GCIH or GSEC? Which one is better?

Long DarkLong Dark Member Posts: 5 ■□□□□□□□□□
I got the Security+ currently, which certificate should i get?
Many thanks.


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    E Double UE Double U Member Posts: 2,232 ■■■■■■■■■■
    Without knowing about your current role or future goals, I will say GCIH.
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    LonerVampLonerVamp Member Posts: 518 ■■■■■■■■□□
    This isn't easy to answer without knowing what you do today, what you know today, what you want to do, and what you want/need to learn yet.

    I'll default to two things, though.

    First, I'd equate GSEC to be about a half step up above Security+, and that mainly due to the training you get and commitment (cost) to get it. I have not taken the GSEC course/exam pairing, and my Sec+ is from 2008, I think. But if you feel like you need to learn a lot more in terms of foundational infosec skills, GSEC isn't a bad way to go. From here, CISSP should be your next goal and is a good step up above those two.

    Second, I'd always suggest people aim high. Can you understand the GSEC topics in the syllabus/body of knowlegde today? If so, the GSEC may not be as fun as you'd think it was. In that case, I'd aim high, challenge yourself, and go to GCIH. I consider this especially true if your current training allocation may not be there next year, for whatever reason.

    On the other hand, just by asking this question, I think maybe you'd be at the GSEC level... :)

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    cyberguyprcyberguypr Mod Posts: 6,928 Mod
    As stated above, it depends. I personally never saw value in GSEC becuase my skills and knowledge were above that level when I discovered SANS. If you lack the foundational knowledge that SEC401/GSEC provide, then that may be a better starting point that 504/GCIH.
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