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Micah Hoffman

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Micah Hoffman has been active in the information technology field since 1998, working with federal government, commercial, and internal customers to discover and quantify cybersecurity weaknesses within their organizations. As a highly active member of the cybersecurity and OSINT communities, Micah uses his real-world Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT), penetration testing, and incident response experience to provide customized solutions to his customers and comprehensive instruction to his students. 

Micah found himself drawn to the world of computers from the time he got his first Apple IIe, and that comfort with technology eventually led him to an entry-level help desk job. Later positions in server maintenance and networking helped him move into cybersecurity consulting, working with companies like General Dynamics and Booz Allen Hamilton. In 2018, Micah founded his own consulting company, Spotlight Infosec, that focuses on OSINT and cyber security.

Over the years, Micah has conducted cyber-related tasks like penetration testing, OSINT investigations, APT hunting, and risk assessments for government, internal, and commercial customers. He took his first SANS course in the early 2000s. To date, he has earned several GIAC certifications, as well as a CISSP, and has shared his knowledge with others by speaking at multiple conferences and posting on his https://webbreacher.com blog.

Micah's SANS coursework, cybersecurity expertise, and inherent love of teaching eventually pulled him toward an instructional role, and he's been a SANS Certified Instructor since 2013. He's the author of the SANS course SEC487: Open Source Intelligence Gathering and Analysis, and also teaches both SEC542: Web App Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking and SEC567: Social Engineering for Penetration Testers.

Here is What Students Say About Micah Hoffman:

"Great instructor, well spoken, excitable about the subject." - Gharrett Worku, Paycom

"Micah's delivery was entertaining and engaging." - Paul Ryan, GDIT

"Instructor keeps students engaged.  Provides assistance when needed, excellent attitude." - Nathan Peterson

"Good pace - good depth of knowledge." - Robert Smith, Intel Corp

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