Connect with SANS | GIAC at RSA Conference 2021

Connect with SANS | GIAC at RSA Conference 2021

Join us in the conversation at RSA Conference 2021, a virtual experience happening May 17-20. Meet industry leaders and peers, learn about the latest trends that are most relevant to your needs, grow your career, and help shape the future of the industry.

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What to Expect from SANS and GIAC at RSA 2021

We will again bring a NetWars tournament to the conference, this year featuring the brand new Core NetWars Version 7 challenge. We will also have multiple trainings and presentations from top SANS instructors on cloud security, security awareness, the new CIS Critical Controls, security leadership, and more. Look below for a schedule of all our planned activities.

Earn CPEs by attending applicable keynotes, 45-minute track sessions, trainings and tutorials provided by SANS Institute.

Make it count! To ensure your CPEs are automatically applied, enter the email address associated with your GIAC account when you register for RSA Conference. After the Conference, simply submit a copy of your trip report with your certification renewal application to GIAC.

One of the highlights of SANS and GIAC's participation in RSA each year is our panel keynote on the topic of the five most dangerous new attack techniques. Watch last year's keynote here to catch up, and be sure not to miss this year's panel.

Register for RSA Conference and save $100 on an All Access Pass using the GIAC certification holder discount code: 1U1GIACFD

Register for Tutorials and Trainings

Talk to peers who've attended RSAC, and they'll tell you how much you can learn in a single day. So imagine doubling that - and then some - with the 2-day or 5 and 6-day learning experiences of SANS Institute Tutorials and Trainings.

SANS, an Education Sponsor of RSA Conference 2021, is offering intensive skill-building trainings and tutorials led by top SANS instructors. Earn up to 12 CPEs by attending one of the four SANS two-day courses; each day will earn you 6 CPEs. And up to 36 CPEs by attending one of the 5 or 6-day trainings provided by SANS.

Instructors or Speakers
Session Title and Link to Description and Registration

James Tarala

CIS Critical Controls: A Practical Introduction 

Thursday, May 13 - Friday, May 14

Hassan El Hadary

Bug Bounties and Responsible Disclosure

Thursday, May 13 - Friday, May 14

Lance Spitzner

How to Build, Maintain, and Measure a Mature Awareness Program

Thursday, May 13 - Friday, May 14

Frank Kim

Security Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership

Monday, May 10 - Friday, May 14

Ryan Nicholson

Cloud Security Essentials

Monday, May 10 - Friday, May 14

Chad Tilbury, Rob Lee, Ovie Carroll

Windows Forensic Analysis

Monday, May 10 - Saturday, May 15

NetWars Tournament

Back by popular demand, we will be hosting a Core NetWars Tournament at RSAC. Compete with your peers in a hands-on cybersecurity challenge developed to build and enhance your skills as a cybersecurity professional.

Earn up to 6 CPE credits for enhancing your infosec skills (and showing them off) as you go head to head with peers through progressively difficult challenges. Areas of competition include vulnerability assessment, malware analysis, digital forensics and more.

Each tournament will be a separate event for the first 50 students that register and will run in the RSAC Sandbox.

  • Tuesday, May 18 | 12:45 pm - 3:45 pm PT
  • Wednesday, May 19 | 12:45 pm - 3:45 pm PT

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Speakers, Profiles, and Presentations

Check out the below expert list of SANS speakers at this year's RSA Conference.
Click on each to read their profiles, sign up for their presentations, and review any past contributions they have made to RSA.

Earn up to 18 CPEs by attending applicable keynotes and 45-minute track sessions.

Speaker Profiles



Frank Kim

Fellow, SANS Institute

CISO Leadership: Building Your Personal Action Plan

May 20

Brandon Evans

Senior Security Engineer / Certified Instructor, Zoom Video Communications / SANS Institute

Multi-Cloud Anomaly Detection: Finding Threats Among Us in the Big 3 Clouds

May 17

Serge Borso

CEO, SpyderSec

AppSec DFIR 201

May 20 at 12:25 - 2:25 pm PT

Johannes Ullrich


Jason Lam

Dean of Research, SANS Technology Institute

Certified Instructor, SANS Institute

Attack & Defend: Protecting Modern Distributed Applications and Components

May 17

Benjamin Wright


John Pescatore

Attorney, Private Practice

Director, SANS

How Risky Is Cybersecurity Insurance?

May 18 at 9:20 - 10:00 am PT

Jess Garcia

Technical Lead, One eSecurity

Me, My Adversary & AI: Investigating & Hunting with Machine Learning

May 17

Lenny Zeltser

CISO / Author / Instructor, Axonius / SANS Institute

How You Can Ask the Right Questions to Succeed with Your Security Projects


Analyzing Windows Malware on Linux: Getting Started Tips and Examples

May 18

Jeff McJunkin

Founder, Rogue Valley Information Security

Top Active Directory Attacks: Understand, then Prevent and Detect

May 18

Jorge Orchilles


Hands-On: Purple Team Exercise Workshop

May 19

Matthew Toussain

CTO, Open Security / Course Author, Instructor SANS Institute, Open Security / SANS Institute

The Golden Age of C2

May 17

Lodrina Cherne

Principal Security Advocate, Cybereason

Lessons Learned from Diverse Paths to Successful Cybersecurity Careers

May 20

Randy Marchany


Russell Eubanks

Chief Information Security Officer, Virginia Tech


What's New with Version 8 of the 20 Critical Security Controls?

May 17