LDR512: SANS Live Online Europe April 2024

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What You Will Learn

IMPORTANT NOTICE: SANS is in process of changing course prefixes from “MGT” to “LDR”. There is no change in course content or pricing. MGT512 will run through Dec 31, 2023, then LDR512 will run thereafter. Course books may reflect the “MGT” prefix even for "LDR" classes of the course during the transition. If you would like to take the course before Dec 31, 2023 or via OnDemand, please visit the MGT512 course page.
What is Security Management?

Security management is all about managing information risk. This means that you need the appropriate level of technical knowledge and leadership skills to gain the respect of technical team members, understand what technical staff are actually doing, and appropriately plan and manage security projects and initiatives. This is a big and important job that requires an understanding of a wide array of security topics. Being an effective security leader requires you to get up to speed quickly on information security issues and terminology to build a modern security program. Creating a high performing security team means that you can anticipate what security capabilities need to built to enable the business and mitigate threats.
Leading Security Initiatives to Manage Information Risk

Take this security management course to learn the key elements of any modern security program. LDR512 covers a wide range of security topics across the entire security stack. Learn to quickly grasp critical information security issues and terminology, with a focus on security frameworks, security architecture, security engineering, computer/network security, vulnerability management, cryptography, data protection, security awareness, application security, DevSecOps, cloud security, and security operations.

The training course uses the Cyber42 leadership simulation game to put you in real-world scenarios that spur discussion and critical thinking of situations that you will encounter at work. Throughout the class you will participate in twenty-three Cyber42 activities.

"I would recommend this course as it is a great intro to both the business and technical aspects of aspiring CISO work." - Ian D., US Military
Business Takeaways

This course will help your organization:
  • Develop leaders that know how to build a modern security program
  • Anticipate what security capabilities need to built to enable the business and mitigate threats
  • Create higher performing security teams
Skills Learned
  • Make sense of different cybersecurity frameworks
  • Understand and analyze risk
  • Understand the pros and cons of different reporting relationships
  • Manage and lead technical teams and projects
  • Build a vulnerability management program
  • Inject security into modern DevOps workflows
  • Strategically leverage a SIEM
  • Lead a Security Operations Center (SOC)
  • Change behavior and build a security-aware culture
  • Effectively manage security projects
  • Enable modern security architectures and the cloud
  • Build security engineering capabilities using automation and Infrastructure as Code (IaC)
  • Get up to speed quickly on information security issues and terminology
  • Establish a minimum standard of security knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Speak the same language as technical security professionals
Hands-On Security Manager Training

This leadership focused security training course uses case scenarios, group discussions, team-based exercises, in-class games, and a security leadership simulation to help students absorb both technical and management topics.

About 60-80 minutes per day is dedicated to these learning experiences using the Cyber42 leadership simulation game.

This web application based game is a continuous tabletop exercise where students play to improve security culture, manage budget and schedule, and improve security capabilities at a fictional organization. This puts you in real-world scenarios that spur discussion and critical thinking of situations that you will encounter at work.
  • Section 1: Cyber42 Watt's Warehouse Company Overview, Calibration Lab, Round 1 Initiative Selection, Events 1-3: Whither Watt's Warehouse, Institutionalizing Security, Board Briefing
  • Section 2: Cyber42 Round 1 Events 4-6: Network Security Implementation, End User Security, To Serve and Protect
  • Section 3: Cyber42 Round 2 Initiative Selection, Round 2 Events 7-10: Industry Breach, Shadow IT, Security Misconfiguration, Miracle on DevOps Way
  • Section 4: Cyber42 Round 3 Initiative Selection, Round 3 Events 11-14: Patching Problems, Let It Be Known!, Tough Negotiations, Managing Resistance
  • Section 5: Cyber42 Round 4 Initiative Selection, Round 4 Events 15-18: New Guy in Town, Cost Cutting, Ransomware Response, Opportunity Knocks
"The [Cyber42] 'game' we are playing makes you think about real world problems and the different teams show how different groups will come up with their own solutions for the same problem. One of the few 'games' that actually forces some decisions based on previous decisions." - Max H., US Military

"I'm really enjoying the flow between the content delivery and the Cyber42 game." - Jamil A., US Government

"Loved the Cyber 42 game. Lots to think about when playing." - Doris Landreville, CSE
Syllabus Summary
  • Section 1 - Governance to plan your security program
  • Section 2 - Architecture to design your security capabilities
  • Section 3 - Engineering to build your security capabilities
  • Section 4 - Build and lead the team, process, and culture
  • Section 5 - Run operations to manage and mitigate attacks
Additional Free Resources
  • CISO Scorecard poster
  • Transformational Cybersecurity Leader Triad blog
  • Rekt Casino Hack Assessment Transformational Series Weak Security Program, Unprotected Systems, and Poor Detection & Response, webcast
  • Rekt Casino Revisited: Transformational Series Part 2: Weak Security Program, Unprotected Systems, and Poor Detection & Response, blog
What You Will Receive
  • Electronic courseware containing the entire course content
  • Printed course books
  • Access to the Cyber42 security leadership simulation web app
  • MP3 audio files of the complete course lecture
What Comes Next
  • MGT514: Security Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership
  • LDR521: Security Culture for Leaders
NOTE: Some course material for SEC401 and LDR512 may overlap. SANS recommends SEC401 for those interested in a more technical course of study, and LDR512 for those primarily interested in a leadership-oriented but less technical learning experience.


Start date Location / delivery
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