GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP)
Security Professionals that want to fill the gaps in their understanding of technical information security; System, Security, and Network Administrators that want to understand the pragmatic applications of the Common Body of Knowledge; managers that want to understand information security beyond simple terminology and concepts; anyone new to information security with some background in information systems and networking. Candidates may also wish to use this certification as an independent assessment of your mastery of the (ISC)2 Common Body of Knowledge.
Preparing for the GISP Exam: Candidates may choose to prepare for the GISP exam by taking the SANS Training Course: MGT414: SANS +S Training Program for the CISSP® Certification Exam
*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
- 250 questions
- Time limit of 5 hours
- Minimum Passing Score of 70%
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 (GISP)
- 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:
- Access Controls
- The candidate will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the various types of access control methodologies and when each is appropriate.
- Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Planning
- The candidate will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the importance of continuity planning and how to develop disaster recovery and continuity plans.
- The candidate will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role cryptography and cryptosystems play in securing the enterprise environment.
- Information Security Governance and Risk Management
- The candidate will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the critical components of information security and risk that are needed in order to manage security in an enterprise environment.
- Law, Regulations, Compliance and Investigations
- The candidate will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the roles played by laws and ethical standards and handling incident investigations.
- Physical and Environmental Security
- The candidate will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the importance of physical and environmental security in an enterprise environment.
- Security Architecture and Design
- The candidate will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how to properly design and implement a secure enterprise environment.
- Security Operations
- The candidate will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the managerial, administrative, operational aspects of information security.
- Software Development Security
- The candidate will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the key security principles related to secure application development.
- Telecommunications and Network Security
- The candidate will be able to discuss major concepts associated with network defense and telecommunications security.
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.