Cyber Security Research

Cyber Security Research

Highlights of Graduate Student Research

In addition to pursuing class and lab exercises, SANS master's program candidates are always conducting research. Here are some highlights of their recent findings. You can follow the links in each of the sections below to find a complete copy of their research paper, and you can visit the SANS Reading room to view these and other students' research results.


Research Papers

STI master's program candidates conduct research which is relevant, has real world impact, and which often provides cutting edge advancements to the field of cybersecurity knowledge, all under the guidance and review of our world class instructors. Here are some highlights of their recent findings.

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Leadership Essays

It is the mission of STI to produce leaders for the field of cybersecurity. Leadership is a sometimes amorphous concept, with definitions, styles, and applications that can of necessity shift over time and in different scenarios. Many organizations use management competencies - skills, knowledge, or abilities - related to leadership to assess leadership skills. These essays by STI students are devoted to the consideration of transformational leadership and management competences.

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Group Projects

Whether as a leader of processes, people, or both, STI graduates are regularly called upon to work in group settings, to analyze problems, and to present their findings and recommendation to technical and non-technical C-suite executives. Working with their peers, STI master's program candidates engage with time-sensitive scenarios based upon real-world issues to arrive at technical solutions which also take into account risk management and business practice realities. These presentations and executive summaries demonstrate the full range of research, technical analysis, leadership, and communication skills which our students master in their program.

Featured Group Project

  • Ransomware Response Project Plan
    By Phillip Bosco & Stephen Deck
    May 2016

    • In 2015 and 2016, ransomware attacks have drastically increased. The GIAC Enterprises information security team was engaged to provide controls to mitigate the risk of ransomware. This guide contains step-by-step instructions to implement these countermeasures.

      Download:  ransomware-response-project-plan.zip - 7.5MB

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Student Presentations

Experts who struggle to communicate well are often unable to optimize their impact upon their organization. STI master's program candidates not only learn advanced technical skills, but they also experience and learn how to communicate their insights and realizations to both technical and non-technical audiences. Here are some example presentations where our students share the results of their guided research.

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