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SANS Dubai to address cybersecurity skills shortage in Middle East

SANS Institute has announced that it is holding its next renowned immersion-style Cyber Security Training programme in Dubai to address the region’s growing cybersecurity skills shortage.

Ned Baltagi, SANS Institute
Ned Baltagi, SANS Institute

SANS Dubai 2019, which will be held at the Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Beach from 26th to 30th January 2019, will feature three of SANS’ best-performing cyber security classes to help participants develop the required skills to defend their organisations against security breaches and prevent future attacks.

As the pace of digital transformation accelerates in the Middle East, business leaders have stressed that digitising is the only way to remain competitive in the new marketplace.

According to Gartner, skills challenges continue to plague organisations that undergo digitisation, with digital security staffing shortages considered a top inhibitor to innovation. Reports state that the worldwide workforce is heading for a shortfall of 1.8m cybersecurity workers by 2022 and the industry is not attracting newcomers to fill the gap. This is exacerbated in the Middle East, where organisations typically have smaller IT teams and therefore struggle to keep on top of new threats and technologies.

According to Mr. Baltagi, a big advantage of such training initiatives is the creation of new recruitment and training avenues. “Organisations need to transform their security strategy and build resilience across the enterprise and this can only be done by having properly trained professionals that can take the right approach to security. Our mission at SANS is to deliver cutting-edge information security knowledge and skills to all students in order to protect people and assets. At the heart of everything we do is the SANS promise that students will be able to use the new skills they have learned as soon as they return to work. That promise can be seen in action at SANS Dubai January 2019.”

SANS Dubai 2019 will offer participants the opportunity to learn directly from the world’s top cyber security practitioners. Attendees will have a chance to choose from three of SANS’ best performing cyber security classes and accelerate their career with hands-on, immersion-style training. Cyber security experts, Tim Medin, Dave Shackleford and Erik Van Buggenhout will conduct training sessions on SEC460: Enterprise Threat and Vulnerability Assessment,  SEC545: Cloud Security Architecture and Operations and SEC599: Defeating Advanced Adversaries – Purple Team Tactics & Kill Chain Defenses respectively.

New to Dubai, in SEC599, Erik van Buggenhout shows delegates how to bring together red and blue teams for maximum effect. Recognising that a prevent-only strategy is not sufficient, the course focuses on current attack strategies and how they can be effectively mitigated and detected using a Kill Chain structure.

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