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    This forum is for all discussions about the SANS Institute, SANS courses, and GIAC certifications. Discussion about the SANS Technology Institute may be found here or in the TechExams.net IT Jobs / Degrees forum.

    "GIAC certifications? I thought these were SANS certs!"


    Global Information Assurance Certification
    (GIAC) is an information security certification organization that offers vendor-neutral security certifications in a wide variety of fields in Information Security. GIAC was founded by the The SANS (SysAdmin, Audit, Networking, and Security) Institute in 1999. SANS is a private US company, founded in 1989, that specializes in computer and network security training, and security research and archives. SANS also offers professional IT security certification through GIAC. For this reason, GIAC certifications are commonly--and erroneously--referred to as "SANS certifications."


    GIAC Certifications

    There are over 20 GIAC certifications from which to choose, and no limit on the number of certs you may achieve. All GIAC certs have an associated SANS training course, or set of courses, that are recommended to attend prior to attempting certification. There are no prerequisites to sit for any GIAC certification exam.

    The entry-level GIAC certification is the
    GIAC Information Security Fundamentals (GISF). The GISF cert is recommended for people who are not necessarily InfoSec professionals, but need a broad understanding of InfoSec requirements, policies, and procedures.

    The foundation GIAC certification is the
    GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC). The GSEC cert is for IT professionals who work with security issues and are capable of demonstrating practical knowledge in an exam. The GSEC is considered to be the foundation certification for all SANS training tracks.
    The following is a complete listing of GIAC certifications in alphabetical order:

    G2700
    - GIAC Certified ISO-27000 Specialist
    GAWN
    - GIAC Assessing and Auditing Wireless Networks
    GCED
    - GIAC Certified Enterprise Defender
    GCFA
    - GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst
    GCFE
    - GIAC Certified Forensics Examiner
    GCFW
    - GIAC Certified Firewall Analyst
    GCIH
    - GIAC Certified Incident Handler
    GCIA
    - GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst
    GCPM
    - GIAC Certified Project Manager Certification
    GCUX
    - GIAC Certified UNIX Security Administrator
    GCWN
    - GIAC Certified Windows Security Administrator
    GISF
    - GIAC Information Security Fundamentals
    GISP
    - GIAC Information Security Professional
    GSLC
    - GIAC Security Leadership Certification
    GLEG
    - GIAC Legal Issues
    GSSP-JAVA
    - GIAC Secure Software Programmer - Java
    GSSP-NET
    - GIAC Secure Software Programmer - .NET
    GPEN
    - GIAC Penetration Tester
    GREM
    - GIAC Reverse Engineering Malware
    GSE
    - GIAC Security Expert
    GSEC
    - GIAC Security Essentials
    GSNA
    - GIAC Systems and Network Auditor
    GWAPT
    - GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester

    As of January 30, 2011, GIAC claims to have granted a total of 34,772 certifications worldwide. The current number is displayed on the
    GIAC Home Page.

    GIAC has a
    Code of Ethics that must be signed by each certification candidate. As of July 1, 2011, GIAC claims to have revoked 106 certifications for ethics violations, including plagiarism and violations of exam Non-Disclosure Agreements.


    GIAC Certification Categories

    Many GIAC certifications are paired to a specific career type in Information Security. Some of these pairings include:

    GSEC - Security Analyst
    GCED - Senior Security Analyst
    GCIA - Intrusion Analyst
    GCIH - Incident Handler
    GPEN - Penetration Tester
    GCFA - Computer Forensics Analyst
    GSLC - Information Security Manager
    GSNA - Information Security Auditor
    GREM - Malware Analyst

    GIAC certifications paths are also grouped based on specific fields related to Information Security:

    Auditing: GSEC, GISF, GSNA
    Computer Forensics: GCFE, GCFA, GREM
    Incident Handling: GSEC, GCIH, GCED, GCFA
    Intrusion Analysis: GSEC, GCED, GCFW, GCIA
    Legal: GISF, GSEC, GLEG
    Management: GISF, GSEC, GSLC, GCPM, GISP
    Penetration Testing: GSEC, GCIH, GGPEN, GWAPT, GWAN
    Network Security: GSEC, GCED
    Software Security: GWEB, GWAPT, GSSP-JAVA, GSSP-NET
    System Administration: GSEC, GCED, GCWN, GCUX

    More details can be found at the GIAC Certification Roadmap.


    GIAC Security Expert (GSE)

    The GSE is the top GIAC certification. Obtaining the GSE requires passing a multiple-choice exam and a hands-on lab. The perquisite for becoming GSE-certified is to have previously achieved three to five GIAC certifications from a wide range of selections.

    To learn more about the GSE, visit Information Security Certification - GIAC or email gse@giac.org.


    GIAC Gold Status

    Passing a GIAC exam earns a Silver certification status, denoted by a silver GIAC certification logo. The certification holder may opt to achieve Gold status for the certification by writing a technical white paper on a topic from the certification and submitting it for judging (along with a fee) to an advisor. If the paper is found to have a passing score based on a published rubric, the cert holder is promoted to Gold status and may display the gold GIAC certification logo.


