SANS Expands Malware Analysis Training at Network Security 2013 in Las Vegas

Adds New Hands-On Capture the Flag Tournament

BETHESDA, Md., Aug. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SANS today announced the addition of a new capture the flag malware analysis tournament at SANS Network Security 2013, in Las Vegas, NV, September 14-23. The capture the flag challenges have been added as the sixth and final day of the newly-expanded FOR610: Reverse Engineering Malware course. The tournament gives participants the opportunity to test and solidify the skills they learned earlier in the course in a fun, game-like format.

"These new hands-on exercises are very challenging, as they were built on 100 percent live malware which is representative of what participants will have to reverse-engineer when they return to their jobs," said Jake Williams, malware analysis expert and author of day six. "After completing the challenges on day six, participants will be better prepared to function as malware reverse engineers in an operational setting."

Lenny Zeltser, security expert and malware course author adds, "The most recent expansion of the course is consistent with the increasing demands being placed on malware analysts. It has gradually expanded through the years from a one day course, to two days, then to four days, then five, and now six, because the set of fundamental skills that analysts need to have in this field have been growing. As the demand for these skills increases and more people enter the field, employees are looking for ways to ensure that the people they hire have practical, hands-on skills. The expansion of FOR610 to six days provides students even more opportunity to practice with real-world malware, giving them a strong foundation for entering the field or expanding their expertise."

For a sneak peek at the new exercises, tune into the free recorded webcast at: https://www.sans.org/webcasts/for610-content-sneak-peek-95925

The FOR610 course has been well-received by students. "The exercises and examples are very good and useful to get a better understanding of code analysis. Definitely one of the best courses I've attended on this topic," commented Thor Olsen, Norwegian Police Security Services and a prior participant of the course.

The SANS Forensics Reverse Engineering Malware course is also associated with the GIAC GREM certification. It's designed for technologists who protect their organization from malicious code. These individuals know how to examine inner-workings of malware in the context of forensic investigations, incident response and Windows system administration.

SANS Network Security 2013 will feature some of today's brightest minds in cyber security. For a complete list of courses and course overviews, including associated GIAC certifications and to register, please visit: http://www.sans.org/info/137197

About SANS Institute
The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. SANS is the most trusted, and by far the largest source for world-class information security training and security certification in the world offering over 50 training courses. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, is a certification body featuring over 20 hands-on, technical certifications in information security. SANS offers a myriad of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, and newsletters; and it operates the Internet's early warning system - the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners in varied global organizations from corporations to universities working together to help the entire information security community. (www.SANS.org)

SOURCE SANS Institute



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