I was offered the opportunity to lead mentoring for SANS Hacker Techniques, Exploits & Incident Handling (SEC-504), here in Sydney, and I leapt at the chance!
I love this course and it helped me reach a deeper understanding a number of aspects of my role as the IT security person charged with incident response and give me the real world, practical skills and tools you need to do this job.
Why SANS Mentor Training?
The SANS Mentor classes are a great training option, in my opinion, for several reasons:
The material is covered over a 10 week period which provides lots of time for you to read on your own time and come back to the mentor meetings with questions and get answers. This helps to digest the massive amount of material in smaller, manageable doses. We study 2 or 3 modules each week and that material can be applied immediately on the job.
The cost is significantly reduced. the cost is lower than any other form of SANS training making it very accessible to those who are budget constrained – which these days is many of us. There is an automatic 25% price reduction from the cost of courses delivered at the conferences. There is no travel or accommodations, so that massive saving in costs. And finally, I can generally offer an additional discount if you contact me prior to registration.
Don’t overlook this one. When you are in the 6-day conference courses, you definitely get a change to meet others, talk about your experiences and issues in the field, and maybe even keep in touch via email. But when meeting for 10 weekly classes with your peers in the same community, that networking experience is enhanced significantly. You have the chance to really get to know the others in the class by the shared experiences, work through the material and bounce ideas of each other; that’s a great benefit to being part of a local Mentor class.
Class sizes are typically small – much smaller than what you would find at a SANS conference, which means we can focus more closely on those areas which are difficult for the group
You get all the same material as you would from the conference course, including the same books, CDs, and even audio files of the full 6-day course lectures.
Hopefully this gives you an idea of why I think the SANS Mentor classes are a terrific training option. If you live in the Sydney area and are interested in attending SANS classes, please do contact me to get more details!
Free free to e-mail me with any questions, or visit the course website here:
A great guy and friend Wouter, managed to get a room in Sydney’s CBD to hold the training. It’s easy to get to, has parking nearby.
Mentor training location details
Dates: Thursday, June 2, 2011 – Thursday, August 4, 2011
Meeting Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Ernst & Young Centre
680 George Street
Sydney, Australia 2000
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