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Countdown to DFIRCON 2019!

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At this year's annual DFIRCON 2019, one of the industry's most unique Digital Forensics and Incident Response (DFIR) training events, you'll train, network and battle with the best. Join us in Coral Gables, Fla., Nov. 4 — Nov. 9, to level up your DFIR skills, get in on the latest in research and technology, and learn how to overcome your day-to-day forensic investigation challenges.

Pick and choose from a top-notch line-up of digital forensics courses taught by our SANS certified instructors who also happen to be working security practitioners. The event hosts cutting-edge DFIR training classes aimed to teach you the most effective ways to obtain forensic evidence, how to detect compromised systems, identify how and when a breach occurred, successfully contain and remediate incidents.

New this year are FOR498: Battlefield Forensics & Data Acquisition and FOR508: Advanced Incident Response, Threat Hunting, and Digital Forensics. Check out the full list of DFIRCON course options.

We're excited to announce that FOR498 will officially launch at SANS DFIRCON 2019. The course teaches you the advanced skills necessary to properly respond to, identify, collect, and preserve data from a wide range of storage devices and repositories, ensuring that the integrity of the evidence is beyond reproach. The course includes numerous hands-on labs that give you the practical experience you need when performing digital acquisition from hard drives, memory sticks, cellular phones, network storage areas, and everything in between.

Here are just a few of the comments we've heard from cybersecurity pros who've taken the beta course:

  • "I am migrating from a SOC analyst role to a forensic/IR position. This course is a great primer to make the transition." - Brian Ohara, FIS
  • "My organization is very resource-constrained and previous mission focus & lack of forensicators means paradigm shift & this course will be highly recommended to senior leadership." - Darin E Price, DGS CTR ISO DOE CI
  • "In DFIR, things rarely go as planned. This course teaches you about the options to control when things aren't working as expected." - J-Michael Roberts, Corvus Forensics
  • "This is a great course & would be especially beneficial for people just starting in the field." - S. Lewis, USAF
  • "This course provided information I can take back to my company & begin using immediately; will be very easy to show leadership the ROI." - Jennifer Welsh, CNO Financial Group

FOR508 is designed to prepare you to look for, protect against and mitigate the most sophisticated threats you are likely to face in your efforts to defend your systems and data. The course covers topics such as ways to detect how and when a breach occurred, identification of compromised and affected systems, damage assessments, remediation and more.

DFIRCON kicks off with a welcome session from Peter Szczepankiewicz, not only one of our top SANS instructors but also a senior security engineer with IBM. Peter will give advice on how to get the most out of your SANS training experience and share information about all the programs and resources offered by SANS. Well-known SANS instructor, cybersecurity expert and former FBI special agent Eric Zimmerman will give the keynote, where he'll talk about how to coordinate, automate and run open-source forensics tools across data in order to simplify the development, testing, and implementation of forensics tasks for automation. Zimmerman has created many world-class, open-source forensic tools (EZ Tools), and is the course author of the new FOR498: Battlefield Forensics & Data Acquisition course launching at DFIRCON.

In addition to SANS cutting-edge training and the keynote, hear from SANS experts Lenny Zeltser and Heather Mahalik at two evening sessions covering everything from avoiding writing mistakes in cybersecurity to hunting for hard-to-find smartphone apps and malware. As always, there will be plenty of time to network and cultivate relationships with other like-minded DFIR pros. On the third night of the event, join the SANS DFIR faculty and your fellow attendees or a night out in Miami, well-known for its vibrant and high-energy nightlife! Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Finally, don't miss the crowd-favorite DFIR Netwars Coin Slayer Tournament, where you can prove your DFIR mettle and win metal. Add to your coin war chest by answering all questions correctly from all four levels of one or more of the eight DFIR domains: Windows Forensics, Advanced Incident Response, and Threat Hunting, Smartphone Analysis, Mac Forensics, Memory Forensics, Advanced Network Forensics, and Malware Analysis.

The tournament is tough. Coin slayers demonstrate exceptional knowledge and talent, and winning a coin is an honor. SANS Institute uses the coins to identify and honor those who excel at detecting and eradicating threats and understand the critical importance of cybersecurity. Participating in the tournament is free with your course enrollment; register here.

As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities at the DFIRCON 2019. Save $200 when you register and pay for any 4-6 day course by Oct. 2, 2019! Be sure to enter the discount code "EarlyBird19."

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