Chris Sanders, Founder, Applied Network Defense

Chris Sanders

Founder, Applied Network Defense

Chris Sanders is an information security author, trainer, and researcher originally from Mayfield, KY. He is the founder of Applied Network Defense, a company focused on delivering high quality, accessible information security training. In previous roles, Chris worked with the US Department of Defense, InGuardians, and Mandiant to build security operation centers and train practitioners focused on defending defense, government, and Fortune 500 networks. Chris is also the founder and director of the Rural Technology Fund, a non-profit that donates scholarships and equipment to public schools to further technical education in rural and high poverty areas. To date, the RTF has put computer science education resources into the hands of over 75,000 students.

Chris has authored several books and articles, including the international best seller “Practical Packet Analysis” from No Starch Press, currently in its third edition and in seven languages, and “Applied Network Security Monitoring” from Syngress. His current research focus is the intersection of cyber security and cognitive psychology with the goal of enhancing the field of infosec investigative disciplines through a better understanding of the human thought and learning processes.

Chris blogs at You can learn more about Applied Network Defense at and the RTF at