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GIAC Cyber Threat Intelligence (GCTI)

The GCTI certification proves practitioners have mastered strategic, operational, and tactical cyber threat intelligence fundamentals and application.

Areas Covered

  • Strategic, operational, and tactical cyber threat intelligence application & fundamentals
  • Open source intelligence and campaigns
  • Intelligence applications and intrusion analysis
  • Analysis of intelligence, attribution, collecting and storing data sets
  • Kill chain, diamond model, and courses of action matrix
  • Malware as a collection source, pivoting, and sharing intelligence

Who is GCTI for?

  • Incident response team members
  • Threat hunters
  • Security operations center personnel
  • Information security practitioners
  • Experienced digital forensic analysts
  • Federal agents and law enforcement officials¬†

Exam Format

  • 1 proctored exam
  • 75 questions
  • 2 hours
  • Minimum passing score of 71%

Delivery

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

  • Analysis of Intelligence
    The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the techniques employed in analyzing information. The candidate will also demonstrate an understanding obstacles to accurate analysis, such as fallacies and bias, and how to recognize and avoid them.
  • Campaigns and Attribution
    The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of identifying and profiling intrusion characteristics and external intelligence into campaigns. The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the importance of attribution and the factors that are considered when making an attribution.
  • Collecting and Storing Data Sets
    The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of collecting and storing data from collection sources such as threat feeds, domains, TLS certificates, and internal sources.
  • Intelligence Application
    The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the practical application of gathering, analyzing, and using intelligence. Additionally, the candidate will demonstrate an understanding of how well-known cyber attacks can inform cyber intelligence professionals today.
  • Intelligence Fundamentals
    The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of fundamental cyber threat intelligence definitions and concepts. The candidate will also demonstrate a basic working knowledge of technologies that provide intelligence analysts with data, such as network indicators, log repositories, and forensics tools.
  • Kill Chain, Diamond Model, and Courses of Action Matrix
    The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the Kill Chain, Diamond Model, and Courses of Actions Matrix and how they are used together to analyze intrusions.
  • Malware as a Collection Source
    The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of malware analysis tools and techniques to derive intelligence.
  • Pivoting
    The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of pivoting to expand intelligence, pivot analysis, the ability to use link analysis tools, and ability perform domain analysis to expand intelligence collections.
  • Sharing Intelligence
    The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of methods and practices of storing intelligence from various sources. The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the processes, tools, and techniques used in sharing intelligence. The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of effectively sharing tactical intelligence with executives by writing accurate and effective reports and using such capabilities as assessments.

Other Resources

  • 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.
  • Get information about the procedure to contest exam results.
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