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Launch your offensive operations career with GIAC certifications

November 17, 2020

You're up for the challenge, and you're ready to begin your path to an offensive operations career.

Offensive operations practitioners are in high demand - and we've got the guidance and credentials you need to get started in whatever role you choose.

"GIAC has allowed me to change career paths, learn and apply new skills quickly, and meet a lot of great people. Most importantly, it has created tons of amazing opportunities career-wise for me." says Cory Collins, holder of the GPEN, GCIH, and GCFA certifications.

GIAC offers an interactive work role mapping tool that aligns with the NICE Framework's standard competencies and certifications needed for specific jobs. This interactive tool helps you match up SANS courses and GIAC certs with potential career paths - and has the added benefit of being DoDD 8140/8570 compliant.

Interested in a popular offensive ops job role? We've got you covered. Start your guided career journey with these top recommendations:

Penetration Tester. One of the most widely-known red team jobs, penetration testers work to actively exploit weaknesses in a given environment. To become a penetration tester, start off with SANS SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking training to prepare you to pass the GIAC Certified Penetration Tester (GPEN) certification.

Vulnerability Analyst. Vulnerability analysts assess systems and environments to discover weaknesses. Get started with SANS SEC460: Enterprise and Cloud | Threat and Vulnerability Assessment training to prepare you for GEVA: GIAC Enterprise Vulnerability Assessor.

Offensive Security Engineer. Offensive Security Engineers build and maintain red team infrastructure. To get started as an Offensive Security Engineer, take SANS SEC504: Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling training to prepare you for the GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) certification.

"GCIH, my first GIAC certification and first SANS class in 2003, made me understand what hacking really is, how it's done, how I could do it, but most importantly how I can protect my machines at work and explain the technical aspects of vulnerabilities to my peers." - @rshullic, Twitter

Have a different career path in mind? GIAC's mapping tool covers many more roles across critical areas of offensive operations. Explore your options now.

Already started building your offensive operations career? We've got the courses and certifications that will take you to the next level. Explore offensive ops certifications now and continue doing your part to ensure the safety of the enterprise.

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