GCIH Passed- 3/30, Summary and Write up

LR0926LR0926 Member Posts: 28 ■□□□□□□□□□
Hi everyone,

I just passed the GCIH and figured I'd do a quick summary.

I did the SEC504 course through the OnDemand method starting mid-February. I listened to all the audio and simultaneously read the corresponding pages. This took me about 3 weeks to go through all the material and create my Index. It was 30 pages long broken down by each book, Linux/Windows commands and the important tools. I then spent the next 3 weeks reviewing the material.

The test itself was very fair and comparable to the practice exams. I scored 95% and finished the exam in 2.5 hours.

For the first practice tests, I scored a 77% and a 93%. The first test I did not use any books or index and tried to identify weak areas I needed to focus on. This being my first SANS exam, having familiarity with the testing interface and setup was very beneficial.

I felt the key to the test was both knowing the material and having a strong index to know where to reference the questions that are very specific. I really enjoyed this SANS course and my employer is paying for either GCFA or GPEN later this year. I'm looking forward to the next course and until then will use my free time learning Python.

Thanks to all the other posters that shared great information in the past!


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    cyberguyprcyberguypr Mod Posts: 6,928 Mod
    Congrats on the pass! What's next for you?
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    E Double UE Double U Member Posts: 2,232 ■■■■■■■■■■

    I hope to join the GCIH club this year after I take SEC504 in May.
    Alphabet soup from (ISC)2, ISACA, GIAC, EC-Council, Microsoft, ITIL, Cisco, Scrum, CompTIA, AWS
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    5ekurity5ekurity Member Posts: 346 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats on the pass!
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    JoJoCal19JoJoCal19 Mod Posts: 2,835 Mod
    Congrats on the pass! I'm eyeing GCIH as well after I do the GSEC at the upcoming SANS 2015 event.
    Have: CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, eJPT, GCIA, GSEC, CCSP, CCSK, AWS CSAA, AWS CCP, OCI Foundations Associate, ITIL-F, MS Cyber Security - USF, BSBA - UF, MSISA - WGU
    Currently Working On: Python, OSCP Prep
    Next Up:​ OSCP
    Studying:​ Code Academy (Python), Bash Scripting, Virtual Hacking Lab Coursework
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    LR0926LR0926 Member Posts: 28 ■□□□□□□□□□
    cyberguypr wrote: »
    Congrats on the pass! What's next for you?

    Thanks a lot everyone!

    I'm planning on spending the next 6 months learning Python. A portion of my work deals with big data and scripting and automation skills have a good return on investment.

    A little bit off topic but is anyone here fluent in Python? What was your experience like and how long until you were writing your own scripts?
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    5ekurity5ekurity Member Posts: 346 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I actually have a Python class coming up @ WGU some time in the next couple of months. Picked up a Python course on Udemy as well; would be interested to see what resources others have used.
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    ansel1261ansel1261 Member Posts: 24 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Congrats , appreciate the write-up
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    DAVIS NGUYENDAVIS NGUYEN Member Posts: 1,472 ■■■□□□□□□□
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