Security Certification: GSSP-JAVA

Security Certification:

GIAC Secure Software Programmer-Java (GSSP-JAVA)

Target

Individuals who are responsible for coding secure software applications, identifying shortfalls in the security knowledge of other programmers, ensuring other programmers have adequate secure coding skills, and advanced secure programming skills.

The GIAC Secure Software Programmers certification allows candidates to demonstrate mastery of the security knowledge and skills needed to deal with common programming errors that lead to most security problems.

GIAC Certified secure software programmers (GSSP) have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to write secure code and recognize security shortcomings in existing code.

*No Specific training is required for any GIAC certification. There are many sources of information available regarding the certification objectives' knowledge areas. Practical experience is an option; there are also numerous books on the market covering Computer Information Security. Another option is any relevant courses from training providers, including SANS.*

Requirements

  • 1 proctored exam
  • 75 questions
  • Time limit of 3 hours
  • Minimum Passing Score of 73.3%

Note:

GIAC reserves the right to change the specifications for each certification without notice. The GSSP-Java changed from a 150 question format to a 75 question format exam with a passing point of 73.3% for all candidates receiving access to their certification attempts on or after 12/22/10. 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.

Renew

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Delivery

NOTE: All GIAC exams are delivered through proctored test centers and must be scheduled in advance.
GIAC certification attempts will be activated in your GIAC account after your application has been approved and according to the terms of your purchase. Details on delivery will be provided along with your registration confirmation upon payment. 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 http://www.giac.org/information/schedule_proctored_exam.pdf. GIAC exams are delivered online through a standard web browser.

Links


Bulletin (Part 2 of Candidate Handbook)

Exam Certification Objectives & Outcome Statements

The topic areas for each exam part follow:

Application Faults & Logging
The candidate will understand how to properly handle expected and unexpected application faults
Authentication
The candidate will understand the importance of implementing secure authentication controls
Authorization
The candidate will understand the importance of implementing secure authorization controls
Common Web Application Attacks
The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of common web application attacks and vulnerabilities.
Data Validation
The candidate will understand how data validation can be used to prevent common vulnerabilities
Encryption
The candidate will understand how to use Java APIs to encrypt data in transit and data at rest
Java Language and Platform Security
The candidate will understand the security implications of language and platform features built in to Java
Secure SDLC
The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of how to perform security activities as part of the SDLC
Session Management
The candidate will understand the importance of secure session management controls

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.