GIAC Information Security Certifications

GIAC Certifications develops and administers premier, professional information security certifications. More than 30 cyber security certifications align with SANS training and ensure mastery in critical, specialized InfoSec domains. GIAC Certifications provide the highest and most rigorous assurance of cyber security knowledge and skill available to industry, government, and military clients across the world.

Why GIAC Certification

"The GIAC certification exam covers information in real-world terms. In my experience, this makes the exam much more relevant; even as an open-book exam it was challenging. It wasn't just about memorizing answers but also applying that information to real-life scenarios." - Ken Hansen, GISF, Quanta

"It's easier to justify taking the course when we can show a confirmation of skills acquired with a certification - not just a certificate of completion." - Kirk K. Wah Yick, GCFA, GPEN, GASF

"A SANS / GIAC certification holds a high degree of value: it truly establishes one as an expert in their field." - Navroz Shariff, NASA, ASRC



Job-Specific, Specialized Focus

Today's cyber attacks are highly sophisticated and exploit specific vulnerabilities. Broad, general InfoSec certifications are no longer enough. Professionals need specific skills and specialized knowledge to meet multiple, varied threats. GIAC offers more than 30 information security certifications. Each certification focuses on specific job skills and requires unmatched and distinct knowledge.

Most Trusted Certification Design

The design of a certification exam can impact the quality and integrity of a certification. GIAC exam content and question design are developed through a rigorous process led by GIAC's on-staff psychometrician and reviewed by experts in each technical area. More than 113,000 certifications have been issued since 1999. GIAC Certifications meet ANSI/ISO 17024 standards and align with the NICE framework.

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Renewal Information

How to renew your GIAC Certification with CPEs or the current version of the exam

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Digital Badging

Digital representations of your certification accomplishments and cyber security skills

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Success Stories

Real people, real success for GIAC Certification professionals

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Why GIAC Certification?

There are a multitude of information security certifications, but only GIAC Certifications build the true hands-on skills that go beyond theory and tests the pragmatics of cyber defense, penetration testing, digital forensics and incident response, developer, and information security management.

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Prepare for your GIAC Certification Exam

The SANS Institute is GIAC's preferred partner for exam preparation. SANS training can be taken in a classroom setting from SANS-certified instructors, self-paced over the Internet, or in mentored settings in cities around the world.

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Cyber Security Resources for HR Professionals

Prescreen Candidates Using GIAC Certifications

Today's cyber attacks are highly sophisticated and exploit specific vulnerabilities. Broad, general InfoSec certifications are no longer enough. GIAC offers more than 30 certifications. Each certification focuses on specific job skills and requires unmatched and distinct knowledge.

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Cyber Security Resources for Federal Employees

Fast Track to Top Skills and Top Jobs in Cyber Security

GIAC Certifications go far beyond theory and teach technical, performance based skills necessary to defend our nations networks and critical infrastructure against foreign and domestic threats; focusing on advanced knowledge, skills and applications, as outlined in the NICE Framework, needed to prove your team can meet Federal Contract requirements under DoDD 8570 Requirements.

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