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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.
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SANS.edu Sentinels Make Their Mark at 2022 National Cyber League Competitions

The SANS.edu Sentinels wrapped up 2022 earning the #1 Power Ranking at the spring National Cyber League (NCL) competition and the #2 Power Ranking at the fall NCL competition out of more than 1,000 teams.

Fall NCL Highlights

  • 3 SANS.edu Sentinels teams made the top 10, earning 2nd, 4th and 8th place
  • 5 of our teams made the top 100
  • 13 SANS.edu students placed in top 100 in the individual NCL competition (out of more than 6,600 participants)
  • SANS.edu student Jacob Elliott finished in 3rd place in the individual competition

              A huge congratulations to all of the SANS.edu Sentinels!

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              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

              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

              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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              Melissa Bischoping

              Master of Science in Information Security Engineering

              Melissa Bischoping works alongside some of the most brilliant minds in cybersecurity as an Endpoint Security Research Specialist at Tanium. Learn about her career journey and why she chose to pursue a master’s degree at SANS.edu.

              Jamy Casteel

              Jamy Casteel

              Master of Science in Information Security Engineering

              Jamy Casteel chose the SANS.edu master’s degree program to enhance both hands-on technical skills and soft skills to gain a competitive advantage for his career. Learn more about how this penetration testing expert and senior security consultant at Kroll is protecting his clients’ important data from his rural Oklahoma town.

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              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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              Richard “Rick” Halsell Jr.

              Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity Engineering
              Graduate Certificate in Cloud Security

              Richard “Rick“ Halsell Jr. defended the Army against network breaches and today is Senior Security Program Manager at Microsoft. Learn about his career journey and see why this master's degree holder chose to pursue 2 graduate certificates at SANS.edu.

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              Jeff Sass

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

              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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              Jessica Stainer

              Graduate Certificate in Incident Response

              Digital forensics examiner Jessica Stainer pursued a graduate certificate in Incident Response at SANS.edu to gain hands-on skills her theory-based master’s degree didn’t provide. Along the way, she found her online courses so interesting and engaging that they didn’t seem like school.

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              Christopher Haller

              Graduate Certificate in Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking

              Christopher Haller beat out more than 6,000 competitors to earn the #1 individual player ranking in the Spring 2022 National Cyber League competition. See why he chose to pursue a graduate certificate at SANS.edu — and learn about his career path from the US Navy to his current role as Director of Professional Services at Centripetal Networks.

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              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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              Tin Nguyen

              Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Cybersecurity

              Tin Nguyen’s professional journey has taken him from the United States Marines to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to the helm of a Vietnam-based cybersecurity company. Learn how this graduate of the Undergraduate Certificate program in Applied Cybersecurity led the response and recovery efforts for one of the greatest crypto hacks in history.

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              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

              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

              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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              Anthony Messina

              Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Cybersecurity

              Anthony Messina completed the SANS.edu Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Cybersecurity after earning a bachelor’s in information technology. Learn about his journey from the Marine Corps to a career as a security analyst — and discover why he recommends the security analyst career path to anyone who wants to be on the front line of cybersecurity.

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              Our Grads Get Hired

              Our alumni work for organizations large and small, including Fortune 500 companies, military and government organizations, and leading cybersecurity firms. Here are just a few.
              Adobe
              Discover Financial Services
              Northrop Grumman
              Akamai
              Epic
              OpenSecurity
              Amazon
              Expel
              Oracle
              Apple Inc
              EY
              PwC
              Artic Wolf Networks
              Facebook
              Raytheon
              Bank of America
              FireEye
              Red Canary
              Blizzard Entertainment
              IBM
              Rendition Infosec
              Boeing
              Jigsaw Google
              RSA
              Booz Allen Hamilton
              JHU/APL
              SAIC
              Capital One
              JPMorgan Chase
              Salesforce
              Cisco
              KBR
              Sandia National Laboratories
              Coalfire
              Mantech
              SixGen
              Coretelligent
              Mastercard
              Symantec
              CrowdStrike
              Microsoft
              Verizon
              Deloitte
              MITRE
              Walmart
              Dragos
              NIST
              Wells Fargo Bank
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              Secure Your Future

              The SANS Technology Institute offers career-focused master’s degree, graduate certificate, bachelor’s degree and undergraduate certificate programs on the cutting edge of cybersecurity.

              Need more information? We’re happy to answer your questions. Join us for an info session, email info@sans.edu or call 301.241.7665.

              Ready to apply? We look forward to learning about you and your cybersecurity career goals.