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Press Release - SANS Partner Series Oct 15-19 SEC504: Hacker Techniques

By Stephen Northcutt

The SANS Institute
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SANS Partners with the State of Texas to teach Hacker Techniques, Exploits and Incident Handling Training at a substantial reduction in cost
SANS Partnership program is open to States, Law Enforcement, or Educational Institutions

Brian Corriea, Director of Business Development announced this partnership deal with the State of Texas. According to Corriea, students in the Texas program will have the opportunity to get SANS training at better than 65% off catalog pricing. The course, Security 504: Hacker Techniques, Exploits and Incident Handling will be offered in Austin on October 15-19. For more details see the State of Texas web site:

Corriea goes on to mention, if a student plans to register, they should do so by Wednesday, September 19. If SANS and Texas have not received sufficient registrations by that date, we will have to cancel this event.

For more information about the course, SECURITY 504: Hacker Techniques, Exploits and Incident Handling please see the SANS Institute URL:

The course is popular with students, according to Aleksandar Kamber, Citigroup, "I was amazed at the instructor's in-depth knowledge of certain areas which I believed I was proficient in. Detailed explanations were given for security exploits from the kernel level all the way up to web applications. Highly recommended even to guru programmers."

According to the course's author Ed Skoudis, "Security 504 provides the skills needed to detect, block, and respond to real-world attacks ripped from the latest headlines. It also covers the skills and tools needed to conduct vulnerability assessments, so security pros can find vulnerabilities before the bad guys do. It's a compelling combination - incident handling and hacker attacks rolled together in an exciting course."

What is particularly unique about this course offering, according to Corriea, is the pricing: SANS Partnership Series is an important way of delivering essential information security training at significant savings. And price really is an important issue for the target audience of the Partnership series, one former partner, Randy Raw, Manager, Network Security, University of Missouri, said, "The OnSite program allowed many of our members to attend that have had restrictions on out-of-state travel. Additionally, all who attended appreciated the lower cost of hotel and other amenities compared to the larger cities where SANS events are hosted." The price for the upcoming class in Texas is $1150, about 1/3 of SANS regular pricing. You are eligible for this price if you are:
  • An employee of a state or local agency
  • A member of law enforcement at the state or local level
  • A faculty or staff member from an accredited educational institution, including colleges, universities, technical training institutes, K-12 schools or any institution with a .edu domain name
Corriea adds that you don't have to be in Texas, you simply have to meet the above criteria. And, if you do not meet the above criteria, you may still attend these classes for a tuition fee of $3445.

To register for SANS Security 504 in Austin, please visit Remember - we need your registration by September 19 to make sure this event is a success.

SANS is the most trusted and by far the largest source for information security training and certification in the world. It also develops, maintains, and makes available at no cost, the largest collection of research documents about various aspects of information security, and it operates the Internet's early warning system - Internet Storm Center. SANS also sponsored the creation of GIAC,, a leading industry security certification. The SANS (SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security) Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Its programs now reach more than 165,000 security professionals around the world. A range of individuals from auditors and network administrators, to chief information security officers are sharing the lessons they learn and are jointly finding solutions to the challenges they face. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners in varied global organizations, from corporations to universities, working together to help the entire information security community.

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