What is SANS Cyber Aces?

SANS Cyber Aces is SANS’ philanthropic initiative to help individuals discover and develop skills and careers in cybersecurity. SANS donates free, online courses that teach the fundamentals of cybersecurity to program participants, organizes state-wide competitions, and helps connect participants to employers.

Who is SANS?

SANS is the most trusted and by far the largest source for information security training and security certification in the world. It also develops, maintains, and makes available at no cost, the largest collection of research documents about various aspects of information security, and it operates the Internet's early warning system - the Internet Storm Center.

The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Its programs now reach more than 165,000 security professionals around the world. A range of individuals from auditors and network administrators, to chief information security officers are sharing the lessons they learn and are jointly finding solutions to the challenges they face.

At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners in varied global organizations from corporations to universities working together to help the entire information security community.

Why Cyber Aces?

Cybersecurity has arrived at a critical point. It now sits at the nexus of three urgent and important needs: to strengthen national security, to deliver innovative STEM education, and to provide good, well-paying jobs. SANS Cyber Aces program is rooted in all three.

SANS Cyber Aces’ mission is to discover and develop individuals with high aptitude in information security so they can make a contribution to the physical and economic security of our country.

Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing, highest paying IT employment fields. Yet there is a critical shortage of individuals with the skills needed. Good jobs are going unfilled. SANS Cyber Aces is committed to being one part of a comprehensive approach to strengthening the security of our nation and its enterprises, enhancing our education system, and providing meaningful employment in the cybersecurity industry.