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GIAC Security Essentials Certification Training (GSEC)

GIAC Security Essentials Certification Training (GSEC)

GIAC Security Essentials Certification Training (GSEC):

GIAC Security Essentials Certification Training (GSEC)- Hands-On

With the rise in advanced persistent threats, it is almost inevitable that organizations will be targeted. Whether the attacker is successful in penetrating an organization’s network depends on the effectiveness of the organization’s defense. Defending against attacks is an ongoing challenge, with new threats emerging all of the time, including the next generation of threats. Organizations need to understand what really works in cybersecurity. What has worked, and will always work, is taking a risk-based approach to cyber defense. Before your organization spends a dollar of its IT budget or allocates any resources or time to anything in the name of cybersecurity, three questions must be answered:

  • What is the risk?
  • Is it the highest priority risk?
  • What is the most cost-effective way to reduce the risk?

Security is all about making sure you focus on the right areas of defense. You will learn the language and underlying theory of computer and information security. You will gain the essential and effective security knowledge you will need if you are given the responsibility for securing systems and/or organizations.

Meets 8570.1 requirements

This GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC) Training course features intense training, and the exam is significant to IA workers in the DoD space, providing certification towards government security requirements. This includes the U.S. Department of Defense Directive 8570.01 mandate that department employees or contractors engaged in work related to information security be required to certify. The directive specifies GSEC as a choice for Information Assurance Technician Level II.

GSEC certification details
GSEC certificate holders are expected to have an understanding of theoretical topics, including access control theory, legal aspects of incident handling and incident handling fundamentals, as well as more practical aspects, such as dealing with wireless attacks, implementing defense in depth, reading packets and securing Windows Server services

GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC) Training covers the following topics:

  • GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC): Security controls
  • GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC): Risk management and cryptography
  • GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC): Network security and virtualization
  • GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC): Windows and Linux security
  • GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC): Exam review
  • And more…
Your Registration Includes
  • Five days of GSEC training with a leading security expert, bringing field experience and insight
  • GSEC Courseware and Study Guide
  • GSEC sample exam questions
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
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  • We can adapt this GIAC Security Essentials Certification Training (GSEC) course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this GIAC Security Essentials Certification Training (GSEC) course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC) course around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the GIAC Security Essentials Certification Training (GSEC) course in manner understandable to lay audiences.
Audience/Target Group:

The target audience for this GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC) course:

  • Network engineers
  • Network administrators
  • Firewall administrators
  • Early career security professionals
  • Anyone wanting a broad, vendor-neutral understanding of information security
  • Twelve to 24 months of experience working with information systems and networking is recommended prior to enrolling in the GSEC workshop.
GIAC Security Essentials Certification Training (GSEC) – Objectives:

Upon completion, the GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC) candidate will be able:

  • To develop effective security metrics that provide a focused playbook that IT can implement, auditors can validate, and executives can understand
  • To analyze and assess the risk to your environment in order to drive the creation of a security roadmap that focuses on the right areas of security
  • Practical tips and tricks to focus in on high-priority security problems within your organization and on doing the right things that will lead to security solutions that work
  • Why some organizations are winning and some are losing when it comes to security and, most importantly, how to be on the winning side
  • The core areas of security and how to create a security program that is anchored on PREVENT-DETECT-RESPOND.
GIAC Security Essentials Certification Training (GSEC) – Course Outline:

Day 1: Security controls</4>

  • Introduction and course overview
  • Understanding security controls
    • Common attack methods
    • Advanced persistent threats
    • Basic defensive strategies
    • Critical security controls
    • Access control
    • Authentication and password management
    • Implementing defense in depth
    • Active defense methods and techniques

Day 2: Risk management and cryptography

Risk management

  • Cybersecurity risk terminology
  • Threat assessment process
  • Vulnerability management
  • Penetration testing techniques
  • Purpose and components of security policy
  • Business continuity and disaster recovery planning
  • Handling cyber incidents
  • Logging, monitoring and SIEM


  • Cryptographic concepts and terminology
  • Cryptographic algorithms
  • Hash functions
  • Applying cryptography

Day 3: Network security and virtualization

Network security

  • Networking fundamentals
  • Protocols and protocol stacks
  • Securing network devices
  • Network security devices
  • Endpoint security devices
  • Intrusion-resistant network architecture
  • Securing wireless networks

Virtualization, cloud and web security

  • Virtualization fundamentals
  • Virtualization risks
  • Securing cloud services
  • Common web application vulnerabilities
  • Secure web communications

Day 4: Windows and Linux security

Securing Windows

  • Windows OS security features overview
  • Applying permissions and privileges
  • Group policy
  • Security templates
  • Network services security
  • Managing service packs and hotfixes
  • Backups and restoration
  • Auditing Windows hosts

Securing Linux

  • Linux security features overview
  • Access control on Linux systems
  • Hardening Linux
  • Logging and monitoring

Day 5: Exam review

  • GSEC exam review
GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC) Training Workshop course Wrap-Up

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