I passed both of my exams for the GIAC GSEC! I am now GSEC number 7131. Passing both exams qualifies a candidate for the GSEC Silver certification.
After passing the exams, there is an option to "Go Gold" where you complete a written practical on a selected security topic. Over the next several weeks, I will select a topic and proceed with the Gold Certification.
Despite the cost of the training, the entire experience was very well worth it. The content of the training material was top notch, the instruction was great, and the trip to Chicago was an event in itself.
Around three months ago, I accepted a new position with my currently employer on our network security team. Going for the cert (I had not passed the exams at that point in time) and knowing I paid out of pocket, showed the interviewers I was truly interested and committed to the field of information security. In this instance, certification mattered.
For those that can attend, I highly recommend the training.
See my scores here.
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