GIAC Certifications

GIAC Certifications

In the context of its GIAC Gold programme, Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) is an information security certification body that specialises in technological and functional certification as well as new research. The Escal Institute of Advanced Technologies owns the copyright on the word GIAC, which was established by SANS Institute in 1999. GIAC offers a range of computer security certificates that are impartial to the provider and are related to SANS training programs. To stay ahead of “black hat” techniques, GIAC focuses on cutting-edge technical advancements in IT defence. SANS has formed the GIAC programme to serve as the qualification arm to ensure that the individuals fulfil the requirements of expertise and skills in the relevant IT protection areas. There were more than 165,000 GIAC certificates. GIAC certifications for employers and the information security industry are well recognised and highly regarded. GIAC certifications are also recognised by the United States National Security Agency (NSA).


Technical cybersecurity certifications are developed and administered by GIAC Certifications. More than 30 cybersecurity certifications are compatible with SANS training and guarantee mastery of essential, advanced InfoSec domains. GIAC Certifications offer business, government, and military clients around the world the best and most stringent guarantee of cybersecurity expertise and ability.

Certification Path

Cyber threats today are extremely advanced and take advantage of special vulnerabilities. Broad, InfoSec general certification is no longer sufficient. To face various, varying threats, professions require unique skills and expertise. In the security administration, management, legal, audits, forensics and software security, GIAC provides over 30 certifications for cybersecurity. Each certification focuses on particular job skills and needs distinct and unequalled knowledge.

A roadmap for certification was developed to assist you in determining which certifications are appropriate for your work requirements or career objectives. Each GIAC certification stands alone and reflects the mastery of certain knowledge and ability of a certified person. There is no “order” in which GIAC certifications should be obtained; however, before progressing to more advanced areas we suggest that applicants learn lower-level concepts. GIAC certifications align themselves with individual job-based subjects and usually match the subjects provided in SANS 5-6 days full-day courses and attempts to certify GIAC will run for 4 months.

Mainly there are seven categories with further levels, Cyber Defense, Industrial Control Systems ICS, Offensive Operations, Digital Forensics & Incident Response, Cloud Security, Management and Leadership, and GIAC Security Expert.

Cyber Defense

The Cyber Defense Certification Family is the largest of the SANS GIAC certification areas, with 13 certificates (11 of which are advanced certificates). Cyber protection certifications are intended for practitioners who recognise and protect themselves against cybersecurity threats.

Introductory Level:

  • GISF: GIAC Information Security Fundamentals

Intermediate Level:

  • GSEC: GIAC Security Essentials

Advanced Level:

  • GOSI: GIAC Open Source Intelligence
  • GCED: GIAC Certified Enterprise Defender
  • GPPA: GIAC Certified Perimeter Protection Analyst
  • GCIA: GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst
  • GCWN: GIAC Certified Windows Security Administrator
  • GCUX: GIAC Certified UNIX Security Administrator
  • GMON: GIAC Continuous Monitoring Certification
  • GDSA: GIAC Defensible Security Architecture
  • GCDA: GIAC Certified Detection Analyst
  • GCCC: GIAC Critical Controls Certification
  • GDAT: GIAC Defending Advanced Threats

Industrial Control Systems ICS

Three ISC certifications are offered at SANS GIAC, one at intermediate and two are at advanced levels. ISC certification is aimed at control system engineers and other cybersecurity practitioners, in conjunction with automation security, for control system infrastructure and technology.

Intermediate Level:

  • GICSP: Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional

Advanced Level:

  • GRID: GIAC Response and Industrial Defense
  • GCIP: GIAC Critical Infrastructure Protection

Offensive Operations/ Penetration Tester

Professionals certified by SANS GIAC have the requisite expertise to conduct tasks that include assessing assault tactics and procedures, recommending best safety practices to avoid security incidents, and formulating security protection plans where appropriate. The second-largest qualification area is Penetration Testing with seven certificates. Many credentials are available including web apps, mobile devices, Python code, wireless networks, ethical hacking etc.

