Biggest Ever Gulf Region Cyber Security Training Event in Dubai, Announces SANS

• Providing world-renowned cyber security training to help protect organisations in the Gulf region
• Ten key courses covering incident response, threat hunting, digital forensics, hacker and network tools and forensics
• Two DFIR Netwars evening tournaments test security professionals’ skills in real-world scenarios

SANS Institute, the world head in cyber security training and certification, comes back to Dubai in November with its greatest yet Gulf Region event. With ten essential information security training courses taught by SANS’ profoundly qualified, in fact skilled instructors, the occasion will keep running over two weeks from November 16th – 28th 2019.

The Gulf Region as a whole has turned out to be progressively digitalised over the past 5-10 years. As a result and also due to its geopolitical and strategic importance on the world stage, the region has turned into a key target of both nation state cybercriminals and hacktivists.

The two-week SANS Gulf Region November occasion will furnish security experts in the GCC with the profound specialized abilities and knowledge they require to keep ahead of today’s cyber criminals and to protect organisations in the region.

Courses cover areas such as incident response, threat hunting, digital forensics, hacker and network tools and forensics, and reverse engineering, together with a vast variety of other red, blue and purple team skills. Attendees can also attend two DFIR NetWars tournaments at the event, which are included free with any 4-6-day course registration. NetWars is a unique tool as it truly tests a blue team's capabilities to perform in real-world situations, solving the kinds of challenges that are commonly found during a major cyber security incident. DFIR NetWars Tournament also helps organisations identify areas where their response teams might need additional knowledge.

Ned Baltagi, SANS Institute Managing Director of the Middle East and Africa states, “As organisations in the Gulf Region keep on going under attack from cyber criminals, the risk to their data and network security is a growing problem. Each SANS course is designed to train cybersecurity experts how to ensure their organisations against cyber attacks, whether these are sophisticated nation-state driven attacks on critical and national infrastructure, or the ever-increasing attacks targeting data theft from organisations. SANS Institute remains committed to increasing the levels of self-reliance among organisations in GCC countries and, as always, our mission is to deliver cutting-edge information security knowledge and skills to all students in order to protect people and assets.”

One of the key courses at the occasion will be SANS FOR610: Reverse-Engineering Malware: Malware Analysis Tools and Techniques, instructed by Jess Garcia. Designed for forensic investigators, incident responders, security engineers and IT administrators, the skills taught will enable the examination of malicious programs targeting Windows systems. A vital part of the course is the lab time demonstrating real-world malware samples and allowing attendees to experience hands-on workshop exercises, a, with pre-built Windows and Linux virtual machines that include tools for examining and interacting with malware.

Another famous course running at the Gulf Region event is SEC599: Defeating Advanced Adversaries - Purple Team Tactics & Kill Chain Defenses, instructed by Erik van Buggenhout and Michel Coene, which trains the skills expected to defeat advanced adversaries, purple team tactics and kill chain defences. A prevent-only strategy is no longer sufficient to protect organisations from cyber attacks, so the course is designed to introduce security controls aimed at stopping, detecting, and responding to adversaries.

Also teaching during the Dubai event is Chris Dale, SANS instructor and Head of Penetration Testing & Incident Handling at Netsecurity, a Norwegian company. At November’s Gulf Region event, Chris will be teaching SEC504: Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling. He says: “SANS SEC504 helps participants not only to learn attack techniques, incident response and tools, but also to secure a fundamental and important baseline of information. This will aid the participants in further understanding new cyber security challenges. SANS instructors have hands-on experience from real-life hacking and incidents, and this paired with the course material, develops highly qualified security professionals for years to come. The strong and challenging GIAC certification process is both theoretical and practical, ensuring candidates prove their worth, and that organisations hire talented individuals who provide immediate results.”

SANS will also be hosting The Level Up Roadshow in Dubai on November 18, 2019 and November 25, 2019, to offer security enthusiasts and experts the chance to get a taste of a SANS event and get a chance to hear SANS instructors talking about what it takes to get into cyber security and what makes an incredible digital forensicator, pentester or cyber defender.

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