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.

“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


Cybersecurity Research Papers

In addition to pursuing class and lab exercises, SANS master's degree candidates conduct faculty-guided research, write and publish their work, and present their findings in webcasts.

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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