GIAC Assessing and Auditing Wireless Networks (GAWN)
The GAWN certification is designed for technologists who need to assess the security of wireless networks. The certification focuses on the different security mechanisms for wireless networks, the tools and techniques used to evaluate and exploit weaknesses, and techniques used to analyze wireless networks. Students will not only gain experience using tools to assess wireless networks, they will understand how the tools operate and the weaknesses in protocols that they evaluate.
Auditors, network administrators and penetration-testers who are responsible for assessing the security of wireless networks.
Preparing for the GAWN Exam: Candidates may choose to prepare for the GAWN exam by taking the SANS Training Course: SEC617: Wireless Ethical Hacking, Penetration Testing, and Defenses
*No Specific training is required for any GIAC certification. If candidates need help in mastering the objectives for this certification, there are many sources of information available. Practical experience is one option; there are also numerous books on the market covering Computer Information Security. Another option is SANS training, or any relevant courses from other training providers.*
- 1 proctored exam
- 75 questions
- Time limit of 2 hours
- Minimum Passing Score of 71%
GIAC reserves the right to change the specifications for each certification without notice. Based on a scientific passing point study, the passing point for the GAWN exam has been determined to be 71% for all candidates receiving access to their certification attempts on or after August 14th, 2013. To verify the format of your current certification attempt, please read the Certification Information found in your portal account at https://exams.giac.org/pages/attempts. https://exams.giac.org/pages/attempts.
Certifications must be renewed every 4 years. Click here for details.
NOTE: GIAC exams are NOT given the day after the conference ends.
GIAC certification attempts purchased without SANS training will be activated in your SANS/GIAC account within 24 business hours of purchase. GIAC certification attempts purchased with SANS training will be activated in your SANS/GIAC account 7 days after the end of the conference. In both cases, you will receive an email notification when your certification attempt has been activated in your account. You will have 120 days from the date of activation to complete your certification attempt. GIAC exams must be proctored through Pearson VUE. Please click the following link for instructions on How to Schedule Your GIAC Proctored Exam. GIAC exams are delivered online through a standard web browser.
- Certified Professionals (GAWN)
- Exam Feedback Procedure
- Grievance Procedure
- Proctored exam procedure
- SANS Information Security Reading Room
Bulletin (Part 2 of Candidate Handbook)
Exam Certification Objectives & Outcome Statements
The topic areas for each exam part follow:
- The candidate will be familiar with the collection of standards, drafts and recommendations collectively known as the 802.11 specification.
- 802.11 Fuzzing Attacks
- The candidate will be able to perform basic fuzzing attacks.
- The candidate will be familiar with the structure, uses and weaknesses of Bluetooth.
- Bridging the Air Gap
- The candidate will be able to use a compromised wireless system to further compromise a wired network.
- The candidate will be familiar with DECT including how to attack and secure it.
- DoS on Wireless Networks
- The candidate will be able to perform and defend against common DoS attacks.
- EAP and Cipher Suit Selection
- The candidate demonstrate the ability to select the proper type authentication and encryption method for a given use.
- The candidate will be familiar with the identification and auditing of hotspots.
- The candidate will be familiar with LEAP including how to attack and secure it.
- Other Wireless Attacks
- The candidate will be familiar attacks against other types of wireless devices.
- The candidate will be familiar with PEAP including how to attack and secure it.
- Rogue Networks
- The candidate will understand how to identify and protect against rogue networks.
- Securing and Configuring Wireless Clients
- The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of techniques used to manage client systems and the related wireless parameters.
- Sniffing Wireless
- The candidate will be capable of capturing wireless traffic.
- The candidate will be familiar with TKIP including how to attack and secure it.
- The candidate will be familiar with Wep including how to attack and secure it.
- Wireless Basics
- The candidate will be familiar with common wireless threats as well as current wireless network standards.
- WLAN Auditing Methodologies
- The candidate will be familiar with the basics of auditing wireless networks.
- WLAN Intrusion Detection Technology
- The candidate will be familiar with the use of IDS systems as related to wireless networks.
- The candidate will be familiar with WPA2 including how to attack and secure it.
- The candidate will be familiar with Zigbee including how to attack and secure it.
Where to Get Help
Training is available from a variety of resources including on line, course attendance at a live conference, and self study.
Practical experience is another way to ensure that you have mastered the skills necessary for certification. Many professionals have the experience to meet the certification objectives identified.
Finally, college level courses or study through another program may meet the needs for mastery.
The procedure to contest exam results can be found at http://www.giac.org/about/procedures/grievance.