Security Training By SANS

SANS ( offers all kinds of training for professionals who are involved in cybersecurity. There are various ways to access their quality training material: by attending a live conference, accessing your training on demand (online) or hosting a training session in your community.

Courses include a range of topics including: hacker tools and techniques, forensic analysis, intrusion detection, network penetration testing, incident response and many more.

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Program in Applied Cyber Security at MIT

Have you ever considered taking advantage of the amazing educational opportunities at MIT?

MIT Professional Education is organized under the School of Engineering, and provides continuing education courses and lifelong learning opportunities for science and engineering professionals at all levels. MIT faculty teach all Professional Education offerings.

I was poking around their site last week and wouldn’t you know it: a course in Applied Cyber Security is being offered in 2015. According the course description, “experts from academia, the military, and industry share their knowledge to give participants the principles, the state of the practice, and strategies for the future.”

Learn more.

US Retailers Launch Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center

Major US retailers have come together to launch the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC) in an effort to prevent incidents like the Target attack. The organization, which counts among its members Target, The Gap, Walgreens, and J.C. Penney, will share real-time threat information with each other and with US agencies, including the Secret Service, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as well as with other public and private stakeholders.

R-CISC will provide training, education, and research resources to its members to help fight “increasingly sophisticated methods of attack.”

Read the full story in the news.

Results of the ‘Securing the Human’ Prize Giveaway



The prize giveaway contest for attendees of the MIT ‘Securing the Human’ online courses has ended, as of noon today (November 4, 2013).

I am happy to announce that we had three winners, selected from the attendees who completed all 5 courses.

1st prize: Carol A. Roberts

2nd prize: Charles J. Hale

3rd prize: Gregory Torrales, Jr.

Thank you to all who have been taking the time to attend the online courses. Please pass along their availability to your MIT colleagues. If you have not yet taken the courses, they are free and available to anyone with an MIT web certificate.

Links and descriptions of the courses are posted here.

Be Safe This Month and Win!


This month, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), we are encouraged to take responsibility for protecting our computers and computing infrastructure.

As the technology of software and the Internet changes at a rapid pace, so do the forms of attack that exploit this technology. One way that you, as a member of MIT, can do your part and keep up with the latest threats, is by taking a refresher course on computer or data security.

Securing the Human is a 5-part online course that is now available through the MIT Learning  Center. The topics covered include how to prevent a phishing scam, protecting your password, and why we should be encrypting sensitive data.

In support of NCSAM, the IT Security Support & Services team will be giving prizes to the top 3 students of the Securing the Human course. There’s no need to register for the contest. Whether you are MIT faculty, staff or student, simply take one, a few, or all five parts of the Securing the Human course before November 4, 2013. Those who have viewed the courses prior to this announcement will also be included in the drawing.

Each of the 5 course modules is approximately 20 minutes. We will select from the users who have logged the most minutes by November 4, 2013 at 12 noon. The awards: 1st prize: $75, 2nd prize: $50 and 3rd prize: $25.

Thank you for participating in this prize giveaway and please stay safe out there!

Further course information and access to the courses is available here. An MIT certificate is required to access the courses.

IT Partners Presentation on Securing the Human

Last week at the IT Partners Conference, I did a presentation on Securing the Human, an online security awareness training program for students, faculty and staff. The courses in the program are still in development, with the plan to roll these out to the MIT community in the summer.

The presentation (slides plus transcript) is available here.

You can learn more about the Securing the Human – End User Training course materials here. They are created by a trusted name in information security training.

We are very excited about this new offering from IS&T to the MIT community and I would like to invite you to be part of the testing phase (through the end of June) or the pilot (starting in July).

If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please let me know by emailing: myeaton at

Security Training Through SANS

SANS 2011 is the nation’s largest security training conference, with 26 week-long immersion training courses and a dozen more one and two-day courses. Includes new courses in advanced pen testing techniques, advanced forensics techniques, secure coding, auditing and more. SANS boasts extraordinary teachers, providing the most up-to-date material, with a promise that you will be able to put what you learn to work as soon as you get home.

In Orlando from March 26 – April 4. Save $400 by registering by Feb 9.