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SANS Institute Shows Organizations How to Avoid Becoming the Next Victim of a Data Breach

Provides Insight into Why Data Breaches Occur and How to Stop Them

BETHESDA, Md., Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Target, Snapchat and Skype, if the start of the New Year is any indication, 2014 will be a busy year for data breaches. Despite spending millions of dollars and man hours on security, organizations are still being compromised. In response to industry demand for additional training on why attacks are occurring and how they can be stopped, SANS Institute has increased the number of SEC401 Security Essentials Training courses it will offer during 2014. SEC401 Security Essentials teaches organizations the right things that need to be done to keep them secure.

"Organizations are doing good things in terms of security, but not the right things. Good things will lay a solid foundation, whereas the right things will stop an organization from being headline news in the Wall Street Journal," states Dr. Eric Cole, Fellow and Cyber Defense Lead for the SANS Institute. "Organizations are not aligning their security with how the adversary compromises an organization. For security to be effective it must be aligned with the threat vectors that attackers are using to break in. SANS' SEC401 Security Essentials focuses on properly defending and detecting a variety of attack vectors."

SEC401 teaches individuals the essential skills and techniques needed to protect and secure an organization's critical information assets and business systems. Course author for SEC401 Security Essentials, Dr. Cole, will teach students all about risk-based security which includes how to assess an organization's risk, understand the priority of a risk, and the most cost-effective way of reducing the risk(s). Students will also learn how to build a security roadmap that can scale today and into the future.

SEC401 Security Essentials will be offered at SANS' top training events throughout the year. For those unable to travel, SEC401 Security Essentials will be available online this February via live simulcast in conjunction with SANS CyberCon Spring 2014. SANS CyberCon is a live online training event that meets in virtual classrooms, allowing students to interact directly with their classmates and instructors; no travel required.

Upcoming SEC401 Security Essentials Training opportunities include:

SANS Security East 2014
New Orleans, LA
Jan 20 - 25, 2014

SANS Phoenix/Scottsdale 2014
Scottsdale, AZ
Feb 17 - 22, 2014

SANS CyberCon Spring 2014
Feb 10 - 15, 2014

For more information on SEC401 Security Essentials, including a complete listing of events where the course will be offered, or to register for an upcoming course, please visit:

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)


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