SANS Institute announces its Live Online Spring Training for the Gulf

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Regional and global threat actors continue to target the Gulf region driving up the value cost of data breaches, and reinforcing the need for continuous upgrade of cyber security skills and trained resources through online training programs.

Ned Baltagi, Managing Director – Middle East and Africa at SANS Institute

Dubai, UAE:  SANS Institute, the global leader in cyber security training and certifications, announced its upcoming live online training program titled the ‘Gulf Region Spring 2021’ to be held from March 13-18th, 2021. The program will include courses on security and incident response and forensics. 

“The Middle East continues to be targeted by both global and regional threat actors. As the number of high net-worth families and professionals continues to rise in the region, specifically in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, as well as with continuing geo-political tensions, there is continuous rise in sophisticated cyber threats and attacks. The amount of financial damage suffered from a data breach continues to rise in the region, and there is an immediate need to increase the skills and number of certified resources available in cyber security,” says Ned Baltagi, Managing Director – Middle East and Africa at SANS Institute.  

The Ponemon Institute and IBM Security survey also found that remote work is negatively impacting the average cost of a data breach and the response time for remediation. Having a remote workforce was found to increase the global average cost of a data breach from $3.86 million by nearly $0.14 million.

“The hybrid mode of remote working is here to stay and looks like we will continue with remote logins and virtual private networks for much of 2021. With the process of securing the organizations networks, endpoints, applications, and data centres in the post pandemic world, the “new normal” looks more challenging than ever before. SANS is committed to increase the level of cyber security skills and the number of skilled and certified professions in the region, through our Live Online courses and training programs in 2021,” Baltagi adds.

The instructors for the courses for the upcoming Gulf Region Spring online event are Keith Palmgren for SEC301: Introduction to Cyber Security GISF; Chris Christianson for SEC566: Implementing and Auditing the Critical Security Controls In-Depth GCCC; Francesco Picasso for FOR508: Advanced Incident Response, Threat Hunting, and Digital Forensics GCFA; and Kevin Holvoet for FOR578: Cyber Threat Intelligence GCTI.       

By registering for Gulf Region Spring 2021, participants can advance their career, develop skills to protect their organization and can take advantage of live online training with world class cyber security practitioners. 

Participation at Gulf Region Spring 2021, will also help them make contact and network with like-minded security professionals from the region, who are facing similar career and organizational challenges. The Live Online classes begin at 12 noon and end at 8PM, Gulf Standard Time.

Most important, registering at Gulf Region Spring 2021 also includes complementary participation in SANS’ renowned NetWars Tournament. NetWars Tournaments allows participants to apply what they have learnt during their SANS classes, while also learning new skills and tricks playing against peers. 

With their Gulf Region Spring 2021 registration, participants are eligible to join the SANS DFIR NetWars Tournaments to be held on 25-26 March. DFIR NetWars is an incident simulator packed with forensic, malware analysis, threat hunting, and incident response challenges designed to help give proficiency, without the risks associated when working in real life incidents. 

SANS Live Online offers live, interactive streaming sessions direct from instructors. It includes bonus topical presentations, cyber range challenges, networking via chat channels, and live access to SANS instructors.

About SANS Institute:

The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals at governments and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach over 60 different courses at more than 200 live cyber security training events as well as online. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates a practitioner’s qualifications via over 35 hands-on, technical certifications in cyber security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers master’s degrees in cyber security. SANS offers a myriad of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet’s early warning system—the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to help the entire information security community.