SEC450: SANS Amsterdam October 2023

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What You Will Learn

If you're looking for the gold standard in cyber security analyst training, you've found it! SANS SEC450 and the accompanying GIAC GSOC certification are the premier pair for anyone looking for a comprehensive security operations training course and certification. Check out the extensive syllabus and description below for a detailed run down of course content and don't miss the free demo available by clicking the "Course Demo" button!

Designed for teams of all types, SEC450 will get you hands-on with the tools and techniques required to stop advanced cyberattacks! Whether you are a part of a full SOC in a large organization, a small security ops group, or an MSSP responsible for protecting customers, SEC450 will teach you and your team the critical skills for understanding how to defend a modern organization.

Designed By Security Analysts, For Security Analysts

SEC450 is authored, designed, and advised by a group of veteran SOC analysts and managers to be a one-stop shop for all the essential techniques, tools, and data your team will need to be effective, including:
  • Security Data Collection - How to make the most of security telemetry including endpoint, network, and cloud-based sensors
  • Automation - How to identify the best opportunities for SOAR platform and other script-based automation
  • Efficient Security Process - How to keep your security operations tempo on track with in-depth discussions on what a SOC or security operations team should be doing at every step from data generation to detection, triage, analysis, and incident response
  • Quality Triage and Analysis - How to quickly identify and separate typical commodity attack alerts from high-risk, high-impact advanced attacks, and how to do careful, thorough, and cognitive-bias free security incident analysis
  • False Positive Reduction - Detailed explanations, processes, and techniques to reduce false positives to a minimum
  • SOC Tools - including hands-on exercises demonstrating:
    • How to collect, organize, and use relevant threat data in a Threat Intelligence Platform (TIP)
    • Principles of success for endpoint security data collection whether you use a SIEM, EDR, or XDR
    • Alert Triage - How to quickly and accurately triage security incidents, using clever data correlation and enrichment techniques that will immediately surface and sort true positives from false positives
    • How to best use incident management systems to effectively analyze, document, track, and extract critical metrics from your security incidents
    • Crafting automation workflows for common SOC activities, relieving analysts of boring tasks and freeing up time for better threat hunting and detection engineering
  • Burnout and Turnover Reduction - Informed with both scientific research and years of personal experience, this class teaches what causes cyber security analyst burnout and how you and your team can avoid it by understanding the causes and factors that lead to burnout. This class will help you build a long-term sustainable cyber defense career so you and your team can deliver the best every day!
  • Certification - The ability to add on the GIAC GSOC certification that encourages students to retain the material over the long term, and helps you objectively demonstrate you and your team's level of skill
SEC450 takes the approach of not just teaching what to do, but also why these techniques work and encourages students to ask the critical question "how can we objectively measure that security is improving?" And unlike shorter security analyst training courses, SEC450 has the time to cover the deeper reasoning and principles behind successful cyber defense strategies, ensuring students can apply the concepts even beyond the class material to take their defensive skills and thinking to the next level. Don't just take our word for it, ask any of the course alumni! SEC450 instructors repeatedly see the long lists of improvement ideas students finish the class with, eager to bring them back to their organizations.


This course will help your organization:
  • Make the most of security telemetry including endpoint, network, and cloud-based sensors
  • Reduce false positives to a minimum
  • Quickly and accurately triage security incidents
  • Improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and success of your SOC
Why Choose SANS SEC450 Over the Competition?

Unmatched in the industry with its volume and depth, SEC450 includes:
  • Nearly 1000 pages of instructional content with extensive notes and documentation
  • 15 hands-on exercises putting real SOC tools and situations in front of students to emphasize lessons and a 400+ page in-depth instructional exercise workbook to go with them
  • Full lab walkthrough videos, recorded and explained step by step by the course author
  • A custom course Linux virtual machine filled with SOC tools
  • A full day capture-the-flag contest experience with 75 challenges where students will apply their learning and put their skills to the test!
  • Continuously updated material to cover the newest attackers and techniques
This depth of material makes SEC450 and the GSOC certification a cyber security analyst training class like no other, covering techniques, mindset, and tools at a level unmatched by other offerings. Whether you're taking SEC450 yourself or including it in your analyst training plan, we'd love to have you and your org join the growing list of alumni and GSOC certified security analysts helping to halt the flow of disruptive cyberattacks!

What You Will Receive
  • Custom distribution of the Linux Virtual Machine containing a pre-built simulated SOC environment
  • MP3 audio files of the complete course lecture
  • Introduction and walk-through videos of labs
  • Digital Download Package that includes the above and more


Start date Location / delivery
02 Oct 2023 Amsterdam Book now

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