What's the Benefit of Cyber Security Certifications?

Explore significant, career-impacting certification value for both professionals and employers.
The best thing about a GIAC certification is that beyond earning the certification itself, you enter a sharing community of specialists that allows you to continue learning and sharing what you learn.
Frederik Raabye
I don't get certs to impress anyone else. I do it for me. I'll get out of my defender comfort zone and conquer that fear of "What if I'm not good enough?"
Danny Akacki
The most valuable thing to me about being GIAC certified is that fellow infosec professionals recognize that the knowledge associated with the cert is there. GIAC certs and exams aren't exercises in rote memorization.
Nick R.
GIAC certified individuals know how to use the same tools and techniques that attackers do, learn to think like an attacker and protect from them.
I value the instant respect and credibility GIAC professionals receive. People know you've worked hard to obtain the certification and they recognize the critical skills and knowledge that come with it.
Ben Boyle

    Why Certify with GIAC?


    GIAC certifications span the breadth of infosec

    GIAC certifications are a mile deep for specialized job-focused tasks across industry focus areas including offensive operations, cyber defense, cloud security, DFIR, management, and ICS.

      GIAC exams test real-world skills

      Every certification confirms a practitioner's abilities and likelihood of success in a real-world work environment. GIAC exams with CyberLive take this validation a step further, requiring candidates to perform lab-based, hands-on tasks.

        Industry recognition and respect

        GIAC certifications are listed as preferred qualifications on thousands of job postings across the globe. That's because hiring managers and infosec professionals know that GIAC certifications are a guarantee of critical skill mastery.

          Dedication to exam quality and relevancy

          Our team of exam developers is made up of experts who have devoted their professional lives to infosec - both at GIAC and as practitioners in the field. Every detail of our exams is rigorously evaluated by a psychometrician to ensure fairness and accuracy.

            Start the path to become a security expert

            GIAC can guide you on your career journey through progressively more complex skills and job roles. The GIAC Security Expert (GSE), recently ranked the highest-value certification in the industry, is widely recognized as one of the most challenging and meaningful credentials in cybersecurity.

              Become part of the SANS & GIAC family

              Everyone who successfully completes their certification exam is welcomed into the community to share information, explore resources, and create new connections, and high scorers are invited to join the GIAC Advisory Board.

                "Before I was GIAC certified, when I would interview for a role, I would get grilled over so many foundational topics as they tried to see how to stump me. I feel now that I am certified that the whole "Trust Me, I'm Certified" actually does exist and I was able to land my dream role thanks to the skills and knowledge I've learned via taking SANS courses and passing GIAC exams." - Nate Gonzalez, GSEC, GCIH