SANS SEC464 Hacker Guard Training Coming to MOREnet

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Dates: February 25-26, 2014
Location: MOREnet - Columbia, Mo.

There are not enough well trained IT administrators and operations staff to meet the daily onslaught of cyber criminal and cyber terrorist activities. Sandia National Labs, NASA, and the State of Texas recently demonstrated that we can address this issue by leveraging the large number of IT admins within an organization to act as a hacker guard to help thwart many of these attacks. The goal is to have IT administrators in an organization serve as the first line of defense as human intrusion detectors.

This is an important challenge for organizations because perimeters are routinely being breached, and attackers often roam through networks for weeks or months on end, often without discovery. This new approach, pioneered by organizations such as Sandia Labs, NASA and the State of Texas, is a unique training program for IT operations and admins that teaches them how to:

  • Discover evidence of intruder activity
  • Demonstrate how to work effectively with their organization's security professionals and
  • Provide tools that they can put to work immediately

It's the first security program that is tuned directly to the interests of IT administrators and establishes a clear entry career path from a system admin to security professional.

Who should attend:

  • IT administrators who interact on a regular basis with their security team or with an auditor
  • Any IT operations staff or administrators who are curious about the things security teams require

Statement from Author of this Training Course - John Strand

Throughout the course of my career I have worked with many organizations where systems administrators feel that they are forced to take action on behalf of security or a compliance requirement. They have expressed concerns to me that they don't understand why they have to do certain security hardening activities. Worse, they feel like their own security team doesn't have a full understanding of why they do what they do on behalf of security.

This class is designed to help the systems and network administrators of an environment understand what it is that they need to do to meet security and audit requirements so they can get back to doing their job of keeping the environment running.


MOREnet Members: $1,200 per person - A promo code is needed before you register for this discounted rate! To request the promo code, send an email to
Non-Members: $1,980 per person

Lunch will be provided, as well as snacks and beverages for both morning and afternoon breaks.  

There is a minimum attendance requirement for this class to be held. Please register before Dec. 20, to reserve your seat and help MOREnet ensure this great training is available.

Learn more and register.