SANS to hold its Biggest Ever Gulf Region cyber security training event in Dubai

Ten courses covering incident response, threat hunting, digital forensics, hacker and network tools and forensics

The risk to data and network security is a growing problem, said Baltagi.
The risk to data and network security is a growing problem, said Baltagi.

SANS Institute will hold its biggest GCC training event in Dubai in November.

Ten information security training courses will be taught by SANS’ instructors from November 16th to the 28th 2019.

The Gulf Region as a whole has become increasingly 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 also become a key target of both nation state cybercriminals and hacktivists.

Ned Baltagi, SANS Institute managing director for the Middle East and Africa said: “As organisations in the Gulf Region continue to come 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 professionals how to protect 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.”

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 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.

One of the key courses at the event 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 crucial aspect 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 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 teaches the skills needed 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.

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