SANS Institute Announces Interactive Cyber Security Training to Upskill Security Professionals in Saudi Arabia


SANS Institute, the global leader in cyber security training and certifications, has announced its upcoming live online training program SANS Kingdom Cloud Security 2021, to be held from 11th – 16th September. Designed to build practical cyber security skills that can be implemented immediately, the event will empower security professionals in Saudi Arabia and the GCC region with the knowledge and the expertise needed to protect organisations and their assets.

In a report released in March 2021, cyber security firm Kaspersky found Saudi Arabia experienced 7 million cyberattacks in just the first three months of 2021. The jump was in sync with the Saudi government’s announcement restricting office work and other activities. The country was also subjected to more than 22.5 million brute force attacks in 2020 on Windows computers running remote desktop protocols (RDPs). Meanwhile, a staggering 95 per cent of Saudi businesses have experienced at least one cyber-attack.

“In this post-pandemic world, it has become increasingly critical for organisations in Saudi Arabia and the GCC to bring in more cyber security practitioners – or upskill existing cybersecurity teams – to keep up with the rapidly evolving threat landscape. SANS Kingdom Cloud Security 2021 will provide an immersive training experience, while imparting industry relevant and innovative content, alongside skills and techniques that will empower security professionals to defend organisations against breaches and future attacks, no matter how sophisticated they may be”, said Ned Baltagi, Managing Director, Middle East and Africa at SANS Institute.

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At SANS Kingdom Cloud Security 2021, expert instructors and real-world practitioners will conduct live-streamed sessions to impart practical cyber security training. The event will have hands-on labs in a virtual environment and courses supported by electronic and printed books, including several that align with GIAC certifications.

Professionals registering for the SANS Kingdom Cloud Security 2021 event will be eligible to join an exclusive NetWars Tournament, which is a suite of hands-on, interactive learning scenarios that enable participants at all skill levels to develop and master real-world, in-depth skills needed to excel. NetWars features cutting-edge challenges and compelling integrated storylines.

Participants will also be able to participate in SANS Summits, where they can elevate their knowledge, skills and industry connections. Summits bring together cybersecurity practitioners and leading experts to share and discuss case studies, lessons learned, new tools and innovative strategies.