SANS Institute supports the thriving Welsh cyber ecosystem by bringing world-leading cyber security training to Cardiff for the first time at the end of September.
They will be running a week-long Cardiff event to increase accessibility of SANS cyber security training for businesses and organisations that are part of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem.
The move recognises what has been a well-kept secret for several years – Wales has a thriving cyber ecosystem, with large companies like Airbus, Thales, BT, AML, and General Dynamics, and indeed SANS itself, choosing to locate either their European headquarters or significant cyber operations in and around South Wales. A number of cyber focused military units are also based in Wales, and the area around Newport is home to large government organisations such as Companies House, the Passport office, and the Office for National Statistics, with the DVLA further West in Swansea, all of which process vast quantities of UK citizens’ data and have a high level of responsibility to keep that data safe. These huge consumers of cyber have supported, and are being supported, by a vast network of cyber specialist SMEs.
Stephen Jones, SANS MD for the UK and Nordics, says: ‘All of this cyber activity in South Wales means that there is a significant need to develop cyber talent in the region and keep current the skills of those already working in the cyber industry in Wales. It’s a perfect time for us to launch SANS Cardiff, which will enable security professionals in the region to further develop their skills and knowledge, extending South Wales’ cyber threat capabilities.”
Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, sums it up: “The world is changing rapidly and skills in cyber security will be vital for any organisation to consider itself fit for the future. Public bodies in Wales now have duties under the Future Generations Act to ensure that they are planning for the long term. Ensuring their own workforce is well equipped with the right skills for the future will be a key part of this, as well as recognising the opportunities to the wider economy that could be achieved by developing the capacity of Wales as a nation to meet the demand for these skills.”
SANS Cardiff will be running three courses:
SEC401: Security Essentials Bootcamp Style – Ross Bergman
SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking – Adrien de Beaupre
FOR500: Windows Forensic Analysis – Mike Pilkington
For more information on the courses, please visit https://www.sans.org/event/cardiff-september-2019