I’ve finally completed the MSISE program at the SANS Technology Institute. This really was an incredible journey. I wouldn’t have guessed myself to be a person who would pursue graduate school, but when the topic is something you truly enjoy learning about, the effort is much easier.

I really liked how applicable the coursework was for my day job. There was very little abstract theory – every day I was working on something I was learning something I could bring back to work. These books live on a bookshelf right next to my desk, and are opened often – luckily I have good indexes created (thanks largely to this blog post).

I can’t say enough good things about this program. If you’re looking for a hands-on MS for cybersecurity, I don’t think you’ll find much better than this, though I am biased.

There are many paths you can take through the program. Here is my course list, in order:

I have not obtained the GSE yet as the labs have not been offered since the start of COVID. This is something I will be watching closely and plan to sign up for the next offering.

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