SANS Institute to Focus on Cyber Resilience and Training at GISEC 2021

SANS Institute has confirmed that it will be the Official Training Partner for the Gulf Information Security Expo & Conference (GISEC), to be held at the Dubai World Trade Center from May 31 to June 2, 2021. GISEC has emerged as the Arab world’s largest and most impactful cybersecurity event, and SANS Institute will bring several new products likes Cyber Ranges, SANS Foundations and CyberStart to the event, and also display its latest range of world-leading training courses and certifications that promote cyber resilience and empower organizations to deal with security challenges in the post-pandemic new normal.

“The pandemic has forced organizations to accelerate their digital transformation initiatives, which has put them at risk in new and unprecedented ways. Cybersecurity is now front and center of these initiatives. However, the gap for cybersecurity jobs is widening and organizations need to act now to equip and train their staff with skills to deliver best-in-class defense. At GISEC 2021, we plan to highlight this message and demonstrate how our programs can help organizations arm themselves against potential cyber-attacks and narrow the cybersecurity skills gap,” said Ned Baltagi, Managing Director Middle East and Africa, SANS Institute.

Cyber Ranges is a comprehensive suite of hands-on ranges that come with industry-leading interactive learning scenarios. SANS BootUp CTF, for example, is a collection of challenges that help beginners and intermediate players build fundamental hands-on skills in a wide set of cybersecurity disciplines; NetWars Tournaments & Continuous provides cutting-edge cyber challenges within an integrated storyline; and NetWars CyberCity is a kinetic cyber range for learning how to analyze and assess the security of control systems and related infrastructures, and find vulnerabilities that could result in significant kinetic impact.

Cyber42 Cybersecurity Leadership Simulation Games deliver the ultimate hands-on challenges for testing and building your cybersecurity management skills; Jupiter Rockets provides an in-depth offensive simulation for pen testers and red teamers; while Cyber Situational Training eXercise (Cyber STX) is a premiere in-depth training and validation cyber range.

SANS Institute will also talk about SANS Foundations, which has been designed to impart core knowledge and develop practical skills in computers, technology, and security foundations. The course features a comprehensive variety of innovative, hands-on labs and practical exercises that go far beyond what is offered in any other foundational course in cybersecurity. The labs are developed by leading subject-matter experts, drawing on the latest technology, techniques, and concepts in cybersecurity.

CyberStart Game is an online gamified learning platform used in the classroom or accessed at home. It is available to students, teachers and young adults across the Middle East and Africa region. CyberStart Game is designed to teach complex security concepts, while promoting self-exploration and investigation over traditional learning methods. Participants can play over 200 challenges, and are in control of their learning as they train at pace that suits their ability.

SANS Institute has been working with government and commercial organizations in the region, helping upskill security professionals and introduce new talent into the cybersecurity industry. Visitors to GISEC 2021 can drop by at Booth C14 to interact with experts from SANS Institute.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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