GCFA done!

VictorVictor5VictorVictor5 MemberMember Posts: 77 ■■■□□□□□□□
Hi kids -

   I'm going to say that GCFA was the hardest GIAC exam in my opinion. Did a fall short before, yes, but I am glad that it's now over. Finally!

   I studied so much on this that the books are getting ragged!


  VV5 out!
B.S. Electrical Engineering, M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering
J.D. Candidate (2L)
In the books: CompTIA Network+, Security+, CEH, Associate of (ISC)^2, GIAC: GSEC, GAWN, GCIH, GPEN, GCFA
ProBoard: FF I & II; HAZMAT: Awareness, Operations, and Technician; Fire Instructor I; NREMT: EMT-B. Next up: Fire Officer I
Currently Working on: PE-Electrical and Electronics, Patent and State Bars, and Juris Doctor (law degree)
Next: GCIA/GCWN and/or GCUX/PMP/GSE
Next after next: Med school!!!!! Lol

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  • Cuse0311Cuse0311 Member Posts: 53 ■■■□□□□□□□
    That's awesome! Congrats on the pass! Way to stick with it.
  • VictorVictor5VictorVictor5 Member Member Posts: 77 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Thanks @Cuse0311! Hope everything is well with you!
    B.S. Electrical Engineering, M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering
    J.D. Candidate (2L)
    In the books: CompTIA Network+, Security+, CEH, Associate of (ISC)^2, GIAC: GSEC, GAWN, GCIH, GPEN, GCFA
    ProBoard: FF I & II; HAZMAT: Awareness, Operations, and Technician; Fire Instructor I; NREMT: EMT-B. Next up: Fire Officer I
    Currently Working on: PE-Electrical and Electronics, Patent and State Bars, and Juris Doctor (law degree)
    Next: GCIA/GCWN and/or GCUX/PMP/GSE
    Next after next: Med school!!!!! Lol
  • charismaticxcharismaticx Sec+ GSEC GCED GCIH CEH CySA GSNA CASP PenTest + GCIA Linux + AWS CCP CISM GPEN GCWN GSLC Member Posts: 147 ■■■■□□□□□□
    That’s awesome! I heard this one was rough. 
    Goals: AWS Solutions Architect; OSCP; GPYC; GSE; CISSP
  • SecretUserSecretUser Member Posts: 11 ■■□□□□□□□□
    I'm taking this course after I finish 504 in August (hopefully). Did you have any knowledge of Windows forensics and artifacts going in? If not, how hard was the course without that knowledge?

    Did you use any outside resources to supplement the materials? I've been looking at andreafortuna's blog and 13cubed to prepare. Might give Phillip Polstra a try as well. I just want to be extra prepared going in because I heard the cert was TOUGH.
  • VictorVictor5VictorVictor5 Member Member Posts: 77 ■■■□□□□□□□
    @charismaticx - No doubt about it. Most definitely, glad it's over. 

    @SecretUser - To be honest, I had very little knowledge of Windows forensics when I took this course. And that, being completely honest, was my downfall. If I had to do it all over again, I would have taken FOR500 to get into it first. But being the hardhead that I am, I took the maximum amount of attempts, and waived to get in the 4th and final try. My scores were 65%, 68%, 70%, and passing for the last one (I think 78%?). After the third attempt I was beyond livid since I was so close. 

    So yes, this exam is not for the faint of heart. I don't care if it's open book. I'd put it up there with CISSP in terms of covering many areas. In fact I'd say it's harder than that.

    Andrea's blog is definitely helpful. I'm not aware of the other two resources. But remember, in the end, it's your prep and index that is going to get you ready for it. And labs! Yes focus on the labs. Basically labs and books. Just when you think you're ready, read them again and do the labs one more time.

    I will caveat that my nutty self is a glutton for punishment since I am full-time employed and in law school doing certs! But hey, YOLO, right?  :disappointed:

