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    I started SEC503 in mid-January. It is one of the required courses for the SANS MSISE program and the GSE otherwise I probably would have taken some other courses first. The course was well taught and there was a lot of valuable information information in it regarding packet analysis and IDS tuning, rule writing, etc. There was also a lot of information that will not apply to the average person such as the use of tools such as bro and SiLK...or maybe they just haven't applied to me much. They are both interesting tools but unless you work as an IR consultant or you work for a small company that relies on open source free tools you probably won't use either of them. I found this course difficult to get excited about and therefore hard to get motivated for. It could be that it's just more appealing to me to reverse engineer malware or do pen testing. The actual exam turned out to be a lot easier than I expected. I finished with an hour to spare and scored a 90 so I'm happy with that. I have to take the 2nd test for the Cisco Cyber Ops CCNA in a couple weeks and then I'm hoping to take the GSE multiple choice test. I want to get it over with while this material is still fresh in my head. I don't plan on taking the lab portion until the end of next year.
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    Impressive Certs and goals!! Well done mate!
    Goal: GCFA (DONE), GPEN (DONE)

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    Thank you.
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    With all of your GIAC certs you are really gonna waste your time and energy on Cyber Ops? Come on...
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    Quote Originally Posted by TechGuru80 View Post
    With all of your GIAC certs you are really gonna waste your time and energy on Cyber Ops? Come on...
    I was thinking the same. Still congratulations though!
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    There are two reasons why I'm doing this. The first is because it was free. I signed up for it over a year ago. I don't want to waste a free resource. The second reason is to understand what the training/cert is about. When I interview people that have the cert I want to understand what to expect from them and know what they learned. I read the material from the first exam once and skimmed through it again the night before the test and passed it in 30 minutes. It is very high level. I hear the second part is a little deeper and you have to know how to write regex. I'm curious to see what is in the course so I know how I should regard the cert. A few other reasons...I'm moving soon and my home office will have more wall space. I need to fill it with something. I don't have any Cisco certs and I like the colors. It has the word cyber in it. People like that word.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quogue66 View Post
    A few other reasons...I'm moving soon and my home office will have more wall space. I need to fill it with something. I don't have any Cisco certs and I like the colors. It has the word cyber in it. People like that word.
    Haha classic.
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    Congrats!
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    Congratz !!
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    Congrats! Good point on the dependency between overall success in a certain field/exam and how one feels interested about it. This sometimes results in weird situations when one easily does complicated exams but fails on easier ones.
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    Contrats! Wow so many giac certs.. Are you planning to retake them when they will expire?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wrickaz View Post
    Contrats! Wow so many giac certs.. Are you planning to retake them when they will expire?
    I am hoping to take the GSE before I have to renew any of them. Worst case scenario I may have to renew one or two.
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    where did you get your GCIA training? Also, what materials did you use? I am planning to get the same, I already passed my CEH. thanks!
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