Kai Thomsen Awarded 2019 SANS ICS Cybersecurity Difference Maker Award — EMEA Region

Munich, Germany – SANS Institute, the global leader in cyber security training and certifications, today announced that Kai Thomsen has been named the recipient of the SANS Industrial Control System (ICS) Cybersecurity Difference Maker Award – EMEA Region.

“When meeting Kai during my military assignment in Germany, I was drawn by his dedication to the community and passion to learn and teach others. I helped bring him into SANS as an ICS515: ICS Active Defense and Incident Response instructor because his skills in security monitoring and incident response with a focus on ICS were impressive and I knew he was a unique player in this space. I can think of no one more deserving for the SANS ICS Cybersecurity Difference Maker Award.” - Robert M. Lee, SANS Certified Instructor and ICS515 course author

Thomsen is currently the DFIR lead at premium automaker AUDI AG, where he established an IT Service Continuity Management organization. He also designs and runs Red Team exercises at Audi that integrate IT, business and physical aspects. Before Audi, Thomsen worked for over 12 years in the steel industry, designing and implementing defensible LANs for enterprise and ICS environments.

Thomsen continues to be a highly active member of the community, speaking and teaching at various security conferences. In 2018, he chaired the SANS Automotive Cybersecurity Summit and SANS ICS Europe Summit. He also holds the GIAC Response and Industrial Defense (GRID) certification.

About The SANS ICS Cybersecurity Difference Maker Award

This award honors a deserving individual in the EMEA region who is making a significant positive difference by increasing awareness of the cybersecurity threats to the region’s critical infrastructure and working to mitigate through technical and educational contributions to the community. The award winner will share a positive outlook and belief that ‘Defence is Doable.’

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