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
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
"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
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