Educational Update for 2017

Last Fall, James Trumper and I led a successful CISSP class through PCC. James and I really enjoyed the opportunity and the class participants got a lot out of it. I hope we can put together another course. PCC was a great venue and the cost was much lower than any bootcamp or other intensive I have found. Let me know if you are interested in a local CISSP course, so we prioritize this appropriately.

What else is out there? As you know, I teach for SANS, so I looked into what SANS courses are coming to town. Here is what I found:

  • MGT512: Security Leadership Essentials For Managers with Knowledge Compression™    Apr 10, 2017 – Apr 14, 2017
  • SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style    Jun 12, 2017 – Jun 17, 2017
  • SEC501: Advanced Security Essentials – Enterprise Defender    Jul 17, 2017 – Jul 22, 2017

These are each great options to avoid travel and get high value training locally. Here is the link:

In my sticky post to the Training page on the Portland ISSA webpage (, I mentioned the programs at Mt. Hood Community College, as well as These are both very good resources. The first has a number of 2-year programs for Information Security and the latter is continually adding new materials and certifications for self-study.

My teaching schedule is here:

I have a 2-day Critical Security Controls course outside of Spokane, WA in April and another in Cupertino for May, in case anyone wants to travel with me 🙂

I am partnering with Tenable to host a 5-part webcast series on the first 5 Critical Security Controls starting in May. I will post those up as they get closer.

Dont forget our upcoming March Hackathon 1/2 day symposium:

Happy 2017! Stay warm and I look forward to seeing you at the next event!

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