SANS Institute Abu Dhabi training to focus on ICS defence

Industrial control systems are inherently insecure, as they are built chiefly with automation and reliability in mind

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SANS Institute Abu Dhabi training to focus on ICS defence Industrial control systems are inherently insecure, as they are built chiefly with automation and reliability in mind.
By  David Ndichu Published  March 11, 2018

SANS Institute, which provides cyber security training globally, will hold ‘SANS Abu Dhabi 2018’ a series of training courses focused on helping regional cyber security professionals skill-up in digital forensics, intrusion detection, and the defence of industrial control systems (ICS).

Historically, ICS systems have been designed chiefly with automation and reliability in mind. But given that Shamoon and other internet-based attacks have specifically targeted the industrial sector in the Middle East, there is a clear need to reassess the effectiveness of current ICS defences.

Professor Thomas Brandstetter, who is teaching the ICS Security Essentials course, observed that both information technology and operational technology roles have converged in today's industrial control system environments, hence the need for a common understanding between the various groups who support or rely on these systems. “Those attending the ICS course will learn the language, the theory, and the basic tools for securing industrial control systems across a wide range of industry sectors and applications,” Brandstetter added.  

The five-day ICS410: ICS/SCADA Security Essentials course will run from the 8th of April. Other courses featured in SANS Abu Dhabi 2018 include FOR500: Windows Forensic Analysis and SEC503: Intrusion Detection In-Depth.

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