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Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Training Events & Courses

Learn cutting edge ICS cyber security skills at a Training Event led by an expert SANS Instructor. Teaching takes place in a classroom and is supported by a library of high quality courseware.

ICS infrastructure is critical to the function of everyday life and, as a result, profiteering criminals are attacking these systems. To help managers and employees that work with such systems protects their assets, SANS offers several hands on, cyber security courses.

For companies with 25 or more students to train please navigate to our exclusive ICS Private Training page.

Hands On Learning

SANS ICS IT security Training Events have been created to equip security professionals and control system engineers with the tools necessary to protect their systems.

Training is designed to impart security awareness, hands-on technical skills, and the system-specific knowledge needed to secure automated control systems.

During the courses, students carry out hands-on exercises on ICS systems that are used widely across different utilities and industries. To make this possible SANS has created virtualised environments where students can explore systems and processes safely.

SANS courses are renowned for their hands on quality learning experience. Read our Testimonials from previous ICS students here.

ICS Courses Built To Be Remembered

From our 25 years experience within cyber security, we know students retain information better through doing.

Theory certainly plays a part in our ICS courses, however we believe firmly that students who have learned to apply theory - as opposed to just reading it - will be stronger cyber defenders.


SANS ICS Training equips students with high quality, high value courseware that's specially designed by security experts to support and enhance learning.

Students will receive a library of textbooks that are built around the same framework and follow the same progression through the ICS course units.

SANS textbooks are useful manuals to keep handy when working in the field. They can prove very useful when taking a GIAC Examination attempt as these assessments are open book.

If the course calls for it, students also receive an ICS515 CybatiWorks Mini-Kit.

This is a Raspberry Pi based kit, designed to simulate common Industrial Control Systems. The kit includes PiFace Digital, Snap-Circuit components, wireless and magnetic I/O, USB cables (with Volt/Amp meter) and memory.

On the software side, The CybatiWorks ships with virtual machines that run OPC, HMI, PLC, RTU and I/O industrial protocols. The kit supports commercial control system demonstration software from Rex Controls and PeakHMI.

Students are given copies of the necessary virtual machines so they can recreate the exercises and deploy the tools they may contain.

For a list of free posters & downloads for the ICS security community visit our Resources page.


SANS provides excellent opportunities to meet fellow professionals from across the ICS industry. Training courses offer refreshment breaks during the day where students can exchange ideas over tea and coffee

For any questions relating to training see our FAQs.

ICS Security Certification

Many ICS cyber security professionals look to validate their skills through a GIAC Certification. Global Information Assurance Certification certifications are recognised globally.

Within the ICS space, GIAC offers the following accreditations:

Training Events Offering Industrial Control Systems Courses
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SANS Munich March 2018 Mar 19 - Mar 24, 2018  
SANS Abu Dhabi 2018 Apr 07 - Apr 12, 2018  
SANS Doha 2018 Apr 28 - May 03, 2018  
SANS ICS Europe Summit and Training 2018 Jun 18 - Jun 23, 2018  
SANS London July 2018 Jul 02 - Jul 07, 2018  
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