SEC402: Cybersecurity Writing: Hack the Reader

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About the course

Want to write better? Learn to hack the reader! Discover how to find an opening, break down your readers' defences, and capture their attention to deliver your message--even if they are too busy or indifferent to others' writing. This unique course, built exclusively for cybersecurity professionals, will strengthen your writing skills and boost your security career.

What You Will Learn
Want to write better? Learn to hack the reader! Discover how to find an opening, break down your readers' defenses, and capture their attention to deliver your message--even if they're too busy or indifferent to others' writing. This unique course, built exclusively for cybersecurity professionals, will strengthen your writing skills and boost your security career.

You will:

  • Uncover the five "golden elements" of effective reports, briefings, emails, and other cybersecurity writing.
  • Make these elements part of your arsenal through hands-on exercises that draw upon common security scenarios.
  • Learn the key topics you need to address in security reports and other written communications.
  • Understand how to pick the best words, structure, look, and tone.
  • Begin improving your skills at once by spotting and fixing weaknesses in security samples.
  • Receive practical checklists to ensure you'll write clearly and effectively right away.

This isn't your normal writing course:

  • The course builds upon the author's two decades of cybersecurity experience. You'll learn from examples relevant to security professionals, whether they're experts or beginners, managers or individual team members.
  • The course focuses on common writing problems you'll learn to avoid, instead of presenting tedious grammar rules or theoretical explanations. You'll advance your writing by reviewing and improving real-world cybersecurity samples.

Master the writing secrets that'll make you stand out in the eyes of your peers, colleagues, managers, and clients. Learn to communicate your insights, requests, and recommendations persuasively and professionally. Make your cybersecurity writing remarkable.

 

Syllabus (12 CPEs)
SEC402.1: Cybersecurity Writing: Hack the Reader - Day 1
SEC402.2: Cybersecurity Writing: Hack the Reader - Day 2

 

Author Statement
How can you stand out from other cybersecurity professionals with similar technical skills? How can you get your managers, clients, and colleagues to notice your contribution, accept your advice, and appreciate your input? Write better!

Here's an uncommon opportunity to improve your writing skills without sitting through tedious lectures or writing irrelevant essays. You'll make your writing remarkable by learning how to avoid common mistakes, working on real-world exercises to spot and correct cybersecurity writing problems. You'll write clearly and effectively right away with the help of practical checklists.

This course captures my experience of writing in cybersecurity for over two decades and incorporates insights from other members of the community. It's a course I wish I could have attended when I needed to improve my own writing skills. It's a course I know will help you propel your own cybersecurity career.

-- Lenny Zeltser

Ways to Learn
OnDemand
Study and prepare for GIAC Certification with four months of online access to SANS OnDemand courses. Includes labs and exercises, and SME support.

Who Should Attend SEC402?
If your cybersecurity job involves writing emails, reports, proposals, or other content, you'll find this course indispensable, whether you are:

  • A manager or an individual team member
  • A consultant or an internally-focused employee
  • An expert or a beginner
  • A defender or an attacker
  • An earthling or an alien

You get the idea--the course is for all cybersecurity professionals who want to improve their written communications and boost their careers. 

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