Security Certification: GSEC

Security Certification:

GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC)

Target

Security Professionals that want to demonstrate they are qualified for IT systems hands-on roles with respect to security tasks. Candidates are required to demonstrate an understanding of information security beyond simple terminology and concepts.

*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.*

Requirements

  • 1 proctored exam
  • 180 questions
  • Time limit of 5 hours
  • Minimum Passing Score of 73%

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 GSEC exam has been determined to be 74% for all candidates receiving access to their certification attempts on or after August 28th, 2015. 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.

Renew

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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.

Links


Bulletin (Part 2 of Candidate Handbook)

Exam Certification Objectives & Outcome Statements

The topic areas for each exam part follow:

Access Control & Password Management
The candidate will understand the fundamental theory of access control and the role of passwords in managing access control.
Active Defense
The candidate will demonstrate a high-level understanding of what Active Defense is and the tools, methods, and techniques needed to utilize it effectively.
Advanced Persistent Threat
The candidate will be able to explain what APT is and the basic strategies on how they operate, defense methods, and attack remediation.
Contingency Plans
The candidate will understand the critical aspect of contingency planning with a business continuity plan and disaster recovery plan
Critical Controls
The candidate will understand the purpose, implementation, and background of the Critical Security Controls
Cryptography
The candidate will have a basic understanding of the concepts of cryptography, including a high-level understanding of the major types of cryptosystems and steganography.
Cryptography Algorithms & Deployment
The candidate will have a basic understand of the mathematical concepts that contribute to cryptography and identify commonly used symmetric, asymmetric, and hashing cryptosystems.
Cryptography Application
The candidate will have a high-level understanding of the use, functionality, and operation of VPNs, GPG, and PKI
Defense in Depth
The candidate will understand what defense in depth is and an identify the key areas of security and demonstrate the different strategies for implementing effective security within an organization.
Defensible Network Architecture
The candidate will demonstrate how to architect a network to be monitored and controlled to resist intrusion.
Endpoint Security
The candidate will demonstrate a basic understanding of the function and uses of endpoint security devices, such as endpoint firewalls, HIDS, and HIPS
Enforcing Windows Security Policy
The candidate will have a high-level understanding of the features of Group Policy and working with INF security templates
Incident Handling and Response
The candidate will understand the concepts of incident handling and the processes and areas of law pertaining to incident handling.
IT Risk Management
The candidate will understand the terminology and approaches to cyber security risk management including identification of the steps of the Threat Assessment process
Linux Security: Structure, Permissions and Access
The candidate will demonstrate understanding of a variety of Linux operating systems, including mobile systems, to better understand how to configure and secure Linux.
Linux Services: Hardening and Securing
The candidate will demonstrate an ability to gain visibility into a Linux system to be able to secure and harden the system.
Linux: Monitoring and Attack Detection
The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the use of system baselines, log files, and other tools common to Linux operating systems in order to better monitor systems for signs of attack.
Linux: Security Utilities
The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of how to use key security utilities and tools that are available for Linux systems to enhance system security.
Log Management & SIEM
The candidate will demonstrate a high-level understanding of the importance of logging, the setup and configuration of logging, and log analysis with the assistance of SIEMs
Malicious Code & Exploit Mitigation
The candidate will understand important attack methods and basic defensive strategies to mitigate those threats.
Network Device Security
The candidate will have a basic understanding of the risks of network devices and how to secure them.
Network Security Devices
The candidate will demonstrate a basic understanding of the function and uses of network security devices, such as, firewalls, NIDS, and NIPS
Networking & Protocols
The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the properties and functions of network protocols and network protocol stacks.
Securing Windows Network Services
The candidate will know how to take basic measures in securing Windows network services such as IPSec, IIS, and Remote Desktop Services
Security Policy
The candidate will understand the purpose and components of policy.
Virtualization and Cloud Security
The candidate will have a basic understanding of the risks of virtualization and cloud services and how to secure them.
Vulnerability Scanning and Penetration Testing
The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and relationship behind reconnaissance, resource protection, risks, threats, and vulnerabilities including preliminary abilities to create network maps and perform penetration testing techniques
Web Communication Security
The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of web application security and common vulnerabilities including CGI, cookies, SSL and active content.
Windows Access Controls
The candidate will understand how permissions are applied in the Windows NT File System, Shared Folders, Printers, Registry Keys, and Active Directory, and how Privileges are applied
Windows Automation, Auditing, and Forensics
The candidate will be introduced to the techniques and technologies used to audit Windows hosts.
Windows Security Infrastructure
The candidate will identify the differences between types of Windows OSes and how Windows manages groups and accounts, locally and with Active Directory and Group Policy
Windows Service Packs, Hotfixes, and Backups
The candidate will understand how to manage service packs and hotfixes for a network of Windows hosts and understand best practices for backups and restoration of a Windows host
Wireless Network Security
The candidate will have a basic understanding of the misconceptions and risks of wireless networks and how to secure them.

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.