GIAC Information Security Fundamentals (GISF)
Proficient infosec administrators can network well on the eighth layer of the OSI model (political) and the material contained in this track will help them to bridge the gap that often exists between managers and system administrators. GISF candidates will learn and be able to demonstrate key concepts of information security including: understanding the threats and risks to information and information resources, identifying best practices that can be used to protect them, and learning to diversify our protection strategy.
Professionals who need to hit the ground running and need an overview of information assurance. Managers, Information Security Officers, and System Administrators who need an overview of risk management and defense in depth techniques. Anyone who writes, implements, or must adhere to policy, disaster recovery or business continuity.
*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.*
- 1 proctored exam
- 75 questions
- Time limit of 2 hours
- Minimum Passing Score of 70%
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 passing point for the GISF exam has been determined to be 70.7% for all candidates receiving access to their certification attempts on or after 02/10/2011. To verify the format of your current certification attempt, please read the Certification Information found in your portal account at https://exams.giac.org/pages/attempts.
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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.
- Certified Professionals (GISF)
- Exam Feedback Procedure
- Feedback Procedure
- Proctored exam procedure
- SANS Information Security Reading Room
Bulletin (Part 2 of Candidate Handbook)
Exam Certification Objectives & Outcome Statements
The topic areas for each exam part follow:
- Authentication, Authorization, Accountability (AAA)
- The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of access controls and effective authentication, authorization and accountability
- Cryptography Fundamentals
- The candidate will demonstrate a fundamental understanding of cryptographic algorithms and how cryptography is used to protect information and communications
- Data Protection
- The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of protecting data through data classification, business continuity, disaster recovery, data loss prevention, and incident response
- Information Security Principles and Risk Management
- The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of fundamental information security and risk management concepts
- Networking Foundations
- The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the OSI model, networking protocols, and other network-related concepts
- Networking Security
- The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of securing networks from common attacks against wired, wireless, VoIP, virtual and cloud based network services
- Security Policy and Procedures
- The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of operational security through effective policies, procedures, security awareness, and physical security controls
- Systems Security
- The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of securing systems, applications and mobile devices from malware and other common threats
Where to Get Help
Training is available from a variety of resources including on line, course attendance at a live conference, and self study.
Practical experience is another way to ensure that you have mastered the skills necessary for certification. Many professionals have the experience to meet the certification objectives identified.
Finally, college level courses or study through another program may meet the needs for mastery.
The procedure to contest exam results can be found at http://www.giac.org/about/procedures/grievance.