GIAC Security Essentials Certification

Computer certification programs are setting the standards for the information technology (IT) industry worldwide. Although most careers in the IT and communications fields are lucrative and lead to rapid advancement, you can move ahead even more rapidly if you have been certified. In fact, you often can earn a salary increase of 20% or more once you become certified. Nowadays, having a degree in computer science just isn't enough. Companies are demanding that their IT professionals be certified as a way to measure their skills as well as to guarantee that they can perform their jobs successfully. In short, certification will help a computer professional get a good job and stay competitive in what is now a highly demanding IT environment.

This training would be beneficial for individuals looking for IT job positions such as: Network Security Specialist, Senior Security Technician or a Information Security Manager.

Program Overview:

GIAC (Global Information Assurance Certification)is a credential which certifies the knowledge, skills and abilities to incorporate good information security practice in any organization. The GSEC tests the essential knowledge and skills required of any individual with security responsibilities within an organization. Note that the certification needs to be renewed every two years.

Target Audience:

Security professionals that want to fill the gaps in their understanding of technical information security; System, Security, and Network Administrators that want to understand the pragmatic applications of the CISSP common body of knowledge and managers that want to understand information security beyond simple terminology and concepts, In addition, anyone new to information security with some background in information systems and networking.


There are no prerequisites to take the GIAC certifications. Any candidate who feels that he or she has the knowledge and ability to pass the certification requirements may take the certification.


Candidates are required to satisfy a practical assignment which typically involves submitting a research paper, in additions to passing the following exam requirements to attain a GSEC credential.

  • Networking Concepts
  • TCP/IP, Routing and Host Security
  • Network Security Overview
  • Information Warfare and Web Security
  • Internet Security Technologies, Network Vulnerabilities
  • Intrusion Detection and Risk Management
  • Introducing Encryption and Cryptography
  • PKI and Steganography
  • Secure Communications
  • Wireless Security
  • Windows Security
  • Windows XP Security and IIS Security
  • Backing up Windows and UNIX
  • Managing Software, System Services and Auditing
  • UNIX Security

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