    VV5 out.
    B.S. Electrical Engineering, M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering
    J.D. Candidate (2L)
    In the books: CompTIA Network+, Security+, CEH, Associate of (ISC)^2, GIAC: GSEC, GAWN, GCIH, GPEN, GCFA
    ProBoard: FF I & II; HAZMAT: Awareness, Operations, and Technician; Fire Instructor I; NREMT: EMT-B. Next up: Fire Officer I
    Currently Working on: PE-Electrical and Electronics, Patent and State Bars, and Juris Doctor (law degree)
    Next: GCIA/GCWN and/or GCUX/PMP/GSE
    Next after next: Med school!!!!! Lol
  • charismaticxcharismaticx Sec+ GSEC GCED GCIH CEH CySA GSNA CASP PenTest + GCIA Linux + AWS CCP CISM GPEN GCWN GSLC Member Posts: 147 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Sounds like the GCIA all over again. Sounds rough. 
    Goals: AWS Solutions Architect; OSCP; GPYC; GSE; CISSP
  • VictorVictor5VictorVictor5 Member Member Posts: 77 ■■■□□□□□□□
    @charismaticx - Haven't taken 503 yet (that's on the list - eventually) but I'm tellin' ya, not fun. Worth it, but very rough. I basically used the full time limit allowed. Unless it changed, there weren't any simulated labs like GCIH and GPEN, but still.
    B.S. Electrical Engineering, M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering
    J.D. Candidate (2L)
    In the books: CompTIA Network+, Security+, CEH, Associate of (ISC)^2, GIAC: GSEC, GAWN, GCIH, GPEN, GCFA
    ProBoard: FF I & II; HAZMAT: Awareness, Operations, and Technician; Fire Instructor I; NREMT: EMT-B. Next up: Fire Officer I
    Currently Working on: PE-Electrical and Electronics, Patent and State Bars, and Juris Doctor (law degree)
    Next: GCIA/GCWN and/or GCUX/PMP/GSE
    Next after next: Med school!!!!! Lol
  • charismaticxcharismaticx Sec+ GSEC GCED GCIH CEH CySA GSNA CASP PenTest + GCIA Linux + AWS CCP CISM GPEN GCWN GSLC Member Posts: 147 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Oh really?! I thought GCFA had some. GCIA was mentally exhausting but well worth it. What made this one challenging. 
    Goals: AWS Solutions Architect; OSCP; GPYC; GSE; CISSP
  • VictorVictor5VictorVictor5 Member Member Posts: 77 ■■■□□□□□□□
    No, straight from the books and labs. Posters definitely helped. You're a fool if you don't bring them (not you personally, but you get my point). But again, it might of changed with the virtual labs. But perhaps not because some of the tools in that class weren't free (like F-Response), unlike GCIH/GPEN. 
    B.S. Electrical Engineering, M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering
    J.D. Candidate (2L)
    In the books: CompTIA Network+, Security+, CEH, Associate of (ISC)^2, GIAC: GSEC, GAWN, GCIH, GPEN, GCFA
    ProBoard: FF I & II; HAZMAT: Awareness, Operations, and Technician; Fire Instructor I; NREMT: EMT-B. Next up: Fire Officer I
    Currently Working on: PE-Electrical and Electronics, Patent and State Bars, and Juris Doctor (law degree)
    Next: GCIA/GCWN and/or GCUX/PMP/GSE
    Next after next: Med school!!!!! Lol
  • charismaticxcharismaticx Sec+ GSEC GCED GCIH CEH CySA GSNA CASP PenTest + GCIA Linux + AWS CCP CISM GPEN GCWN GSLC Member Posts: 147 ■■■■□□□□□□
    It sounds like it’s worth having. Maybe, one day I can challenge the exam. It sounds like a great course. 
    Goals: AWS Solutions Architect; OSCP; GPYC; GSE; CISSP
  • VictorVictor5VictorVictor5 Member Member Posts: 77 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I highly recommend it. You will learn a ton. But, don't repeat my mistake - if you know very little DFIR, go for FOR500 first if you can. It will set you up for success. 
    B.S. Electrical Engineering, M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering
    J.D. Candidate (2L)
    In the books: CompTIA Network+, Security+, CEH, Associate of (ISC)^2, GIAC: GSEC, GAWN, GCIH, GPEN, GCFA
    ProBoard: FF I & II; HAZMAT: Awareness, Operations, and Technician; Fire Instructor I; NREMT: EMT-B. Next up: Fire Officer I
    Currently Working on: PE-Electrical and Electronics, Patent and State Bars, and Juris Doctor (law degree)
    Next: GCIA/GCWN and/or GCUX/PMP/GSE
    Next after next: Med school!!!!! Lol
  • UnixGuyUnixGuy Are we having fun yet? Mod Posts: 4,232 Mod
    Congrats, it's a tough one indeed.
    Certs: GPEN, GCFA, CISM, CRISC, RHCE
    In Progress: MBA
  • VictorVictor5VictorVictor5 Member Member Posts: 77 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Thanks @UnixGuy! I hope your gym is working out for you given these unprecedented times.
    B.S. Electrical Engineering, M.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering, PhD Electrical and Computer Engineering
    J.D. Candidate (2L)
    In the books: CompTIA Network+, Security+, CEH, Associate of (ISC)^2, GIAC: GSEC, GAWN, GCIH, GPEN, GCFA
    ProBoard: FF I & II; HAZMAT: Awareness, Operations, and Technician; Fire Instructor I; NREMT: EMT-B. Next up: Fire Officer I
    Currently Working on: PE-Electrical and Electronics, Patent and State Bars, and Juris Doctor (law degree)
    Next: GCIA/GCWN and/or GCUX/PMP/GSE
    Next after next: Med school!!!!! Lol
  • UnixGuyUnixGuy Are we having fun yet? Mod Posts: 4,232 Mod
    Thanks @UnixGuy! I hope your gym is working out for you given these unprecedented times.

    No it's not, that ship has sailed :)
    Certs: GPEN, GCFA, CISM, CRISC, RHCE
    In Progress: MBA
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