- Defensive network infrastructure
- Packet analysis and penetration testing
- Incident handling and malware removal
Who is GCED for?
- Incident responders and penetration testers
- Security Operations Center engineers and analysts
- Network security professionals
- Anyone who seeks technical in-depth knowledge about implementing comprehensive security solutions
- 1 proctored exam
- 115 questions
- 3 hours
- Minimum passing score of 70%
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 GCED exam has been determined to be 70% for all candidates receiving access to their certification attempts on or after June 22nd, 2018. To verify the format and passing point of your specific certification attempt, read the Certification Information found in your account at https://exams.giac.org/pages/attempts.
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
- Defending Network Protocols The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of commonly-used network protocols and how to defend against protocol attacks. The candidate will demonstrate knowledge of audit techniques and the Center for Internet Security's benchmarks and Critical Security Controls.
- Defensive Infrastructure and Tactics The candidate will demonstrate basic knowledge of network and cloud-based infrastructure defensive measures, including common detective and preventive controls.
- Digital Forensics Concepts and Application The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of methods and practices of digital forensics. The candidate will demonstrate proficiency in identification of forensic artifacts.
- Incident Response Concepts and Application The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of continuous incident response processes, and their relationship to threat intelligence practices and the Cyber Kill Chain.
- Interactive Malware Analysis The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of interactive malware behavior analysis, a familiarity with the tools and techniques used to perform the analysis, and interpret the results of the analysis.
- Intrusion Detection and Packet Analysis The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of intrusion prevention systems, their placement in the enterprise, and their configuration and tuning. The candidate will demonstrate proficiency in taking action in response to alerts.
- Malware Analysis Concepts and Basic Analysis Techniques The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the various types of malware, identify symptoms of infection, and methods to analyze malware safely. The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the benefits and disadvantages of automated and static malware analysis techniques, and to interpret their results.
- Manual Malware Analysis The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of manual code reversal of malware, disassembly and decompiling malware, and of code obfuscation techniques used by malware.
- Network Forensics, Logging, and Event Management The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of using logs and flows in network forensics, the importance of logging and event management in security operations, and the usage of a SIEM and Security Analytics.
- Network Security Monitoring Concepts and Application The candidate will demonstrate knowledge of devices that are used to monitor networks, their understanding of packet types, packet capture tools, the practice of continuous network monitoring, and advanced issues such as monitoring encrypted traffic.
- Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing Concepts The candidate will demonstrate knowledge of penetration testing and vulnerability assessment processes, and reporting results to the intended audience.
- Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing Application The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of and proficiency using penetration testing and vulnerability assessment tools, and familiarity with typical testing and assessment target types.
- Training is available in a variety of modalities including live training and OnDemand
- Practical work experience can help ensure that you have mastered the skills necessary for certification
- College level courses or self paced study through another program or materials may meet the needs for mastery.
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