Security Certification: GSNA

Security Certification:

GIAC Systems and Network Auditor (GSNA)


GIAC Systems and Network Auditors (GSNAs) have the knowledge, skills and abilities to apply basic risk analysis techniques and to conduct a technical audit of essential information systems.


Technical staff responsible for securing and auditing information systems; auditors who wish to demonstrate technical knowledge of the systems they are responsible for auditing.

*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
  • 115 questions
  • Time limit of 3 hours
  • Minimum Passing Score of 73%


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 GSNA exam has been determined to be 73% for all candidates receiving access to their certification attempts on or after July 15th, 2016. To verify the format and passing point of your specific certification attempt, read the Certification Information found in your account at


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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 GIAC exams are delivered online through a standard web browser.


Bulletin (Part 2 of Candidate Handbook)

Exam Certification Objectives & Outcome Statements

The topic areas for each exam part follow:

Auditing Concepts & Methodology
The candidate will knowledge of basic auditing terms and concepts and demonstrate familiarity with the audit process, baselines, time based security concepts, and how risk assessment are used to identify and specify controls.
Auditing Networking Devices & Services
The candidate will demonstrate the ability to audit common network devices and services, including: routers, switches, wireless infrastructure, virtualized services, containerized applications, VoIP, mail, DNS, and remote access services.
Auditing Unix Systems
The candidate will demonstrate the ability to audit Unix systems using common techniques, tools and scripting commands to determine process information, access controls, and system configurations.
Auditing Windows Systems
The candidate will demonstrate the ability to audit Windows systems using common techniques, tools, and scripting commands to determine process information, access controls, and system configurations.
Web Application Security
The candidate will demonstrate the ability to audit web applications, including their configuration, authentication, session management, data security at rest and in transit, and vulnerabilities to common attacks.

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