SANS contributes funds, expertise to global cybersecurity group

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 said.

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

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 everywhere.'

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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