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SANS Institute enhances cybersecurity skills in Qatar with SANS Doha May 2023

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

SANS Institute, the global leader in cyber security training and certifications, announced its upcoming training program SANS Doha May 2023, to be held from May 27 – June 1, 2023. The courses offered will qualify participants with a comprehensive set of incident response skills for cloud and traditional systems, as well as strategies to defend industrial control system environments against emerging cyber threats.

Qatar’s cybersecurity industry has flourished exponentially, with the cybersecurity market in Qatar estimated at US $1,016.7 million in 2022, and expected to grow by 12.7% annually to reach US $1,642.3 million in 2026. Reinforcing this, since its inception in 2021, Qatar’s National Cyber Security Agency (NCSA) has enhanced Qatar’s legal framework to strengthen cybersecurity priorities, ensuring government employees receive regular cybersecurity training and working with IT stakeholders to improve the nation’s cyber resiliency. The Qatari government has also been proactive regarding the security of its IT infrastructure, pre-emptively defending systems and addressing threats ahead of time.

“At SANS Institute, we are aligned with Qatar’s 2030 vision of facilitating a cyber-safe, digital society. Considering the prevalence of cloud security today, modern cloud and on-premises systems are essentially designed to prevent compromise, but in best practice, detection and response are crucial”, says Ned Baltagi, Managing Director, Middle East and Africa at SANS Institute. “How incidents are managed to minimise loss to the firm will determine whether or not your organisation makes headlines for data breaches. SANS Doha May 2023 will enable professionals to get into the mindset of attackers, understand their tactics, and use that insight to anticipate their moves and create stronger defences for their organisations”.

SANS Doha May 2023 will feature two modules led by certified industry experts and practitioners. SEC504: Hacker Tools, Techniques, and Incident Handling, led by SANS principal instructor Chris Dale, will examine the latest threats to organisations. SEC504 will delve into how attackers scan, exploit, pivot, and establish persistence in the cloud and conventional systems, delivering the skills to conduct thorough incident response investigations and develop threat intelligence to mount effective defence strategies for cloud and on-premises platforms. Chris will also host a bonus session – ‘Proactive Cyber Defence with Offensive Security Operations Centres’, on Monday, May 29, from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Register here to attend virtually.

Chris Robinson will lead ICS410: ICS/SCADA Security Essentials. The course provides a foundational set of standardised engineering practices and real-time control system IT/OT support, designed to ensure that the workforce involved in supporting and defending ICS environments is confident in keeping the operational environment safe, secure, and resilient.

SANS Doha May 2023 will run from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM AST (with the exception of May 27, with classes from 8:30 AM to 7:15 PM AST), including breaks. With flexible training formats available, participants can also opt for a virtual, Live Online program.

The event offers high-quality training and insights for cybersecurity professionals in the region, which they can implement immediately to secure their organisations and advance their careers. For more information or to register for SANS Doha May 2023, please visit https://www.sans.org/cyber-security-training-events/doha-may-2023/.

Participants can avail of an Early Bird Offer and save $500 USD using the code “EarlyBird23ME” when they pay for any 4-6 day course by 12 April 2023.

Cyber-professionals can also look forward to SANS Doha September 2023 (16-21 September 2023), coming later this year.

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