SANS Down Under conference sells out

Need to brush up your IT security skills? Want to do your bit against cyber crime?

In a bid to teach IT professionals the nuts and bolts of information security, the SANS Institute (SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security) has announced the return of its SANS Down Under Security Essentials conference to Melbourne’s Hilton on the Park.

The 2003 conference, which will be held between 28 July and 2 August 2003, is designed to give security professionals and IT managers an in-depth knowledge of the security field, which they can then put towards achieving industry-recognised certifications in Information Security.

The SANS conference consists of two training “tracks”. Track One, the "SANS Security Essentials Bootcamp and the 10 Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) domains", incorporates all the domains needed to pass the CISSP exam. The CISSP is an industry-wide certification moderated by the independent International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, or (ISC)2.

The course also covers all the subjects required for the Global Information Assurance Certification’s (GIAC) Security Essentials Certification (GSEC). GIAC was founded by the SANS Institute in 1999 as a means of validating the skills of security professionals.

Subjects in the Track One course include access control systems and methodology, security management practices, risk assessment and auditing and intrusion detection.

For more advanced security professionals, SANS offers a second track, called Track Seven: "Auditing Networks, Perimeters and Systems", which is designed to equip students with the information they need to sit the GIAC Systems and Network Auditor (GSNA) certification.

Both tracks run for six days.

Despite only launching its security essentials courses in Australia three years ago, the SANS course has proven popular, with the 50 places on offer at the upcoming essentials Bootcamp already selling out.

Conference lecturer and GIAC director Stephen Northcutt said the security essentials Bootcamp course earnt its popularity through the intense training schedule.

“Bootcamp to us means class all day and then classes at night, usually hands-on,” he said.

“People want to work hard. Training is expensive – you want to make it count. You want to be certain you can apply the knowledge.”

Track One costs $2995 and Track Seven $2895.

SANS Institute director of business development and venue planning, Brian Correia, said the course attracts a mix of students, ranging from those with little experience in the information security industry, to individuals “who have been experts in the security industry for years”.

Northcutt added several IT managers have also previously undertaken the course.

The Melbourne SANS Down Under 2003 event is one of two annual conferences held by the SANS Institute in Australia. The Institute also holds a larger security conference in Sydney in January/February each year.

Correia said the Institute is also looking to extend the conferences into Brisbane and Canberra.

Although the Track One Bootcamp has already sold out, individuals interested in putting their name down on a waiting list for the course can do so via the Down Under 2003 Web site: http://www.sans.org/downunder03/. Places are still available for the Track Seven course.

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