GSEC

The GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) is a great entry-level information security certification for professionals who want prove that they’re ready for a hands-on job in systems security administration. If you’re already looking ahead to your MSIM or MSIE certification, the GSEC is the perfect place to start.

The GSEC exam covers a comprehensive list of topics, including:

  • 802.11
  • Access Control Theory
  • Alternate Network Mapping Techniques
  • Authentication and Password Management
  • Common Types of Attacks
  • Contingency Planning
  • Crypto Concepts
  • Crypto Fundamentals
  • Defense-in-Depth
  • DNS
  • Firewall Subversion
  • Firewalls
  • HIDS Overview
  • Honeypots
  • ICMP
  • IDS Overview
  • Incident Handling Fundamentals
  • Information Warfare
  • Introduction to OPSEC
  • IP Packets
  • IPS Overview
  • IPv6
  • Legal Aspects of Incident Handling
  • Linux/Unix Configuration Fundamentals
  • Linux/Unix Logging and Log Management
  • Linux/Unix OS Security Tools and Utilities
  • Linux/Unix Overview
  • Linux/Unix Patch Management
  • Linux/Unix Process and Service Management
  • Mitnick-Shimomura
  • Network Addressing
  • Network Design
  • Network Hardware
  • Network Mapping and Scanning
  • Network Plumbing
  • Network Protocol
  • NIDS Overview
  • Physical Security
  • Policy Framework
  • Protecting Data at Rest
  • Public Key Infrastructure PKI
  • Reading Packets
  • Risk Management
  • Safety Threats
  • Securing Windows Server Services
  • Steganography Overview
  • TCP
  • UDP
  • Virtual Machines
  • Virtual Private Networks VPNs
  • Viruses and Malicious Code
  • VoIP
  • Vulnerability Management Overview
  • Vulnerability Scanning
  • Web Application Security
  • Windows Auditing
  • Windows Automation and Configuration
  • Windows Family of Products
  • Windows Network Security Overview
  • Windows Permissions & User Rights
  • Windows Security Templates & Group Policy
  • Windows Service Packs, Hotfixes and Backups
  • Windows Workgroups, Active Directory and Group Policy Overview
  • Wireless Overview

 

Here’s what you need to know about the exam process:

  • Number of questions – 180
  • Time limit – 300 minutes (5 hours)
  • Passing score – 73% or higher
  • Prerequisites – none
  • Cost – $999 (or $579 if you take the accompanying SANS course)
  • Certification must be renewed every four (4) years

 

If you want to prepare for the GSEC exam, check out the following resources:

 

SANS GIAC Certification: Security Essentials Toolkit (GSEC)

SANS GIAC Certification: Security Essentials Toolkit (GSEC)

 

The GSEC Prep Guide: Mastering SANS GIAC Security Essentials

The GSEC Prep Guide: Mastering SANS GIAC Security Essentials

 

GSEC GIAC Security Essential Certification Exam Preparation Course

GSEC GIAC Security Essential Certification Exam Preparation Course

 

Click here to visit the GIAC GSEC website.



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