Cyber Security Certification: GCLD

Cyber Security Certification: GCLD

The GCLD certification is now available for pre-sale in conjunction with affiliated SANS training. GCLD will be available to the public in April 2021.

SANS SEC488 Alumni will be eligible to challenge the GCLD exam. Alumni of SEC488 will receive a special offer email with a discount code once the exam goes live in April.

"The GIAC Cloud Security Essentials (GCLD) certification proves that the certificate holder understands many of the security challenges brought forth when migrating systems and applications to cloud service provider (CSP) environments. Understanding this new threat landscape is only half the battle. The GCLD certification goes one step further - proving that the defender can implement preventive, detective, and reactionary techniques to defend these valuable cloud-based workloads." - Ryan Nicholson, SANS SEC488 Course Author

Areas Covered

Who is GCLD for?



NOTE: All GIAC Certification exams are web-based and required to be proctored. There are two proctoring options: remote proctoring through ProctorU, and onsite proctoring through PearsonVUE. Click here for more information.

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.

*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.*

Other Resources

Training is available in a variety of modalities including live conference training, online, and self-study. Practical work experience can help ensure that you have mastered the skills necessary for certification. College level courses or study through another program may meet the needs for mastery. The procedure to contest exam results can be found at