Ned Baltagi, Managing Director, Middle East, Turkey and Africa at SANS Institute

Riyadh "Riyadh Daily"
SANS Institute to Empower Saudi Enterprises with SANS Riyadh Cyber Leaders Training Course

SANS Institute, the global leader in cyber security training and certifications, announced its upcoming training program SANS Riyadh Cyber Leaders 2023, to be held from August 20 - 24, 2023, at the JW Marriott Hotel Riyadh. In an increasingly complex threat landscape, this intensive course is designed to empower security leaders in managing risks, creating and leading high-performing security teams, and strategizing proactively.

The Saudi Arabian government, along with private organizations, has been investing in cybersecurity infrastructure, raising awareness about cyber threats, and implementing policies and regulations to strengthen cybersecurity capabilities in the country. Last month, Saudi Arabia secured second place in the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI), a testament to the Kingdom’s efforts in building an efficient and sustainable cybersecurity ecosystem. However, cyber threats have become more sophisticated and prevalent than ever before, making it imperative for governments, organizations and individuals to stay one step ahead of cybercriminals. 

Ned Baltagi, Managing Director, Middle East, Turkey and Africa at SANS Institute said, "With the rising frequency and sophistication of cyber threats, creating a culture of cybersecurity awareness within an organization is crucial. In the event of a cybersecurity breach, leaders must be able to respond quickly and effectively to minimize damage and ensure business continuity.

“Training is essential for developing competent leaders who can protect organizations from cyber threats, manage risks, and align security efforts with business objectives. Understanding risk is vital for making informed decisions on resource allocation and prioritizing security initiatives. Moreover, cybersecurity leaders must align security initiatives with broader business objectives and learn how to make decisions that contribute to the overall success of the organization,” continued Baltagi. 

SANS Riyadh Cyber Leaders 2023 will feature two modules led by certified industry experts and practitioners. MGT512: Security Leadership Essentials for Managers, led by Brian Ventura, will teach participants how to effectively communicate complex technical concepts to technical and non-technical stakeholders alike, collaborate with various departments, and appropriately plan and manage security projects and initiatives. Mark Williams will lead MGT514: Security Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership, where leaders will understand the tools and skills to bridge the gap between security staff and senior leadership by strategically planning how to build and run effective security programs. 

“There is a significant shortage of cybersecurity professionals with leadership capabilities, and SANS Riyadh Cyber Leaders can help bridge the skills gap by nurturing individuals who can lead teams, make informed decisions, and devise strategic plans to protect their organization's data,” Baltagi concluded.

The program will run from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM AST (except for August 20 – 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM AST), including breaks. SANS Institute offers both in-person and virtual Live Online training formats, allowing participants to choose the option that best suits their preferences and schedules. 

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About SANS Institute

The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Today, SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cybersecurity training and certification to professionals in government and commercial institutions worldwide. Renowned SANS instructors teach more than 60 courses at in-person and virtual cybersecurity events and OnDemand. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates practitioner skills through more than 35 hands-on, technical certifications in cybersecurity. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers master’s and bachelor’s degrees, graduate certificates, and an undergraduate certificate in cybersecurity. SANS Security Awareness, a division of SANS, provides organizations with a complete and comprehensive security awareness solution, enabling them to manage their “human” cybersecurity risk easily and effectively. SANS also delivers a wide variety of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, webcasts, podcasts, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet's early warning system–the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to support and educate the global information security community.

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