SANS Institute at GISEC 2024


The SANS CISO Network will also take place during GISEC

SANS Institute will be participating in GISEC 2024, taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from April 23 to 25.  

“AI is transforming industries across the globe, but it remains a double-edged sword in cybersecurity. While it enables more sophisticated and automated threat detection, adversaries are simultaneously leveraging AI to launch more complex and adaptive attacks. Yes, AI can significantly improve security postures, but ongoing research and training are crucial – and this is where the SANS Institute comes in. We recently launched a new training course, AIS247: AI Security Essentials for Business Leaders, that delves into the unprecedented adoption of GenAI tools in business and the pivotal role of cybersecurity in AI development. With courses like AIS247, professionals can better understand the risks in AI implementation and develop secure organizational AI frameworks,” said Ned Baltagi, Managing Director – Middle East, Turkey and Africa, SANS Institute.

“We want to instill a culture of continuous cybersecurity learning, especially now in the Middle East, where industries such as critical infrastructure, financial services, and government entities are particularly at risk of AI-driven cyber-attacks. Platforms like GISEC connect us with government leaders, regional and international industry players, and partners to engage on how we can mitigate these risks and to discuss proactive steps towards tightening cybersecurity measures within these sectors,” continued Baltagi.

His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Hamad Al-Kuwaiti, Head of the UAE Cyber Security Council, welcomes participants in the GISEC Global 2024, expressing his delight at their participation in this significant event. He said that cybersecurity is a critical issue in today’s interconnected world. “We in the UAE fully understand the importance of protecting our digital assets against growing threats.” Dr. Al-Kuwaiti will be presenting the opening keynote, followed by sessions with James Lyne, SANS Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, and Kevin Ripa, SANS Senior Instructor. They will highlight best practices for CISOs in 2024, including considerations around GenAI, zero trust implementation, cloud expertise for security teams, and why CISOs must maintain synergy between an organization’s human expertise, processes, and technology.

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