Computer Forensic and Incident Response Blog Readers:
Two years ago SANS had only one course, 900 certified individuals, and no summits planned. In 2009 we have expanded to 6 forensics and IR courses, created a real curriculum path to follow, brought in more industry known expert instructors, planned two summits, maintain over 1500 certified, and GCFA is about to become accredited under ANSI 17024. We have come far, but our work is not done yet.
We are only a few weeks away from the Computer Forensic Summit kicking off in DC this year. I spent a couple of days at the Fairmont hotel this week and it is a top notch location (www.fairmont.com/washington). It could not be a more professional setting for the Forensic Summit. Having never been in a Fairmont, I have to say it feels like a Ritz Carlton. I am very excited!!
The Forensic and Incident Response Summit is going to be wonderful. We have some amazing participation from the speakers, panelists, and now corporations involved in forensics. We have wonderful particpation from commercial providers. (AccessData, Guidance Software, HBGary, Mandiant, and more)
I know many of you are always wondering how to stay ahead in the game; this summit is one way to make that happen.
Many of you have never attended a summit. If that is the case, a Summit is NOT a SANS week long training event. It goes back to the SANS roots of providing the expert speakers discussing and debating the latest trends. Providing detailed analysis and critique of the industry, each speaker is personally invited by SANS to speak.
The summit is only two days -> July 7-8 2009. If you are looking for a short trip that maximizes your networking and your learning, the summit is a place to do it. If you are considering coming, I would make that decision fast. We have twice as many people attending this year compared to last. I'm not sure how many the rooms will hold, so secure your spot quick if you are even thinking about it.
Looking forward to seeing you there. If you have the GCFA or have taken a class with me before. Please come up and say hi. It means a lot to me personally to have you there.