SANS Institute to improve critical cyber-security skills in Saudi Arabia

July 3, 2019 • Security

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

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

The SANS Institute, a private U.S. for-profit company specializing in cyber-security training, has announced a training event for cyber-security professionals in Saudi Arabia called SANS Riyadh 2019. The event will take place from 28 July 2019 to 1 August 2019 at the Burj Rafal Hotel Kempinski in Riyadh. The event will focus on developing important skills in critical security and strategic security planning.

SANS Riyadh 2019 will comprise of two courses: Implementing and Auditing the Critical Security Controls; and Security Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership. These courses will be conducted by global cyber-security experts Brian Ventura and Mark Williams respectively. Brian Ventura is an Information Security Architect with 20 years of experience, which includes work in consulting and experience in both the private and public sector. Mark Williams is the Principal Systems Security Officer at BlueCross BlueShield of Tennesse and has authorised and taught courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels. In addition to this, Williams has delivered seminars across the globe.

“Nation-state cyber-attacks targeting sensitive critical infrastructure and large-scale enterprises are now a norm that all governments worldwide have to consider. Our courses are designed to train cybersecurity professionals in Saudi Arabia to counter such sophisticated nation-state driven attacks on the Kingdom’s critical and national infrastructure,” said Ned Baltagi, Managing Director, Middle East & Africa at SANS Institute. “As well as our trademark, deeply technical courses, we also have courses designed to help governments and enterprises build cybersecurity strategies inside organizations to increase their cyber resilience. SANS Institute is committed to increasing the levels of self-reliance among organizations in Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries,” Baltagi added.

A royal decree was issued in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in July 2018 that urged government agencies to improve and upgrade their cyber-security in order to protect electronic data and network systems. The decree also urged the agencies to follow the guidelines set by the National Cyber-security Agency. The National Cyber0security Agency, in October 2018, issued a core cyber-security controls document that instructed that minimum standards have to be applied in national agencies in order to minimalise the risk of cyber-threats. The document applies to government, private and public institutions.

The Implementing and Auditing the Critical Security Controls course is a comprehensive course that will instruct people on how to implement critical security controls using a prioritized, risk-based approach to security. The Security Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership course will instruct people on how to use tools in order to become an effective security business leader. The course will also instruct people on how to create an efficient information security policy, as well as develop critical leadership and management skills in order to effectively motivate and lead teams.

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