Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) is an information security certification entity that specialises in technical and practical certification as well as new research in the form of its GIAC Gold program. ìGIAC provides a set of vendor-neutral computer security certifications linked to the training courses provided by the SANS. GIAC is specific to the leading edge technological advancement of IT security in order to keep ahead of “black hat” techniques.Initially all SANS GIAC certifications required a written paper or “practical” on a specific area of the certification in order to achieve the certification.
In 1999, SANS founded GIAC, the Global Information Assurance Certification, which has allowed over 20,000 security professionals to prove their skills and meet challenging standards. GIAC is unique in the field of information security certifications by not only testing a candidate’s knowledge, but also testing a candidate’s ability to put that knowledge into practice in the real world.
A certification is proof an individual meets a minimum standard. The mission of GIAC is to provide assurance to employers that their people and prospective hires can actually do the job.
GIAC goes beyond theory and terminology and tests the pragmatics of audit, security, operations and management tasks.
For system and network administrators and security professionals, the program offers added confidence that you know what tasks need to be done to protect systems and networks and that you possess the skills needed to carry out those tasks.
Courses use a “first-things-first” approach, ensuring that dangerous threats – those that are actively being exploited – are addressed early and thoroughly.
GIAC certification ensures that certified professionals can keep their skills and knowledge current through periodic recertification and access to the latest, most up-to-date information.
Many large private companies and government agencies now request or require GIAC certification for new job candidates.
Confidence that GIAC certified individuals who are securing your systems and networks actually know how to do the job.
This training provides system and network administrators with the technical skills needed to meet their security responsibilities.
Many organizations, including the US government, are asking contractors and consultants to have folks certified before winning new contracts.
In addition to personal benefit, a certification is a manager’s tool in two ways. To begin with, it is a way to verify the time and money you have invested in an employee’s education is not wasted because your employee has something tangible to show for it. Secondly, it is a way for a new manager to know that an employee is capable because they have the credentials to show they know what they are talking about.
GIAC offers over 30 certifications in security administration, management, legal, audit, forensics and software security. Each GIAC certification is designed to stand on its own, and represents a certified individual’s mastery of a particular set of knowledge and skills. There is no particular “order” in which GIAC certifications must be earned; though we recommend that candidates master lower level concepts before moving on to more advanced topics.
Check the training courses below and find the one that suits you best: