SANS Institute announces SANS Middle East April 2020 CyberCast

SANS Institute has announced SANS Middle East April 2020 CyberCast, a hands-on, virtual event to be held from April 11 to April 16, 2020. The week-long immersion training event has been newly scheduled to meet demand in the region and, like all SANS training, will provide delegates with the skills needed to defend their organizations against security breaches and prevent future attacks at a time of increased activity among cybercriminals.

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak worldwide, SANS Institute has therefore modified several of their live events into virtual CyberCasts, allowing those now confined to their home or office environment to still train and maintain the necessary cybersecurity skills. In addition to the live, interactive sessions delivered directly from the exceptional faculty of SANS instructors, students will get much more to ensure they are challenged. This will include access to free SANS@Mic talks (bonus sessions during which instructors will cover current topics and new SANS courses), online Netwars challenges, Capture the Flag challenges and much more.

“Cyber threat actors are always looking at opportunities to exploit organizational vulnerabilities. The ongoing global health outbreak has stretched government, public sector, and private sector resources to the limit across the Middle East. Cybersecurity readiness and monitoring are likely moving down the everyday checklist of top executive management leaders in both critical infrastructure and large enterprises across the GCC and other Middle East countries. However, it’s important cybersecurity remains a top priority at a time when cybercriminals are stepping up their activities.” explained Ned Baltagi, Managing Director, Middle East & Africa at SANS Institute. He continued: “SANS Institute has selected this suite of courses based on the requirements of these times to enable security professionals to keep their skills sharp. As always with a SANS course, delegates can apply their learning from day one back at work.”

The CyberCast courses will include:
SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style by Ian Reynolds
SEC504: Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling by Ronald Hamann
SEC511: Continuous Monitoring and Security Operations by Maxim Deweerdt
FOR500: Windows Forensic Analysis by Jason Jordaan

“SANS has offered online training options for more than 15 years. The platforms we are providing during Middle East 2020 CyberCast have been well and truly battle-tested to ensure they can deliver the exceptional hands-on cybersecurity training that the community expects. At SANS, we have trained thousands of students on these platforms that deliver the same learning outcomes as traditional live training,” concluded Ned Baltagi.

Students can sign up for GIAC certification at a reduced rate in conjunction with some of the courses at this event. Once a certification option has been purchased, students will have four months after the event concludes to successfully pass the associated online exam. Students can also extend their learning by adding an OnDemand Bundle to the course at a reduced rate. An OnDemand Bundle gives four months of online access to e-learning program, lecture video or audio files, quizzes and labs.