Cyber Security Certification: GCIA

Cyber Security Certification: GCIA


The GIAC Intrusion Analyst certification validates a practitioner's knowledge of network and host monitoring, traffic analysis, and intrusion detection. GCIA certification holders have the skills needed to configure and monitor intrusion detection systems, and to read, interpret, and analyze network traffic and related log files.

Areas Covered

Who is GCIA for?

GCIA with CyberLive

GIAC knows that cyber security professionals need:

In response to this industry-wide need, GIAC developed CyberLive - hands-on, real-world practical testing.

CyberLive testing creates a lab environment where cyber practitioners prove their knowledge, understanding, and skill using:

Candidates are asked practical questions that require performance of real-world-like tasks that mimic specialized job roles.

Find out more about CyberLive here.

Requirements

Note:

GIAC reserves the right to change the specifications for each certification without notice. Based on a scientific passing point study, the passing point for the GCIA exam has been determined to be 68.16% for all candidates receiving access to their certification attempts on or after August 19, 2019. To verify the format and passing point of your specific certification attempt, read the Certification Information found in your account at https://exams.giac.org/pages/attempts.

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.


Exam Certification Objectives & Outcome Statements

The topic areas for each exam part follow:

Advanced Analysis and Network Forensics
The candidate will demonstrate competence in analyzing data from multiple sources (e.g. full packet capture, netflow, log files) as part of a forensic investigation.
Advanced IDS Concepts
The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of IDS tuning methods and correlation issues.
Application Protocols
The candidate will demonstrate knowledge and skill relating to application layer protocol dissection and analysis.
Concepts of TCP/IP and the Link Layer
The candidate will demonstrate understanding of the TCP/IP communications model and link layer operations.
DNS
The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of how DNS works for both legitimate and malicious purposes.
Fragmentation
The candidate will demonstrate understanding of how fragmentation works, and how to identify fragmentation and fragmentation-based attacks in packet captures.
IDS Fundamentals and Network Architecture
The candidate will demonstrate knowledge of fundamental IDS concepts, such as network architecture options and benefits/weaknesses of common IDS systems.
IDS Rules
The candidate will create effective IDS rules to detect varied types of malicious activity.
IP Headers
The candidate will demonstrate the ability to dissect IP packet headers and analyze them for normal and anomalous values that may point to security issues.
IPv6
The candidate will demonstrate knowledge of IPv6 and how it differs from IPv4.
Network Traffic Analysis
The candidate will demonstrate the ability to analyze network and application traffic to identify both normal and malicious behaviors.
Packet Engineering
The candidate will demonstrate knowledge relating to packet crafting and manipulation.
SiLK and Other Traffic Analysis Tools
The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of SiLK and other tools to perform network traffic and flow analysis.
TCP
The candidate will demonstrate understanding of the TCP protocol and the ability to discern between typical and anomalous behavior.
Tcpdump Filters
The candidate will demonstrate ability to craft tcpdump filters that match on given criteria.
UDP and ICMP
The candidate will demonstrate understanding of the UDP and ICMP protocols and the ability to discern between typical and anomalous behavior.
Wireshark Fundamentals
The candidate will demonstrate skill associated with traffic analysis using Wireshark with an intermediate degree of proficiency.

*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.*

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