SANS.edu | Student Profiles

SANS.edu | Student Profiles

Success Stories

The SANS Technology Institute (SANS.edu) prepares some of the brightest minds in cybersecurity for lasting careers that make a meaningful difference. See why these students chose SANS.edu for their cybersecurity education and what they're up to now.


Billy Wilson

Billy Wilson

Master of Science in Information Security Engineering

Flexibility and real-world hands-on experience were key when father of five Billy Wilson started looking at cybersecurity master's degree programs. See what he has to say about attending the SANS.edu master's program while working full time - and presenting a student project to the CISO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

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Shawna Turner

Shawna Turner

Master of Science in Information Security Engineering

Shawna Turner earned a master's from SANS.edu while working full time at Nike, so online course options and the ability to adjust her schedule to her life needs were critical to her success. Discover how this former theater tech transformed herself into a cybersecurity subject matter expert.

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Jeremiah Hainly

Jeremiah Hainly

Master of Science in Information Security Engineering

A natural introvert and self-described computer/gamer geek, Jeremiah Hainly knew that gaining up-to-the-minute cybersecurity knowledge could give him game-changing confidence. See why he chose SANS.edu and where the master's program took him.

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Karim Lalji

Karim Lalji

Master of Science in Information Security Engineering

Karim Lalji, a managing security consultant for TELUS, considered other cybersecurity master's programs, but found them too theoretical. He chose SANS.edu because it was the "gold standard," but was still blown away by the depth of knowledge provided. Learn more about Karim's story.

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Jeff Sass

Jeff Sass

Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Engineering
Graduate Certificate in Penetration Testing & Ethical Hacking

Video gaming was the start of what would lead to Jeff Sass's decades-long career at Adobe. Discover why he chose to pursue 3 graduate certificates at SANS.edu — and how the experience helped him win a promotion to manager.

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Loveona Jones

Loveona Jones

Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Cybersecurity

Loveona Jones completed the SANS.edu Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Cybersecurity during her senior year at a different college. Learn how this Cyber FastTrack scholarship winner got her start in cybersecurity and won prestigious internships with the U.S. State Department and a Fortune 500 company.

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Cody Williams

Cody Williams

Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Cybersecurity

Cody Williams completed the SANS.edu Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Cybersecurity in just under a year and landed his first cybersecurity job before completing the program. See why Cody thinks there's a place for everybody in cybersecurity, particularly for those who fear having a boring desk job.

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Yukyung Jung

Yukyung Jung

Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Cybersecurity

It's not unusual to find students with master's degrees in the SANS.edu undergraduate certificate program. Take Yukyung Jung, who pursued the certificate because of it offered hands-on technical training he couldn't find anywhere else. Learn about his journey from South Korea to the U.S. Army to a cybersecurity career.

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Cathy Sowa

Cathy Sowa

Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Cybersecurity

Cathy Sowa made a mid-career change to cybersecurity. Learn how this former middle school teacher and adjunct professor gained the skills and confidence to enter the cybersecurity field.

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