GCIA - GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst
The GCIA is a security certification that demonstrates that the owner has the skills to monitor intrusion detection systems IDS as well and analyze network traffic.
It is maintained by the SANS Institute (SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security).
The GCFW is a hands-on certification that covers intrusion detection in-depth. This includes concepts such as Snort, network traffic analysis, and IDS signatures.
The SANS Institute offers a course for preparing for this certification. The course is called Intrusion Detection In-Depth and is listed as SEC-503.
The course can be taken through self-study or via a SANS conference or course.
Three separate levels are available through the GIAC certification tree (of which GCIA is part). By completing this certification, the individual is at the Silver level of certification.
The Gold level of certification requires the candidate to write a detailed technical report/white paper. If the paper is accepted, they will be certified as Gold level.
The Platinum level is the highest certification available and requires multiple Silver certifications. To obtain this certification, extensive testing, research and assignments are required.
To be considered certified, the following criteria must be satisfied:
This certification must be renewed every four years.
- The candidate must pay an examination fee. This fee can be added onto a self-study course, a conference course or paid by itself (called a challenge certificate);
- The candidate must pass two online exams, both multiple choice with time limits.