SANS 2008

November 2, 2008 – 4:43 pm

A little while ago I discovered that Verizon has annual training budget for employees to do work related courses of their choice.  Around that time I learned that SANS was holding one of their training events here in Sydney. I’ve always wanted to do a SANS course but the cost put me off.

I enrolled in “SEC502: Perimeter Protection In-Depth“.  I’ve got a lot of experience with designing and building datacenter networks but it’s been some years since i was was working with people that i could call mentors. So I could do with a bit of a refresher.  The course was being run by its author, Chris Brenton.

The course finished up yesterday. It was an intense 6 days of theory, practice and examples from Chris’s extensive experience. This course was definately worth the money. I’ve got 6 books of course notes full of scribbled comments. I’ll be going back to the books for months or more, to get what i couldnt absorb during the course itself.

It was the best course I’ve ever done. Equal best with training i did with Dr. Rex di Bona some years ago.

My next task is to study for the GIAC certification that’s associated with the course. It’s open book, so that worries me a little. It’ll be hard!

Another attendee’s blog: Chris Mohan

Some relevant websites;

InGuardians Dr Rex Di Bona

UPDATE: 4 Mar 09 – A week and a bit ago I passed the exam. I’m now a GIAC Certified Firewall Analyst (GCFW)

  1. One Response to “SANS 2008”

  2. hhhmmmm tis not often I’ve heard Danny Baird the man with brains the size of a planet be impressed…. these guy’s must be very good indeed!

    By Johnny boy on Jan 12, 2009

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