Passed the GCIA!

calliclescallicles ■□□□□□□□□□ Posts: 13Member ■□□□□□□□□□
Finally, passed GIAC - GCIA exam! Special thanks to Khaos1911, dover, and laughing_man for the emotional support.

There are certainly more detailed threads on GCIA passing/failing, but I wanted to leave a few parting thoughts and this exam.
  • Index, index, index. It will win the day. My index was between 7-10 pages per book. They were detailed, organized, and manageable. My approach (and what worked the best), I did not want to reach for my books. During the test I had to reach to my SANS books ~3 times.
  • Time management. The first exam ran out of time and lost points to unanswered questions. This time I finished the exam in 3hrs. Advice: Be quick, be precise. If you don't know the questions, make the educated guess and move on.
  • Real test is harder than the pratice exams. The pratice exam gives you several benefits: time management, format on the questions, and the topics of the question. The summary at the end of the test is an excellent resource on your problem areas.
  • Helpful material outside of the Sans books:
    • "Network Intrusion Detection" Third Edition Northcutt and Novak
    • "Intrusion Signatures and Analysis" Northcutt, Cooper, Fearnow, Frederick
Passed: GCIA, GWAPT, GCIH Goals: GCFE, GCFA

Comments

  • DAVIS NGUYENDAVIS NGUYEN ■■■□□□□□□□ Posts: 1,472Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats on passing!
  • ccnpninjaccnpninja Senior Member EuropePosts: 1,008Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats on the pass!
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  • Khaos1911Khaos1911 Posts: 366Member
    I knew you would pass it. Happy for you, sir. Congrats!
  • JoJoCal19JoJoCal19 California Kid Posts: 2,799Mod Mod
    Congrats on the pass! GCIA seems like an interesting cert.
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  • calliclescallicles ■□□□□□□□□□ Posts: 13Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Thank you, all!
    Passed: GCIA, GWAPT, GCIH Goals: GCFE, GCFA
  • impelseimpelse ■■■■□□□□□□ Posts: 1,227Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Congrats
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  • fuz1onfuz1on ■■■■□□□□□□ Posts: 961Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Congrats! icon_thumright.gif Didn't see this post til now! icon_lol.gif
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  • tshaikhtshaikh ■□□□□□□□□□ Posts: 1Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    congrats on the pass..
    If you dont mind can you share your index?
  • shednikshednik Posts: 2,005Member
    Congrats on the pass!!
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  • calliclescallicles ■□□□□□□□□□ Posts: 13Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Thank you all again!

    @ tshaikh I will not be posting my index. It won't help anyone. If you need to borrow someone else's index - you won't pass the exam. However, if you are asking on how I formatted my index - I will say I had about 6-10 pages per book that I formatted in Excel. I broke it down into 3 columns Topic (alphabetical), page number, and notes. I used the notes for either what was written in the book, a definition, or a quick explanation. It was used so I didn't have to flip to the book.

    Knowing the material + a good index = success. Good luck!
    Passed: GCIA, GWAPT, GCIH Goals: GCFE, GCFA
  • GForce75GForce75 Posts: 222Member
    Thanks for the advice. It's something I looking forward to when I head to Korea. I'm assuming the GCIA is harder than CISSP. I never looked into it.
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