SANS to address the cyber security skill shortage in the Middle East

The course, "SEC561: Immersive Hands-on Hacking Techniques", will teach in-depth security capabilities

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SANS to address the cyber security skill shortage in the Middle East The course entails over 30 hours of intense lab sessions that prepare attendees to identify security flaws
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  February 6, 2017

SANS Institute intends to address the lack of qualified technical resources in the Middle East with its ‘most hands-on course ever'.

The course, titled "SEC561: Immersive Hands-on Hacking Techniques", is designed for penetration testers, vulnerability assessment personnel, auditors, and operations personnel. It will teach in-depth security capabilities for penetration testing and vulnerability assessment, combined with over 80% of hands-on exercises that closely model real-world scenarios.

The training leverages the NetWars challenge infrastructure which lets students interact with custom-developed scenarios built just for the course. It entails over 30 hours of intense lab sessions that prepare attendees to identify, exploit and address the flaws in network configurations, passwords and authentication, web application code, Windows and Linux server configuration, antivirus systems, and iOS and Android devices.

Erik Van Buggenhout, certified instructor at SANS Institute, said: "Businesses in the Middle East are heavily reliant on security technologies but these are only as good as the people configuring, utilising and maintaining them. Penetration testing and vulnerability assessment are particularly useful skills as they help uncover the most critical IT security flaws and thus enable organisations to make strategic investments that are optimised for their unique cyber security requirements."

According to SANS, businesses in the region have begun to make investments in IT security systems, however many have yet to realise that their IT personnel are not fully qualified to understand and efficiently operate these solutions.

SANS Institute is already accepting enrolment for the six day training which will be conducted at the Hilton Abu Dhabi from the 25th to the 30th of March 2017.

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