Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC)

Author: Lukasz Nasiadka

Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) is an information security certification body. GIAC's purpose is to provide assurance that a certified individual has practical awareness, knowledge and skills in key areas of computer and network security. [1]

  1. Overview
  2. Exams
  3. Certifications
  4. Benefits
  5. References
  6. External Links


GIAC (Global Information Assurance Certification) was founded in 1999 to validate the skills of computer security professionals. These certifications include different skill levels ranging from entry level information security to advanced specific subject matters such as forensics, hacker techniques such as phishing or hijacking , and Windows and Unix OS security. GIAC was the first true technical computer security certification and has certified over 16,000 professionals.


Exams for the GIAC courses are taken online through their website via an account. They are multiple choice, open book, with a time limit to complete them. This time limit is usually 2 hours or 90 minutes with the results given immediately after completing the exam. Retakes are available to be purchased if an exam is failed. If an examination is being retaken, only the component of the certification that was failed needs to be redone. Up to three retakes can be attempted. A third failed or incomplete portion of your certification means the attempt is over.


There are 5 subject areas that GIAC certifies:


For Individuals: For Employers:

See also

802.11 Wireless Security
WiFi Security
Web Server Security
Tools for Linux security



External Links

Last Revised: Mar 28, 2007