In this video, Marc Menninger describes the GSEC certification. Learn how this certification can be important to your IT security career. Discover topics you can expect to see on the exam and if there are any experience requirements to take it. Explore which jobs often require the GSEC certification and resources to help you prepare for it.
- [Narrator] The GIAC Security Essentials or GSEC certification, offered by GIAC, is designed to demonstrate your knowledge of security fundamentals. This is a great certification for security professionals who want to prove that they have the skills for a hands-on job as a security technician, specialist, analyst, or administrator. There are no prerequisites to take the GSEC exam, but you'll want to have a solid understanding of many technical security topics. There are six major topics on the exam.
Security concepts and technologies, such as access control, authentication, and password management. Networking concepts and technologies, such as network addressing, network mapping, network scanning, and network protocols. Windows security, securing Windows server services, Windows network security, and permissions and user rights. Linux security, configuration fundamentals, OS security tool and utilities, and process and service management. Attack types, 802.11 attacks and countermeasures, common types of attacks, and viruses and malicious code.
And cryptography, concepts and fundamentals, steganography, and PKI. IT security job listings that often require the GSEC certification include IT security specialists, analysts, consultants, and administrators. Helpful resources to prepare for the exam include the SANS Security Essentials Bootcamp, the official training course for the GSEC exam, and the GSEC GIAC Security Essentials Certification All-in-One Exam Guide includes practice exam questions and in-depth explanations.
For links to these resources and other related information, please see the handout for this video. Once you have the GSEC certification, it's valid for three years. You can retain it for longer by obtaining 36 CPEs every three years. Check the GIAC website for more details about getting CPEs. Getting the GSEC certification is a great way for you to demonstrate a firm understanding of important technical security topics.
Marc closes with a few pieces of career advice specific to the world of information security, which will help you succeed in this dynamic and high-demand industry.
- IT security key concepts
- Understanding the job marketplace (government vs. healthcare, etc.)
- IT security success traits
- Career specializations
- IT security certifications
- Getting experience
- Marketing yourself