GIAC _ Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership (GSTRT)

What is GSTRT?

The new management certification, GSTRT, demonstrates that the holder possesses the skills necessary to be a modern security leader that can create security plans and programs that resonate with other business leaders, set strategic direction, and effectively lead their teams to accomplish business goals. Members of the C-Suite tend to view all technologists, and especially cyber security professionals, with a bit of suspicion and trepidation as they advance into the ranks of senior management. The skills that cause someone to be promoted into the CISO position are often different than the skills that keep them there as successful executives. The problem is exacerbated by the ease of “name dropping” senior executive terms like strategic planning, budget discipline, and return on investment. A certification like the GSTRT demonstrates the successful candidate has proven knowledge in both the cyber security domain and the skills needed in cost effective governance.

The GIAC Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership (GSTRT)certification validates a practitioner’s understanding of developing and maintaining cyber security programs as well as proven business analysis, strategic planning, and management tools. GSTRT certification holders have demonstrated their knowledge of building and managing cyber security programs with an eye towards meeting the needs of the business, board members, and executives.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for:

  • CISOs
  • Information security officers
  • Security directors
  • Security managers
  • Aspiring security leaders
  • Other security personnel who have team lead or management responsibilities

Learning Objectives

The topic areas for each exam part follow:

  • Effective Management and Comms: will demonstrate an understanding of effective team management and communication techniques.
  • Leadership and Change: will demonstrate an understanding of leadership and leading organizational change
  • Policy Development: will demonstrate an understanding of security principles, policies, and procedures, and be able to develop effective security policies.
  • Policy Management: will demonstrate the ability to assess, manage, and improve security policies and procedures.
  • Security Program Analysis: will understand how to analyze a company’s current security program and future needs while taking organizational values and culture into account.
  • Security Program Development: will be able to develop a security roadmap and build a complete program including business case, metrics, and socialization of the program.
  • Understanding the Business: will understand vision and mission as the pertain to business, key stake holders, as well as business analysis techniques.
  • Understanding the Threats: will understand threat actors and motivations and be able to perform threat analysis.

Benefits of GSTRT:

  • Business and Threat Analysis
  • Security Programs and Security Policy
  • Effective Leadership and Communications

Exam Format

  • 1 proctored exam
  • 75 questions
  • Time limit of 3 hours
  • Minimum Passing Score of 73%

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. 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.

General Information

  • Training is available in a variety of modalities including live conference training, online, and self study.
  • Practical work experience can help ensure that you have mastered the skills necessary for certification
  • College level courses or study through another program may meet the needs for mastery.

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