SANS has added a new capture the flag malware analysis tournament at SANS Network Security 2013, where participants are expected to get an opportunity to test and strengthen the skills they learned earlier in a fun, game-like format.
The company has added the capture the flag challenges as the sixth and final day of the newly-expanded FOR610: Reverse Engineering Malware course.
"These new hands-on exercises are very challenging, as they were built on 100 percent live malware which is representative of what participants will have to reverse-engineer when they return to their jobs," said Jake Williams, malware analysis expert and author of day six.
Williams believes that once the participants have completed the challenges on day six, they will be better prepared to function as malware reverse engineers in an operational setting.
Lenny Zeltser, security expert and malware course author, said that the most recent expansion of the course is consistent with the increasing demands being placed on malware analysts.
It has gradually expanded through the years from a one day course, to two days, then to four days, then five, and now six, because the set of fundamental skills that analysts need to have in this field have been growing, Zeltser said.
Students now have more opportunity to practice with real-world malware, giving them a strong foundation for entering the field or expanding their expertise, he said.
The SANS Forensics Reverse Engineering Malware course, associated with the GIAC GREM certification, is designed for technologists who protect their organization from malicious code.
Established in 1989, the SANS Institute (News - Alert), a cooperative research and education organization, is one of the largest sources for the information security training and security certification in the world, offering more than 50 training courses.
Last month in July, SANS held a webinar series in partnership with CrowdStrike, a global provider of security technologies and services, to provide educational insight into preventing threats affecting enterprises today.
Edited by Rachel Ramsey