GISF - GIAC Information Security Fundamentals
The GISF is a security certification that demonstrates that the owner has the basics of security.
It is maintained by the SANS Institute (SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security).
The GISF is an overview certification that covers many of the concepts of security such as business continuity planning/disaster recovery, security policy, risk management and others.
The SANS Institute offers a course for preparing for this certification. The course is called Intro to Information Security and is listed as SEC-309.
The course can be taken through self-study or via a SANS conference.
Three separate levels are available through the GIAC certification tree (of which GISF 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.