ASREN to Hold Workshop on Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT)

BEIRUT – The Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN) announced a workshop on Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT), which is jointly organized by ASREN, TRANSITS and GÉANT will be held at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon, November 29-30, 2016.

TRANSITS evolved out of a European Commission funded project (IST-2001-39118, July 1, 2002 –September 30, 2005), that aimed at establishing CSIRTs and at addressing the shortage of CSIRT skilled staff. The demand for the training extended beyond the project and was picked up by GÉANT (formerly TERENA) in creative and financial collaboration with ENISA, FIRST and other like-minded organizations.

Since the inception, TRANSITS has trained over a thousand security professionals in the European region. Many more have benefited from the third party courses organized elsewhere around the world. Over the years, operatives have been trained for commercial, governmental, military and national CSIRTs, as well as those in the research and education sector. A number of participants have gone on to become TRANSITS trainers themselves, passing on their knowledge within their own regions and countries.

This workshop targets new or potential CSIRT personnel who wish to gain a solid understanding of the main aspects of working in an incident handling and response team. It offers experience and expertise in Operational, Organizational, Legal and Technical areas which form knowledge basis for CSIRT personnel.

The workshop offers participants a unique opportunity to mix with their peers and discuss security issues in a secured and trusted environment, whilst being tutored by seasoned experts of the European CSIRT community. The course is open to individuals currently working for a CSIRT or network security related organization, and those with bona-fide interest in establishing a CSIRT. Applications are also welcome from commercial, governmental, law enforcement and military organizations, as well as national research and education networks (NRENs) and research and education institutes.

Typical participants are usually experienced IT professionals with the growing interest and professional need to become system or network security experts. Familiarity with Internet protocols, addresses and port numbers is assumed. The basic expectation is that all participants are aware of security issues involved in connecting computers to the Internet and are committed to using their skills to improve the security of computers and networks. Individuals from other backgrounds and with other interests are welcome to contact the organizers to discuss their suitability for the course.

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