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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 Win National Cyber League Competition

Students from the SANS Technology Institute topped the leaderboard in every category of the spring 2022 National Cyber League (NCL) competition, earning the top spots for #1 Individual Player, #1 Team and #1 Cyber Power Ranking.

What’s more, 4 SANS.edu teams made the top 10. Eight teams made the top 100 out of more than 1,000 teams. Learn more about the SANS.edu teams that finished in first placethird placefifth place, and ninth place.

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

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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.

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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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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

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.