As a GIAC training expert, I understand the challenges that come with preparing for the GCED exam. The GIAC Certified Enterprise Defender (GCED) certification is designed for professionals who are responsible for protecting and defending their organization's network infrastructure. The exam tests the candidate's knowledge and skills in network defense, incident handling, and continuous monitoring.
- Understanding of TCP/IP protocols and packet analysis
- Knowledge of network security and defense techniques
- Ability to perform vulnerability assessments and penetration testing
- Understanding of incident handling and response
- Knowledge of continuous monitoring and security operations
The GCED exam is ideal for security professionals who want to advance their career and demonstrate their knowledge and skills in network defense. The exam is also suitable for system administrators, network administrators, security analysts, and other IT professionals who are responsible for network security.
The prerequisites for taking the GCED exam are two years of relevant work experience in information security and completion of a SANS Institute training course or an equivalent course from another training provider. The candidate can also demonstrate their knowledge and skills through self-study or on-the-job experience.
The GCED exam consists of 115 multiple-choice questions, and the candidate has three hours to complete the exam. The exam is available in both proctored and non-proctored formats. The proctored exam is delivered online through the GIAC testing platform, and the non-proctored exam is delivered as an open-book exam that the candidate can take at their convenience. The cost of the exam is $1,899, and the passing score is 71%.
There are several books and study resources available that can help the candidate prepare for the GCED exam. Some of the recommended books include:
- Enterprise Security: A Data-Centric Approach to Securing the Enterprise by Aaron Woody
- Network Defense: Security and Vulnerability Assessment by EC-Council
- CISSP (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional Official Study Guide by Mike Chapple, James Michael Stewart, and Darril Gibson
- Security Operations Center: Building, Operating, and Maintaining Your SOC by Joseph Muniz, Gary McIntyre, and Nadhem Alfardan
These books cover a wide range of topics related to network security and defense, and they provide in-depth coverage of the exam objectives. Additionally, the SANS Institute offers a variety of training courses and study resources that can help the candidate prepare for the exam.
Preparing for the GCED exam can be challenging, but with the right resources and study plan, the candidate can pass the exam and demonstrate their knowledge and skills in network defense. It is essential to take the time to review the exam objectives, identify areas of weakness, and develop a study plan that addresses those areas. By doing so, the candidate can increase their chances of passing the exam and achieving their career goals.