GIAC Information Security Fundamentals (GISF)
Proficient infosec administrators can network well on the eight layer of the ISO model (political) and the material contained in this track will help them to bridge the gap that often exists between managers and system administrators. GISF candidates will learn and be able to demonstrate key concepts of information security including: understanding the threats and risks to information and information resources, identifying best practices that can be used to protect them, and learning to diversify our protection strategy.
Professionals who need to hit the ground running and need an overview of information assurance. Managers, Information Security Officers, and System Administrators who need an overview of risk management and defense in depth techniques. Anyone who writes, implements, or must adhere to policy, disaster recovery or business continuity.
Preparing for the GISF Exam: Candidates may choose to prepare for the GISF exam by taking the SANS Training Course: SEC301: Intro to Information Security
*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 70%
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 passing point for the GISF exam has been determined to be 70.7% for all candidates receiving access to their certification attempts on or after 02/10/2011. 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.
Certifications must be renewed every 4 years. Click here for details.
NOTE: GIAC exams are NOT given the day after the conference ends.
Exams are delivered online through a standard web browser. For exams purchased with SANS training, access to the exam will be available 7-10 days following the end of the conference. Certification attempt exams are issued within 24 hours upon receipt of payment. You will receive an email from GIAC when your exam has been issued to your portal account. You have 120 days to complete the exam from the time we send notice that it is available. The exams are proctored and should be scheduled using our proctored exam procedure.
- Certified Professionals (GISF)
- 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:
- Attacks and Countermeasures
- The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of different attack scenarios and methodologies, attacks targeting each OSI layer and countermeasures used to prevent those attacks.
- Building Security Policies
- The candidate will show a basic understanding of building, implementing, communicating, and assessing security policies.
- Cryptosystems, cryptography, and algorithms
- The candidate will demonstrate a basic understanding of cryptosystems, cryptography, hashing, digital signatures, and certificates.
- Defense in Depth
- The candidate will demonstrate a basic understanding of the technologies used to defend data at multiple points within a network.
- Designing and Implementing Networks
- The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the components of a network and how the components are implemented and managed within a secure network infrastructure.
- Fundamental Security Concepts
- The candidate will show an understanding of fundamental security concepts, risk, and principles that mitigate risk.
- Networking and Routing Concepts
- The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the the OSI model, networking protocols, and other network-related concepts.
- Risk & Vulnerability Assessment & Management
- The candidate will show a fundamental understanding of risk management, policy requirements, and risk/policy assessment.
- Security as a Process
- The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the processes involved in analyzing and addressing security risks with prevention, controls, and auditing.
- Wireless Technologies
- The candidate will demonstrate a basic understanding of wireless technologies, risks, and mitigation techniques.
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.