Intermediate Level:

  • GCIH: GIAC Certified Incident Handler

Advanced Level:

  • GEVA: GIAC Enterprise Vulnerability Assessor
  • GPEN: GIAC Certified Penetration Tester
  • GWAPT: GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester
  • GPYC: GIAC Python Coder
  • GMOB: GIAC Mobile Device Security Analyst
  • GCPN: GIAC Cloud Penetration Tester
  • GAWN: GIAC Assessing Wireless Networks
  • GXPN: GIAC Exploit Researcher and Advanced Penetration Tester

Digital Forensics & Incident Response

Intermediate Level:

  • GCFE: GIAC Certified Forensics Examiner
  • GBFA: GIAC Battlefield Forensics and Acquisition

Advanced Level:

  • GCFA: GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst
  • GNFA: GIAC Network Forensic Analyst
  • GCTI: GIAC Cyber Threat Intelligence
  • GASF: GIAC Advanced Smartphone Forensics
  • GREM: GIAC Reverse Engineering Malware

Cloud Security/Developer

Developer certifications are targeted at developers and others interested in developing safe software and services. It includes three advanced level certifications.

Advanced Level:

  • GWEB: GIAC Certified Web Application Defender
  • GCSA: GIAC Cloud Security Automation
  • GCLD: GIAC Cloud Security Essentials

Management and Leadership

The fields of management and leadership are based on practitioners with (or lack of) technical abilities but help for the management or project management. They also play a key role in the organisational development and implementation of safety policies. The qualifications provide certification certificates for auditors, project managers, CISOs, computer protection legislation and professionals of InfoSec.

Intermediate Level:

  • GISP: GIAC Information Security Professional

Advanced Level:

  • GISP: GIAC Information Security Professional
  • GSLC: GIAC Security Leadership Certification
  • GSTRT: GIAC Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership
  • GCPM: GIAC Certified Project Manager Certification
  • GLEG: GIAC Law of Data Security & Investigations
  • GSNA: GIAC Systems and Network Auditor

GIAC Security Expert

Advanced Level:

  • GSE: GIAC Security Expert

GIAC Exam Process

GIAC tests are conducted online via the state-of-the-art GIAC testing engine in a procurement environment. The GIAC Engine was built on a long history of business, customer feedback and ANSI requirements. Features include the utilisation of RealSkillTest(TM) questions to evaluate real-world knowledge, a certification goal post-examination evaluation and a custom feedback interface for candidates to assist us in further enhancing tests.


When you have a credential to show that both the employers and your business colleagues have learned a particular skill set, you know that you have what it takes. Practical tests like CyberLive’s GIAC make a move closer to this competency verification. 82% of companies choose to hire certified applicants. The correct certifications can be what almost any company can get your foot in the door. Certain signals to HR managers and senior managers that they possess the skills they need in the particular job role.

GIAC certifications today span the range of IT safety work positions. Professionals certified in the GIAC work as safety analysts or as specialists (two of the most important roles), safety information engineers, security administrators in the network, database managers, developers, forensic experts, risk managers and auditors.

SOC analysts, technicians and supervisors, as well as cybersecurity managers, are required by large organisations with security operations centres. Companies also recruit staff and contractors who carry out reaction incidents, penetration tests and so on.

Start the path to become a security expert

GIAC will direct you through increasingly diverse skills and job roles throughout your career journey. Recently classified as one of the most demanding and important qualifications in cyber-safety, the GIAC Security Expert, a GSE company that holds the highest value in the industry.

GIAC certifications span the breadth of infosec

GIAC certifications are a milestone deep for industry-specific activities, including logistics, cyber protection, cloud security, DFIR, management and ICS.

GIAC exams test real-world skills

Each certificate confirms the skills and probability of a practitioner’s performance in a real working environment. The GIAC CyberLive tests take this validation one step further, requiring applicants to carry out laboratory-based, practical tasks.

Industry recognition and respect

On thousands of work applications worldwide, GIAC certifications are classified as preferred credentials. That is due to the knowledge that hiring managers and infosec practitioners guarantee essential expertise through GIAC certificates.

Become part of the SANS & GIAC family

A group welcome to exchange knowledge, explore tools, and build new links is welcome to everybody who completes its certification test, and GIAC Advisory Board members are welcome to join.

Candidates seeking GIAC certification tests should consider taking tests in advance. An actual examination is imitated by a practice test and is therefore an excellent study aid. Two practise exams are available for all GIAC certification attempts (excluding the GSE). Some practical tests with training courses are also included.

For credential holders to remain certified, they must renew their GIAC certificates every four years with 36 CME. CPE credits could be obtained through approved training or certifications, continuous education, publications of the technical paper, graduate studies, community or work experience, or cyber activities.

Frederik Raabye, Governance, Risk & Compliance Specialist at Nemlig said “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.”