[ISN] SANS contributes funds, expertise to global cybersecurity group

From: InfoSec News (alerts@private)
Date: Thu May 22 2008 - 01:42:58 PDT


By Wilson P. Dizard III

The SANS Institute has announced a $1 million contribution to the 
International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber-Terrorism (IMPACT) 
and started sharing technical information with the organization.

The two groups plan to expand developing countries. online security 
resources, they said yesterday in an announcement issued at the IMPACT 
World Cyber Security Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

IMPACT and SANS plan to start by launching the Improved Cyber Defenses 
Though Cybersecurity Training and Skills Development activity. That 
project will conduct hands-on courses in core cybersecurity activities 
such as forensics, intrusion detection and penetration testing, they 

The training project is aimed at providing world-class training to 
cybersecurity specialists working in every country, regardless of income 

The joint project will emphasize building strong cyberdefenses, 
increasing cybersecurity training, promoting secure application 
development, and improving early-warning systems and the distribution of 
systems security news.

"Everyone on the Internet is connected. Weak security anywhere puts all 
other users at risk," said SANS founder Alan Paller. "By investing in 
improving cyberdefenses and more secure application programming in the 
developing world, we hope we are helping to improve cybersecurity 

SANS' Internet Storm Center will help IMPACT and its member countries 
learn about means of detecting the origin and spread of cyberattacks and 
assisting responders.

SANS' Secure Application Development program will help fend off the 
current wave of application attacks by assisting overseas academic 
institutions. SANS and IMPACT will help the schools train programmers to 
build secure applications by developing faculty skills and providing 
needed tools.

"IMPACT was founded because cyberspace has no national boundaries. By 
joining with the SANS Institute, we double our effectiveness at 
combating cyberthreats," said Mohd Noor Amin, chairman of IMPACT."

IMPACT and SANS also will cooperate to expand weekly cybersecurity news 
coverage to developments in and related to lower-income countries, the 
organizations said. 

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