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GIAC Information Security Fundamentals (GISF)

The GIAC Information Security Fundamentals (GISF) certification validates a practitioner's knowledge of security's foundation, computer functions and networking, introductory cryptography, and cybersecurity technologies. GISF certification holders will be able to demonstrate key concepts of information security including understanding the threats and risks to information and information resources and identifying best practices to protect them.

Areas Covered

  • Cyber security terminology
  • The basics of computer networks
  • Security policies
  • Incident response
  • Passwords
  • Introduction to cryptographic principles

Who is GISF for?

  • Anyone new to cyber security who needs an introduction to security fundamentals
  • Non-IT security managers
  • Professionals with basic computer and technical knowledge
  • Career changers to cyber security
  • Managers, information security officers, and system administrators
  • Anyone who writes, implements, or must adhere to enterprise security policy

Exam Format

  • 1 proctored exam
  • 75 questions
  • 2 hours
  • Minimum passing score of 72%

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 GISF exam has been determined to be 72% for all candidates receiving access to their certification attempts on or after June 12th, 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.

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

  • AAA and Access Controls
    The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of access controls and effective authentication, authorization and accountability.
  • Application Security
    The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of securing applications from malware and other common threats.
  • Computer Math
    The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of foundational numbering systems.
  • Cryptographic Algorithms and Attacks
    The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of cryptographic algrorithms.
  • Fundamentals of Cryptography
    The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of cryptography and its application.
  • History of Cryptography
    The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of cryptography throughout history..
  • Network Addressing and Protocols
    The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of network addressing and protcols.
  • Network Attacks
    The candidate will demonstrate a foundational understanding of network attacks.
  • Network Communication Fundamentals
    The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of network concepts and terminology.
  • Network Security Technology
    The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of countermeasures and technologies employed to minimize the associated risks from attacks.
  • Risk Management Principles and Security Policy
    The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of fundamental information security and risk management concepts as well as the components of effective policy creation and awareness programs.
  • Systems Security
    The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of securing systems from common threats.
  • Wireless Security Technology
    The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of wireless technologies as well as the defenses employed to minimize the associated risks from wireless attacks.

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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