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Instructors


Kai Thomsen

  • Certified Instructor

Kai has worked in a wide range of IT security roles for more than 15 years. Currently he is the lead Digital Forensics and Digital Response (DFIR) analyst at premium automaker AUDI AG. He has played a key role in establishing a modern cyber defense team at Audi to protect the enterprise, industrial control system (ICS), and connected car infrastructure.

Before Audi, Kai worked for more than 12 years in the steel industry at the engineering company SMS Group, where he designed and implemented defensible LANs for enterprise and ICS environments in-house as well as for customers' plants. The steel industry was also where Kai delved into Network Security Monitoring and DFIR, building security monitoring solutions for company and customer sites and performing incident response in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

Kai has spoken and taught at various security conferences, including S4 Europe, CS3STHLM, Troopers, ISF, and SIGS SCADA in Switzerland. In 2018, he chaired the SANS Automotive Cybersecurity Summit and the SANS ICS Europe Summit. Kai holds the GIAC Response and Industrial Defense (GRID) certification and has a master's degree in computer science and English and American literature from the University of Siegen.

In the little free time that is left between working in his DFIR job and as a SANS instructor, Kai loves to travel the world, especially mountain regions where climbing, hiking, and skiing look promising.

Kai holds an MA in Computer Science and English and American Literature.


Upcoming Courses Taught By Kai Thomsen
Type Course / Location Date Register

Training Event
SANS Vienna January 2020 Vienna, Austria
Jan 27, 2020 -
Feb 1, 2020
 

Training Event
SANS Doha March 2020 Doha, Qatar
Mar 14, 2020 -
Mar 19, 2020
 

Training Event
SANS Muscat April 2020 Muscat, Oman
Apr 4, 2020 -
Apr 9, 2020
 

Training Event
SANS London May 2020 London, United Kingdom
May 18, 2020 -
May 23, 2020
 

Summit
SANS ICS Europe Summit & Training 2020 Munich, Germany
Jun 8, 2020 -
Jun 13, 2020
 

*Course contents may vary depending upon location, see specific event description for details.