    GIAC Exam Testing Centers

    All GIAC exams are proctored and administered through Pearson VUE at more than 3,500 testing centers worldwide. For more information on GIAC testing, check out the GIAC FAQ.


    GIAC Certification Challenge

    Because no specific training is required to achieve any GIAC certification, it is also possible to
    challenge a GIAC certification without attending SANS online or face-to-face training. The current cost is $999US to challenge a GIAC exam. For more information on challenging GIAC exams, check out the GIAC Exam Challenge and Registering for GIAC Certification pages.


    GIAC Certification Maintenance, Expiration, and Re-certification

    GIAC certifications are valid for four years. After two years, the cert holder is given the opportunity to re-certify by collecting Certification Maintenance Units (CMU) prior to the expiration date of the certification. Collecting 36 CMUs over two years is currently required to maintain a single GIAC certification. (Passing a single GIAC exam will earn a candidate 36 CMUs.) If a certification expires before the cert holder re-certifies, the certification exam must be retaken to re-certify.

    Only five GIAC certifications (GSEC, GSLC, GCFA, GCIH, GCIA) are currently ISO/IEC 17024 accredited.

    To get more information on GIAC certification maintenance, visit Information Security Certification - GIAC, or email cert-renewal@giac.org.


    SANS OnDemand Courses

    SANS OnDemand
    courses are a pre-recorded alternative to live, classroom-based SANS courses. The OnDemand format allowed 4 months of 24/7 access to the online training & assessment system, course book(s), hands-on cd/dvd & virtual labs (if applicable), MP3 audio files and access to OnDemandVirtual Mentors. The associated GIAC certification may be taken after the completion of each OnDemand course. Online demonstrations of all SANS OnDemand courses are available.

    For more information, visit the SANS OnDemand FAQ.


    DoD Directive 8570.01

    Many GIAC certifications are accepted by the US Department of Defense per
    DoD Directive 8570.01, including GSEC, GCED, GSLC, GCWN, GCUX, GCIH, GSIF, GCIA, and GSNA.

    To get more information on GIAC certification accepted by the DoD, visit
    SANS: DoDD 8570 and GIAC Certification or email 8570@sans.org.


    SANS Cyber Guardian Program

    From the SANS Cyber Guardian Program Web page:

    The Cyber Guardian program provides intensive, hands-on training for both Red (offensive) and Blue (defensive) teams. Participants must successfully complete four core courses and the corresponding certifications as well as pass the GSE exam within two years of starting the program. After completing all four core courses and exams, candidates will choose their specialization and complete one more course and certification. Upon the successful completion of all courses and certifications, candidates will finish the program by taking and passing the GSE (GIAC Security Expert) exam and joining the elite group of GSE certified professionals.


    SANS Technology Institute

    The
    SANS Technology Institute (STI) is a Masters-level educational institution opened in 2008. STI currently offers Masters of Science degrees in Information Security Management (MSISM) and Information Security Engineering (MSISE).

    The courses offered in the STI curriculum are not the SANS workshop courses. GIAC certifications
    are acceptable for some prerequisites.

    SANS offers
    free security content via the SANS Technology Institute Leadership Lab and IT/Security-related leadership information.

    STI is authorized by the
    Maryland Higher Education Commission
    (MHEC) to award the Master of Science Degree.

    As of 2011, STI is not yet regionally accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Candidate for Accreditation status was granted in March 2010.

    STI is not currently an
    NSA Center of Academic Excellence (CAE).

    To get more information on the SANS Technology Institute, visit
    www.sans.edu/admissions or email info@sans.edu.


    Recommended GIAC Study Resources

    Check
    this discussion thread for GIAC study resources that have been recommended as very useful by TechExam.net members.


    SANS Institute Web Pages


    Information Security Certification - GIAC

    Forensics, Management, Information, IT Security Certifications - GIAC

    SANS: Computer Security Training, Network Security Research, InfoSec Resources
    Computer Security Training, Network Security Research, InfoSec Resources

    ISC Home | SANS Internet Storm Center; Cooperative Network Security Community - Internet Security
    isc Home | SANS Internet Storm Center; Cooperative Network Security Community - Internet Security

    Masters Degree in Information Security - SANS Technology Institute
    Masters Degree in Information Security - SANS Technology Institute

    SANS: Computer Security Training, Network Security Research, InfoSec Resources
    Computer Security Training, Network Security Research, InfoSec Resources

    SANS - IT Audit with David Hoelzer
    SANS - IT Audit with David Hoelzer

    SANS Computer Forensics Training, Incident Response with Rob Lee
    SANS Computer Forensics Training, Incident Response with Rob Lee

    SANS Information Security Reading Room - Computer Security White Papers
    SANS: Information Security Reading Room - Computer Security White Papers


    GIAC-certified professionals online directory

    www.giac.org/certified-professionals/directory


    SANS Institute Twitter Feeds

    SANS Institute Twitter Feeds

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    Hello JD,

    Any idea, to have GCPM is there any pre-requiste.

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