CyberLive proves you've got what it takes
- CyberLive exams include real-world, practical questions in a VM environment
- CyberLive requires candidates to perform analytical tasks directly relevant to skills and abilities tested on their GIAC certification exam
- CyberLive reflects real-world job tasks, assessing the skills and abilities performed in live working environments
Today's cyber security professionals need:
- Specific certifications confirming specialized abilities
- Practical testing that proves their knowledge and hands-on skills
By challenging yourself with CyberLive, you'll prove to yourself and employers that you have the ability to solve hands-on challenges.
Hands-On, Real-World Practical Testing
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What is GIAC's CyberLive Testing?
It is a method of delivering GIAC exams with real practical, hands-on exam content, in a proctored environment.
Candidates will be asked to complete tasks using operational virtual machines (VMs). In this VM environment, candidates must perform analytical tasks that are directly relevant to the skills and abilities aligned to the scope of GIAC's certification exam.
Candidates will be required to master information security concepts AND apply real-world job situations using the VM-enabled test questions.
Why practical testing?
CyberLive testing assesses a candidate's ability to navigate the virtual machine interfaces and tasks encountered in the real world.
This type of testing allows for the assessment of the skills and abilities performed in actual working environments.
By implementing practical exam sections, GIAC is ensuring that certification holders can do the job.
I've heard of performance-based testing. How is it different?
The term "Performance Based" is used differently by different organizations. Traditional hot-spot and drag and drop questions have been classified as performance based by some organizations, but what we are doing is very different.
Our practical testing items leverage full-featured virtual machines that allow us to test the candidate's ability perform real-world tasks in order to deliver the most realistic and relevant exams possible.
Do the CyberLive questions count the same as multiple choice questions?
CyberLive questions are typically weighted more than the multiple-choice items. Consequently, more time has been allocated towards these items.
Do I have more time to answer the CyberLive practical questions compared to the multiple choice questions?
Yes. GIAC has carefully measured exam timing to accommodate the time required to complete CyberLive content.
Are the practical questions more difficult?
Candidates lacking hands-on skills and experience with the most common information security tools and practices will most likely find the practical CyberLive content more challenging.
Are your virtual machines simulations?
No. They are real virtual machines which allow candidates to leverage multiple methods to complete the required tasks.
Candidates will be able to access common, integrated help utilities such as man pages, just like the workplace.
How much will the CyberLive portion count towards my final score?
It varies by GIAC examination.
Candidates who cannot answer a majority of the CyberLive items correctly should not expect to pass the certification exam.
Your virtual machines look a little different than the systems I'm used to. Why?
Unlike simulations that get downloaded to testing systems, our virtual machines run in an interactive manner over the Internet.
We have carefully customized and optimized these virtual machines for performance over appearance.
We believe the live experience that virtual machines offer is worth the small tradeoff of appearance.
Is CyberLive content available on practice tests?
Yes. If CyberLive content is included on the certification exam, it will be on any associated practice tests.
We recommend using practice tests to ensure you are familiar with the interface and can easily switch back and forth between the question/task environment in our exam engine and the virtual machine.
When is the CyberLive content presented within exam?
Currently, the CyberLive portion is delivered at the end of the exam.
As this new question type is introduced into GIAC exams, we aspire to give candidates as much time as possible to complete the practical portion of the exam.
Individual items on the exam sections are continued to be delivered randomly.
How many GIAC exams currently have CyberLive testing?
Currently these certifications include CyberLive: https://www.giac.org/cyberlive/
We have plans to implement CyberLive in other exams in the near future. We plan to deploy it on exams where the measurement of practical abilities is the most critical to candidate success. CyberLive testing can have the most impact by focusing on these certifications first.
Is there a preferred browser for CyberLive exams?
Yes - Google Chrome is the preferred browser for CyberLive exams.
If I have additional questions, who should I contact?
Please email email@example.com