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Savvy cybersecurity pros benefit from host of free resources to step up fight against hackers and cyber threats

Sponsored Post They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but in fact there’s a veritable feast of valuable resources online for infosec professionals which won’t cost you anything.

The hard bit, of course, is knowing where to look for them. Mitch Kapor, the American entrepreneur and application developer who brought the world – among other things – Lotus 1-2-3, famously said that getting information from the internet was like taking a drink from the fire hydrant.

But cybersecurity professionals can avoid drowning in the online data deluge by taking advantage of the host of technical, training and educational resources from the SANS Institute. Launched in 1989 as a cooperative for information security thought leadership, the organisation provides training, certifications, scholarship academies, degree programs, cyber ranges, and pretty much everything else you can think of to meet the needs of cyber professionals.

It also offers a unique package of resources that help infosec pros keep themselves and their organisations safe from cyber criminals and cyber attacks. And notably there is a wide array of top-quality resources offered by SANS for free.

These include Free Tools & Workstations created by SANS Instructors that are designed to support your work and help you implement better security. Fo­cus areas for these open source tools include cloud security, cyber defence, digital forensics/incident response and penetration testing/red teaming.

There is also a cache of handy Posters & Cheat sheets that deliver clear visual displays of cyber tips, tools, and techniques covering key cyber security topic areas. These are accompanied by a vault of authoritative Whitepapers – written by internationally recognised security experts – which give detailed technical research across all infosec practice areas.

Added to these resources there are SANS Blogs and Podcasts to keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the industry. Also worth bookmarking and visiting on a regular basis, is the one-stop-shop Internet Storm Center, which monitors the level of malicious activity on the internet, particularly with regard to large-scale infrastructure events.

Best of all, these resources are offered free of charge.

Cybersecurity professionals can join the Community here to get access to cutting-edge cyber security news, training, and free tools that simply can’t be found anywhere else.

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