SANS continues Cyber Security training event in Saudi Arabia

The latest round of training sessions will be held in Khobar from the 2 – 7 December, 2017

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SANS continues Cyber Security training event in Saudi Arabia Ned Baltagi, managing director, Middle East & Africa at SANS.
By  Alexander Sophoclis Pieri Published  November 8, 2017

Ahead of the upcoming SANS Kobar 2017 cyber security training event, which will run from the 2 - 7 of December, 2017, SANS Institute has opened registration for two of its popular courses centred on cyber security essentials and protection of Industrial Control Systems (ICS).

Ned Baltagi, managing director, Middle East & Africa at SANS, said: "Digitising the economy is a cornerstone of Saudi Vision 2030, but with this comes the need to protect against a greatly increased attack surface area.

"Core industry verticals such as Oil & Gas, as well as government entities, have been repeatedly targeted with some of the most complex techniques in the recent past. It is therefore imperative for the Kingdom to develop home-grown cyber security experts who are professionally trained and certified."

Both the SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style and ICS410: ICS/SCADA Security Essentials courses are typically instructed within a ‘classroom style format', while also including hands-on exercises.

The SEC401 covers a number of security basics, which includes networking, secure communications, operating system security, and cyber defence. The course also help prep participants for the GSEC certification.

"Historically, ICS systems have been designed chiefly with automation and reliability in mind. But given that Shamoon and other internet-based attacks specifically targeted the industrial sector in the Kingdom, we are keen to help organisations harden their ICS defences," added Baltagi.

"By attending our training course, IT professionals will be able to increase the availability, reliability and safety of their ICS systems while reducing the business risk from cyber threats."

SANS Kobar 2017 will be held at the Sofitel Al Khobar in Khobar, Saudi Arabia.

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