GSIP - GIAC Secure Internet Presence
The GSIP is a security certification that demonstrates that the owner can, using Linux, create a secure web application environment.
It is maintained by the SANS Institute (SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security).
The GSIP is a hands-on certification that covers how to work with Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP to create a secure web system. This includes concepts such as Linux and database security, mod security and defensive measures.
The SANS Institute offers a course for preparing for this certification. The course is called Secure Internet Presence LAMP and is listed as SEC-615.
The course can be taken through a SANS conference or course. It is not offered through self-study.
Three separate levels are available through the GIAC certification tree (of which GSIP 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;
- The candidate must pass two online exams, both multiple choice with time limits.