Insider’s Guide to a SANS Conference – Day 5
This was the last day for the Management 512 “Security Leadership Essentials for Manager’s” course. Day 5 was a Management Practicum.
The Day 5 material was the most focused on pure management with less attention on technical information. The topics included understanding legal liability and managing technical employees.
As a management “practicum”, I was hoping for more scenarios, role-play, or exercises. That being said, the class did have an outstanding discussion on the topics at hand.
MGMT 512 uses a trademarked feature called “Knowledge Compression”. Most of the full length courses are 6 days. There are also a handful of one day courses that are being offered, so the conference runs throughout this weekend.
I had a GREAT time participating in the SANS work-study program. One of the most memorable moments was when the hotel staff asked if we wanted to jump in a bounce house they set up. Apparently they had it set up to model to a different group and thought someone should get some use out of it before they deflated it.
We collectively thought it would be a good idea to get a picture of us all jumping around with and post it on the website with a caption of “Volunteering at SANS is fun!”. Well, the bounce house had a “structural failure”. To make a long story short, I ended up folded like a taco in a corner of the bounce house with everything collapsing around me. Needless to say, we were all laughing pretty hard. Hopefully, I can get a copy of one of the pictures taken. Check out the SANS website if you are interested in their work-study program – I highly recommend it!