SANS Institute to provide specialised security training event

SANS Institute to provide specialised security training event

SANS Institute announced SANS Abu Dhabi February 2024, a specialised training event in ICS security and incident response tactics.

Hosted at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, from February 24 to 29, 2024, SANS Abu Dhabi will target how the cybersecurity industry can safeguard critical infrastructure through advanced industrial control systems (ICS) training, and teach advanced skills to hunt, identify, counter, and recover from a wide range of threats within enterprise networks.

In 2023, the UAE fortified its cybersecurity framework, countering approximately 50,000 daily cyberattacks targeting pivotal sectors such as banking, finance, health, and oil and gas.

Ned Baltagi, Managing Director of the Middle East, Turkey and Africa, of SANS Institute said: “The cybersecurity landscape remains dynamic, and looking ahead to 2024, the Middle East can expect a surge in the unique challenges of ICS security, reflecting the region’s strategic position in sectors crucial to its digital resilience, such as oil and gas.

“Attacks against critical infrastructure are not only increasing in volume but also growing in sophistication. Adversaries are exploiting both ICS and IT environments to achieve malicious goals, posing risks to safety and engineering operations. The global escalation in ransomware events against ICS environments shows no signs of slowing down, and the impact extends beyond IT support services, potentially affecting ICS operations.”

Baltagi added: “ICS/OT assets should not be compared to traditional IT assets. To fortify defenses against evolving threat groups aiming for disruption, downtime, and safety impacts, critical infrastructure owners and operators must prioritize ICS-specific security training for their teams, ensuring they are certified and well-equipped to face the challenges ahead. Moreover, ongoing training in threat hunting and incident response ensures that cybersecurity professionals remain adept at handling the evolving landscape of cyber threats. As the UAE continues to position itself as a global hub, maintaining a robust cybersecurity posture through proactive threat hunting and effective incident response is integral to protecting critical systems.”

SANS Abu Dhabi 2024 will offer two courses through both in-person training and simultaneous live online sessions which include: FOR508: Advanced Incident Response, Threat Hunting, and Digital Forensics and ICS410: ICS/SCADA Security Essentials.

Additionally, on February 26 from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, SANS Instructor Christopher Robinson will host a SANS Community Night session on ‘OT Penetration Testing – Lessons Learned from Penetration Testing Operational Environments.’

He will present lessons learned and challenges faced while performing a penetration test on ICS/OT environments, especially how the goals and scope will differ from a traditional IT penetration test.

For more information visit the SANS Abu Dhabi February 2024 website.