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Pen Test Certifications With GIAC

Prepare for a GIAC Penetration Test Certification by taking a SANS Course. Training can be accessed flexibly, is led by world-class Instructors, and is supported by high-quality courseware.

Nearly 70,000 security professionals have chosen the GIAC Certifications to validate their cyber security skills.

Founded in 1999, GIAC has become one of the global leaders in cyber security and Penetrating Testing Certification.

The GIAC exams available to study within this curriculum include:

Benefits of GIAC Pen Test Cyber Security Certifications

GIAC Pen Test Certifications are recognised globally. Those who hold a Pen Test GIAC have earned the right to be viewed as highly competent.

GIAC focusses on testing and validating practical skills and knowledge. Other bodies prize theory ahead of demonstrable skills.

Benefits For Professionals

Achieving a GIAC Pen Test Certification can provide:

  • Promotion and pay benefits
  • An enhanced understanding of pen testing
  • Clear communication of personal values and aspirations to peers and employers

Benefits For Employers

GIAC Certification benefits:

  • By standardising training around GIAC, employers ensure a whole security team follows the same process.
  • GIAC Certification ensures security team members' skills are completely aligned with industry's current best practice.
  • Having a GIAC Certified Pen Test team ensures peace of mind for managers.

Why Study With SANS?

SANS is the world's largest provider of cyber security training.

SANS Pen Test Instructors are widely regarded the world's leading technical practitioners. They are seasoned professionals who have earned their stripes through their work with high-profile companies, military bodies and government agencies.

SANS students receive instruction and tuition that is second-to-none. Read what previous students say on our Testimonials page.

SANS' Pen Test Courses are practical in nature and built around carefully designed lab exercises. By taking a course at a Training Event students have the opportunity to compete for a Pen Test Coin. Other training options include Online Training, which is highly flexible, as well as Private Training (for companies with more than 25 students).

SANS takes great pride in equipping students with quality learning materials such as expertly written textbooks, cheat sheets and hand outs.

See a sample of materials on our Resources page where we provide the pen test community with a range of free resources - separate to our training resources package.

How Do I Get Certified?

There is no predefined route to achieving a GIAC certification. All students need to do is register for an examination, prepare for the assessment and achieve the required grade.

The examinations themselves are held in a proctored environment. This is a certified testing centre that's local to students. There is generally a test centre within sixty miles of most candidates' locations.

GIAC examinations are open book. Students can bring their SANS textbooks, notes and printed documents into the assessment centre.


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