SANS to Address Modern Industrial Control System Attacks and How to Defend Against Them at San Antonio Cyber Security Training Event


BETHESDA, Md., March 20, 2019 — SANS Institute, the global leader in cyber security training, today announced SANS San Antonio 2019 (#SANSSanAntonio) taking place May 28-June 2 in Texas. Hands-on immersion style training and bonus evening talks will arm attendees with the information they need to tackle today’s most complex cyber challenges. ICS cyber security expert Dean Parsons (@deancybersec) will discuss the ICS threat landscape and highlight effective ways to do practical and effective ICS defense during his evening talk “Defending Industrial Controls & Critical Infrastructure”.

According to Parsons, “If you’ve flipped on a light switch at home or the office, pumped gas into your car at a gas station, or poured water from a tap, you’ve touched or relied on industrial control systems. These systems maintain our modern way of life and they are under attack. Join me in San Antonio and get involved in the ICS and critical infrastructure defense conversation. We’ll review recent ICS attacks designed to cause physical damage to physical assets, and discover ICS defense using the Active Cyber Defense Cycle as taught in the ICS515 class.”

In addition to his evening talk, Parsons will teach ICS515: ICS Active Defense and Incident Response. This course will detail how to use incident response procedures to maintain the safety and reliability of operations. The strategy and technical skills presented will serve as a basis for ICS organizations looking to show that defense is doable.

SANS San Antonio 2019 features 11 hands-on immersion style training courses. Those new to cyber security will benefit from SEC301: Introduction to Cyber Security and SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style. More seasoned professionals can choose from courses like MGT512: Security Leadership Essentials for Managers, SEC555: SIEM with Tactical Analytics, and MGT414: SANS Training Program for CISSP® Certification. Attendees also have the opportunity to challenge their skills by participating in the Core NetWars Experience.

For a complete list of courses and evening talks, or to register for SANS San Antonio 2019, visit:

About SANS Institute

The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals at governments and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach over 60 different courses at more than 200 live cyber security training events as well as online. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates a practitioner’s qualifications via over 30 hands-on, technical certifications in cyber security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers master’s degrees in cyber security. SANS offers a myriad of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet’s early warning system–the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to help the entire information security community. (


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