GIAC’s Founding & Mission
GIAC was the first true technical infosec certification. The first GIAC professionals were certified in February of 2000, and just under 1,000 candidates were certified in our first year alone. Currently to date, 173,822 GIAC certifications have been issued.
There are no prerequisites required to begin any of the GIAC certification attempts; however, we highly recommend taking a training course before your test. Even experienced infosec professionals will benefit from a review of various subject areas before the exam. Certification attempts have a 4-month access window, giving candidates adequate time to prepare for the certification exam.
The GIAC certification program only offers certification attempts to individual candidates, including verification of individual identity at multiple steps. SANS is the sole source for GIAC certification exams and exam vouchers. GIAC does not permit the resale or transfer of any certification registration or GIAC exam voucher. Each certification attempt purchased is non-transferable and any certification application / registration instance is intrinsically tied to one and only one individual account.