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GIAC certifications

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‘Information security’ and certifications go hand in hand.  The more certifications you have, the more renowned you are in the InfoSec domain. Information security certifications are offered by many organizations such as (ISC)2 (CISSP and CCSP), EC-Council (CEH – ‘Certified Ethical hacker’), ISACA (CISM, CISA, CRISC) and also by SANS (GIAC certifications) We will see the various GIAC certifications in this post…



GIAC certifications:

The SANS institute was established in 1989 and it offers various certifications and training programs. SANS offers GIAC (Global Information Assurance Certification ) certifications suited to every InfoSec professional and category. The SANS institute offers classroom trainings, online trainings and mentored trainings. The different certification categories are Cyber defense, pen testing, incident response and forensics, management, audit and legal. 

Here is a partial list of the different certifications:

  1. GSEC – GIAC security essentials
  2. GCIH: GIAC Certified Incident Handler
  3. GCFA: GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst
  4. GPEN: GIAC Penetration Tester
  5. GISF: GIAC Information Security Fundamentals

Notes about GIAC exams:

  1. All GIAC exams are open book which means you can get any number of books and printed material to the exam. However, you cannot access the Internet for any purposes.
  2. All certifications are valid for four years after which it has to be renewed.
  3. All exams must be taken at a proctored testing center.
  4. Each exam will also have different set of questions, time limit and passing grade
  5. GIAC exams can be attempted without formal SANS training. The prices can be found here

What is your preferred certification? Have you got any of the above certifications? How has your experience been?