Cyber Security Research

Students in our bachelor’s and master’s degree programs conduct research that makes a meaningful contribution to the body of cybersecurity knowledge. SANS.edu is proud to be an NSA Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.

Explore Published Research by SANS.edu Graduate Students

View published research by SANS.edu master's degree students in the SANS Technology Institute Research Review Journal. Learn from the findings of students who are addressing the challenges they face as cybersecurity professionals.


“I was surprised by how many attacks/port scans I encountered so soon after setting up the honeypot for my internship. Doing research on them has given me a deeper understanding of a variety of attacks and made me more confident in my ability to defend my own network." – Josh Levine

Megan Roddie

Megan Roddie

Master of Science in Information Security Engineering

Megan Roddie’s presentation of her well received master’s degree research paper Automating Google Workspace Incident Response at the SANS DFIR Summit led to an invitation to join the authors of the popular SANS course FOR509: Enterprise Cloud Forensics and Incident Response as a co-author. Her work developing labs for the course gives students realistic, practical hands-on experiences that allow them to approach real-life incidents more effectively.

Quantifying Threat Actor Assessments | STAR Webcast

Andy Piazza, Chief Evangelist at phia LLC and a SANS.edu master’s student, discusses his research on quantifying threat assessments in this STAR Webcast with SANS Certified Instructor and Principal Intelligence Analyst for Red Canary Katie Nickels.


"I receive compliments from senior leadership when I present — all directly related to feedback I received from my SANS faculty research advisors. When SANS.edu advertises that the program changes careers, this is a concrete example — it's the best graduate program on the planet." - Jim Horwath, Director of Security Engineering, Guardian Life



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