Cyber Security Certification: GSSP-JAVA

Cyber Security Certification: GSSP-JAVA

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The GIAC Secure Software Programmer Java (GSSP-JAVA) certification validates a practitioner's knowledge, skills, and abilities to write secure code and recognize security shortcomings in existing code. GSSP-JAVA certification holders have demonstrated mastery of the security knowledge and skills needed to deal with common programming errors that lead to most security problems.

Areas Covered

Who is GSSP-JAVA for?



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 GSSP-JAVA exam has been determined to be 73.3% for all candidates receiving access to their certification attempts on or after December 22nd, 2010. To verify the format and passing point of your specific certification attempt, read the Certification Information found in your account at


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.

Exam Certification Objectives & Outcome Statements

The topic areas for each exam part follow:

Application Faults & Logging
The candidate will understand how to properly handle expected and unexpected application faults
The candidate will understand the importance of implementing secure authentication controls
The candidate will understand the importance of implementing secure authorization controls
Common Web Application Attacks
The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of common web application attacks and vulnerabilities.
Data Validation
The candidate will understand how data validation can be used to prevent common vulnerabilities
The candidate will understand how to use Java APIs to encrypt data in transit and data at rest
Java Language and Platform Security
The candidate will understand the security implications of language and platform features built in to Java
Secure SDLC
The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of how to perform security activities as part of the SDLC
Session Management
The candidate will understand the importance of secure session management controls

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