Industrial Safety / Network Infrastructure / Human Machine Interface

ARC, SANS to collaborate on cybersecurity workforce education

By ARC Advisory Group news release

Jun 06, 2017

Get Plant Services delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday! Sign up for  Plant Services' complimentary Smart Minute (Monday-Thursday) and Smart Digest  (Friday) e-newsletters to get maintenance and reliability know-how you can put  to use today, plus the latest manufacturing news from around the Web, white  papers, and more. Learn more and subscribe for free today.

ARC Advisory Group, the leading global market research and technology consulting firm for industry and infrastructure, and SANS Institute, the global leader in cybersecurity training and certification, today announced that they will collaborate to further develop and nurture the global cybersecurity community.

The two organizations will work together to support cybersecurity workforce education and development for industry, energy, utilities, government, academia, and infrastructure. ARC and SANS will help address the pressing need to develop and propagate new cybersecurity solutions for the emerging smart cities, smart transportation, and Industrial IoT initiatives. This includes performing joint research to provide a better understanding of the current state of cybersecurity awareness and preparedness.

ARC and SANS aim to foster an expanded and more aware security community through joint workshops and other activities at the 2018 ARC Industry Forum in Orlando, FL and upcoming SANS events including the 2018 ICS Security Summit. “By equipping the workforce with the cyber-awareness and technical training needed to help safeguard today's connected and converged systems, we increase the effectiveness of our security operations,” said Doug Wylie, director at SANS Institute. “SANS is excited to partner with ARC to continue to serve industry and infrastructure – empowering engineers, technicians, management and other employees to better protect a company's operations and its brand.”

“Managing the security of industrial facilities, infrastructure, and smart cities is a major challenge for ARC clients. Cybersecurity is also constraining broader adoption of emerging technologies that can improve performance, reliability, and safety,” commented Sid Snitkin, Vice President at ARC Advisory Group. “We look forward to working closely with SANS to help organizations overcome these and related challenges.”

Building upon the very successful cybersecurity program at the 2017 ARC Industry Forum in Orlando this past February (which included a full day of dedicated end-user workshops, additional cybersecurity-related topical sessions, and 16 industrial cybersecurity suppliers demonstrating their respective solutions in the Forum Innovations Showcase), ARC and SANS plan to collaborate to provide enhanced cybersecurity content at the 2018 ARC Industry Forum.