SANS Institute announced SANS San Francisco Spring 2020, taking place March 16-27 in California.

The event offers an opportunity for students to take back-to-back immersion training courses or choose the week that works best for their schedule. In addition to classroom training, Dr. Johannes Ullrich (@johullrich), Director of the SANS Internet Storm Center (ISC) will give a keynote talk, “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love TLS.”

Transport Layer Security (TLS) is a critical security tool to protect data in transit, says SANS. Currently, 80 to 90 percent of web traffic takes advantage of TLS because it offers strong privacy protections for most users, with minimal impact to performance. On the downside, security teams struggle with a loss of visibility, notes SANS. 

“As more and more network traffic is encrypted, it becomes increasingly difficult to create meaningful network defenses for traffic inspection,” explains Dr. Ullrich. “Data leakage and malware command and control traffic are just two issues that are difficult to detect with the ubiquity of strong encryption. Join me in San Francisco where I will discuss modern developments, like TLS 1.3 and DNS over HTTPS, and share how to strike a balance between privacy and visibility when monitoring a corporate network.”

In addition to his evening talk, Dr. Ullrich will teach DEV522: Defending Web Applications Security Essentials. This course is designed to help defenders better understand web application vulnerabilities so they can properly defend their organization's web assets. Dev522 is intended for anyone tasked with implementing, managing, or protecting Web applications.

SANS San Francisco Spring 2020 features 14 hands-on immersion training courses designed for all skill levels. Included on the course line-up are SEC301: Introduction to Cyber Security, SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style, SEC460: Enterprise Threat and Vulnerability Assessment, SEC540: Cloud Security and DevOps Automation, FOR500: Windows Forensic Analysis, FOR518: Mac and iOS Forensic Analysis and Incident Response and more. Attendees also have the opportunity to test their security skills at the Core NetWars Tournament.

For a complete list of courses and instructors, or to register for SANS San Francisco Spring 2020, visit: