
Stephen Sims is an industry expert with over 15 years of experience in information technology and security. Stephen currently works out of San Francisco as a consultant performing reverse engineering, exploit development, threat modeling, and penetration testing. Stephen has an MS in information assurance from Norwich University and is a course author and senior instructor for the SANS Institute. He is the author of SANS' only 700-level course, SEC760: Advanced Exploit Development for Penetration Testers, which concentrates on complex heap overflows, patch diffing, and client-side exploits. Stephen is also the lead author on SEC660: Advanced Penetration Testing, Exploits, and Ethical Hacking. He holds the GIAC Security Expert (GSE) certification as well as the CISSP, CISA, Immunity NOP, and many other certifications. In his spare time Stephen enjoys snowboarding and writing music.
Looking at everything I have learned from Stephen, I definitely feel I have gained an edge when it comes to the augmentation of my pentest skills. He made the impossible understandable and I am grateful for that. - Alexander Cobblah, Booz Allen Hamilton
Ed Skoudis is the founder of Counter Hack, an innovative organization that designs, builds, and operates popular infosec challenges and simulations including CyberCity, NetWars, Cyber Quests, and Cyber Foundations. As director of the CyberCity project, Ed oversees the development of missions which help train cyber warriors in how to defend the kinetic assets of a physical, miniaturized city. Ed's expertise includes hacker attacks and defenses, incident response, and malware analysis, with over fifteen years of experience in information security. Ed authored and regularly teaches the SANS courses on network penetration testing (Security 560) and incident response (Security 504), helping over three thousand information security professionals each year improve their skills and abilities to defend their networks. He has performed numerous security assessments; conducted exhaustive anti-virus, anti-spyware, Virtual Machine, and IPS research; and responded to computer attacks for clients in government, military, financial, high technology, healthcare, and other industries. Previously, Ed served as a security consultant with InGuardians, International Network Services (INS), Global Integrity, Predictive Systems, SAIC, and Bell Communications Research (Bellcore). Ed also blogs about command line tips and penetration testing.
Ed Skoudis successfully combines expertise, real-world experiences, and even humor to deliver an incredibly effective learning experience... Thank you! - George Huang, Nationwide Insurance
John Strand is a senior instructor with the SANS Institute. He teaches SEC504: Hacker Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling; SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking; SEC580: Metasploit Kung Fu for Enterprise Pen Testing; and SEC464: Hacker Guard: Security Baseline Training for IT Administrators and Operations with Continuing Education. John is the course author for SEC464: Hacker Guard: Security Baseline Training for IT Administrators and Operations with Continuing Education and the co-author for SEC580: Metasploit Kung Fu for Enterprise Pen Testing.
When not teaching for SANS, John co-hosts PaulDotCom Security Weekly, the world's largest computer security podcast. He is also the owner of Black Hills Information Security, specializing in penetration testing and security architecture services. He has presented for the FBI, NASA, the NSA, and at DefCon. In his spare time he writes loud rock music and makes various futile attempts at fly-fishing.
Very informative! Mr. John Strand's experience shared through narrative brings course material to life. - Christopher Wilson, USAF
Arrigo Triulzi, trained in Pure Mathematics, holds an MSc in Mathematical Computation from Queen Mary, University of London, and is working towards a PhD in Algebraic Computation. He is co-founder and Chief Security Officer of K2 Defender Limited, a bespoke high-end IDS solutions provider. Arrigo is also a free-lance consultant in IT Security with particular expertise in secure network design, network security analysis, and incident handling. He is also the administrator of the IDS Europe mailing list. Having worked with both popular and less common flavours of Unix he is comfortable working in any heterogeneous networking environment and his knowledge also includes esoteric operating systems such as Guardian/NSK. Arrigo is co-inventor in an EU patent for a high-performance distributed IDS design, and has written on a variety of security topics. Recent work includes web research into IDS deployment on IPv6, firewall verification using IDS, and distributed concept virii. Arrigo is also a certified instructor for the SANS Institute.
Johannes Ullrich, Ph.D.
As Dean of Research for the SANS Technology Institute, Johannes is currently responsible for the SANS Internet Storm Center (ISC) and the GIAC Gold program. He founded DShield.org in 2000, which is now the data collection engine behind the ISC. His work with the ISC has been widely recognized, and in 2004, Network World named him one of the 50 most powerful people in the networking industry. Prior to working for SANS, Johannes worked as a lead support engineer for a web development company and as a research physicist. Johannes holds a PhD in Physics from SUNY Albany and is located in Jacksonville, Florida. His daily podcast summarizes current security news in a concise format.
Johannes has an excellent teaching approach and did a great job of fighting the brain overload later in the day. - Brad Meyers, Molina Healthcare
Joshua Wright is a senior technical analyst with Counter Hack, a company devoted to the development of information security challenges for education, evaluation, and competition. Through his experiences as a penetration tester, Josh has worked with hundreds of organizations on attacking and defending mobile devices and wireless systems, ethically disclosing significant product and protocol security weaknesses to well-known organizations. As an open-source software advocate, Josh has conducted cutting-edge research resulting in several software tools that are commonly used to evaluate the security of widely deployed technology targeting WiFi, Bluetooth, and ZigBee wireless systems, smart grid deployments, and the Android and Apple iOS mobile device platforms. As the technical lead of the innovative CyberCity, Josh also oversees and manages the development of critical training and educational missions cyber warriors in the US military, government agencies, and critical infrastructure providers.
Joshua's teaching style is phenomenal. He's very engaging, and does a great job of promoting discussions without getting too far off on a tangent. - Jeremy Erickson, Sandia National Labs