Get Certified: Roadmap

Get Certified:

GIAC offers over 20 certifications in security administration, management, legal, audit, forensics and software security. A Certification Roadmap has been created to help you determine what certifications are right for specific job needs or career goals. Each GIAC certification is designed to stand on its own, and represents a certified individual's mastery of a particular set of knowledge and skills. There is no particular "order" in which GIAC certifications must be earned; though we recommend that candidates master lower level concepts before moving on to more advanced topics.

GIAC certifications align with individual job based disciplines and typically correspond to topics presented in SANS full 5-6 day courses. GIAC certification attempts have a 4 month time frame.

Introductory Security Administration GISF: GIAC Information Security Fundamentals
Intermediate Security Administration GSEC: GIAC Security Essentials Certification
GICSP: Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional
Management GISP: GIAC Information Security Professional
Forensics GCFE: GIAC Certified Forensics Examiner
Advanced Security Administration GPPA: GIAC Certified Perimeter Protection Analyst
GCIA: GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst
GCIH: GIAC Certified Incident Handler
GCUX: GIAC Certified UNIX Security Administrator
GCWN: GIAC Certified Windows Security Administrator
GCED: GIAC Certified Enterprise Defender
GPEN: GIAC Certified Penetration Tester
GWAPT: GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester
Management GSLC: GIAC Security Leadership Certification
GCPM: GIAC Certified Project Manager Certification
Software Security GSSP-NET: GIAC Secure Software Programmer - .NET
GSSP-JAVA: GIAC Secure Software Programmer - Java
Audit GSNA: GIAC Systems and Network Auditor
Forensics GCFA: GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst
Legal GLEG: GIAC Law of Data Security & Investigations
Security Administration GAWN: GIAC Assessing Wireless Networks
GXPN: GIAC Exploit Researcher and Advanced Penetration Tester
Forensics GREM: GIAC Reverse Engineering Malware
GSE GSE: GIAC Security Expert