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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.
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“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

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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.

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"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