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GIAC Information Security Professional Certification (GISP)

Practitioner Certification

The GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP) certification validates a practitioner's knowledge of the 8 domains of cybersecurity knowledge as determined by ISC2 that form a critical part of CISSP® exam. GISP certification holders will be able to demonstrate knowledge of asset security, communications and network security, identity and access management, security and risk management, security assessment and testing, security engineering, security operation, and software development security.

Areas Covered

  • Asset Security
  • Communications and Network Security
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Security Assessment and Testing
  • Security Engineering
  • Security Operation
  • Security and Risk Management
  • Software Development Security

Who is GISP for?

  • Security Professionals who want to understand the concepts covered in the CISSP® exam as determined by ISC2
  • System administrators
  • Security administrators
  • Network administrators
  • Security managers

Exam Format

  • 1 proctored exam
  • 150 questions
  • 4 hours
  • Minimum passing score of 70%


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

  • Asset Security
    The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of asset management and classification, including access controls, handling and retention requirements.
  • Communication and Network Security
    The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of network security, including secure architecture, network protocols, security controls and devices, and common network attacks.
  • Identity and Access Management (IAM)
    The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of identity management concepts and controls including AAA, passwords, tokens, biometrics, federation, and common threats.
  • Security and Risk Management
    The candidate will demonstrate and understanding of security risk management and business continuity practices, including legal and regulatory compliance, security policies, and governance principles.
  • Security Architecture and Engineering
    The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of secure engineering architecture and implementation for systems in networked, web based, and mobile environments and mitigating common vulnerabilities.
  • Security Assessment and Testing
    The candidate will demonstrate the ability to design, perform, and analyze security tests
  • Security Operations
    The candidate will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the managerial, administrative, operational aspects of information security.
  • Software Development Security
    The candidate will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the key security principles related to secure application development.

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.

Practice Tests

  • These tests are a simulation of the real exam allowing you to become familiar with the test engine and style of questions.
  • Practice exams are a gauge to determine if your preparation methods are sufficient.
  • The practice bank questions are limited so you may encounter the same question on practice tests when multiple practice tests are purchased.
  • Practice exams never include actual exam questions.
  • Purchase a GISP practice test here.
  • GIAC recommends leveraging additional study methods for test preparation.

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