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Mark your calendar for SANS Cyber Defense Initiative (CDI) 2012, December 7 - 16 in Washington DC. Now is the time to be sure you know how the newest attacks work and what can and cannot be done to stop them or mitigate the damage. Now is the time to be sure that your tools are up to the task of finding, blocking, and deciphering hacking attacks. Get the training you need. SANS is the one education organization known for developing those security skills most needed today. Every course, evening talk, and special event being offered at SANS CDI 2012 is geared to keep you on the cutting edge and to ensure that you have the knowledge and power required to fight against the actions of today's cyber criminals. As a special bonus, CDI is powered by NetWars-Tournament Play, featuring our first annual Tournament of Champions!

SANS CDI 2012 offers a unique chance to learn from the best teachers in security. You'll get the kind of hands-on, immersion training that you can put to work immediately. Don't take our word for it! We will let some of last year's attendees tell you what they thought:

"I highly advise anyone requiring this level of training to get it through SANS. The instructors share information and insight not found elsewhere." - Clifton Dickens, Richmond Public Schools

"Good coverage, relevant content, great instructor. A lot of material covered but Mike Poor made it manageable. Facilitators, instructors, and SANS personnel were very helpful all around. Thank you!" - Carmencita Muramoto, Raytheon Company

"If you want to pass a test, take a bootcamp. If you want to understand the technology and work with experts on the subject, take a SANS course." - Justin Grace, Texas Air National Guard

"It taught me about some new tools and uses for these tools which I hadn't considered." - Allen Rock, Boeing

This event will feature more than 20 courses in IT security, security management, IT audit, software developer, and computer forensics, including short courses, which can be taken with a long course to enhance your training. Register by October 24 and save $500 on tuition fees with discounts offered to early registrants.

Many of our courses offered at SANS CDI 2012 are associated with a GIAC Certification. Put the skills you'll learn to practical use and join almost 43,500 GIAC certified professionals who make the Cybersecurity industry safe. Visit our GIAC Roadmap for more information and register for your certification attempt today.

The SANS Technology Institute (STI) offers a Master's Degree in Information Security Management and a Master's Degree in Information Security Engineering. Many of the courses offered at CDI can be applied towards one of these master's degree programs once you apply for admission. See the parenthesis in the course list above to see the courses that meet requirements for GIAC Certification attempts, STI Master's Degree programs, Cyber Guardian, and DoD 8570 Directive. Don't miss the opportunity to take courses that will advance your education in your field while applying to recognition in a variety of programs.

Our campus for SANS Cyber Defense Initiative 2012 will be Hilton Washington & Towers. A special rate of $199 S/D has been arranged for SANS attendees until November 15, which includes complimentary high-speed Internet in your guest room! Government per diem rooms are available with proper ID; you must call the hotel and specifically ask for this rate. Make your reservations now as this special rate is based on space availability. The hotel is a mile from the Smithsonian National Zoo and just four blocks from the Dupont Circle Metro Station on the Red Line.

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So register today to join us in Washington DC for SANS Cyber Defense Initiative 2012.

- Receive a discount of up to $500 for any full course paid for by Wednesday, October 24, 2012.
- Receive a discount of up to $250 for any full course paid for by Wednesday, November 7, 2012.
- No refunds available after Wednesday, November 14, 2012.