GIAC Offers Security Certificates
SANS’ Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) program has added two new certificate titles: GIAC HIPAA Security Certificate (GHSC) and GIAC Solaris Gold Standard Certificate (GGSC-0200). There are now three certificates available, including the GIAC Windows 2000 Gold Standard Certificate (GGSC-0100).
GIAC certificates require fewer days of training than its full-blown certifications. Candidates must complete a written practical assignment and pass a multiple-choice test to earn one of the certificates. All three of the certificates must be completed within a 10-week time frame.
The GIAC HIPAA Security Certificate (GHSC) is designed for health care and related IT staff members, HIPAA security officers, consultants working in the health care industry and small clinic office managers. It is targeted at those who are responsible for information security at health-care-related organizations. Those who hold the GHSC certificate have shown they are familiar with HIPAA regulations and are able to enforce administrative, physical and technical safeguards called for by the HIPAA Security Rule, part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
The GIAC Solaris Gold Standard Certificate (GGSC-0200) is meant for system administrators, auditors, security officers and security managers working with Solaris systems. The certificate focuses on hardening Solaris 8 and 9 systems according to benchmarks set by the Center for Internet Security (CIS). Candidates must be familiar with processes and services running on a Solaris system and their security impact, as well as the methods for running them safely and how to enforce and audit the CIS benchmark.
The GIAC Windows 2000 Gold Standard Certificate (GGSC-0100) targets a similar audience as the GGSC-0200, but is meant for those working with Windows 2000 systems. Candidates will learn to use security policy templates to establish baseline security configurations and will learn methods of applying those configurations to Windows 2000 systems.
More information on the GIAC certificate program can be found at http://www.giac.org/certificates.php.