Starting the GIAC track with GSEC -- How do I study?
So I just passed EC-Council's CEH certification and now I'm looking for an actually good cert so I'm thinking of starting the GIAC track. I want to jump straight into GSEC (Skipping GISF) but a quick look at Amazon shows no books for GSEC! I've always done self study for my certifications and have always used books to help me prepare. So how do I prepare for GSEC? Any advice?
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By the way goo choice on certifications, SANS has greats programs, you should check out Masters Degree in Information Security - sans.edu
It is likely that SANS will not be getting regional accreditation from CHEA before 2011, and from the NSA until sometimes after that, so you may want to hold off on a SANS Masters degree in InfoSec until they have that all nearly completed. You may one day want those units to be worth something to other schools.
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Not to sound harsh, but take more than a quick look:
Amazon.com: The GSEC Prep Guide: Mastering SANS GIAC Security Essentials: Mike Chapple: Books
Amazon.com: SANS GIAC Certification: Security Essentials Toolkit (GSEC): Eric Cole, Mathew Newfield, John M. Millican, Stephen Northcutt: Books
Also, you could probably put together your own material from the certification bulletin at GSEC Certification Bulletin.
Also, SANS has a work study program (SANS Institute - Work Study Program). For $700, you can work at a SANS event passing out worksheets and answering questions and you will get access to the online material for the training course.
“We build our computer (systems) the way we build our cities: over time, without a plan, on top of ruins” - Ellen Ullman
Not to sound harsh, but maybe you should take a closer look at those books. The first one is out of stock and from 2003 and the other is from 2002. Not exactly stellar choices....
I already have an MS in Information Security and Assurance from George Mason.
You can always go the workstudy route for the class. For $700 you get to take the class and get the on demand materials if they're available. Doesn't get much cheaper than that.
SANS Institute - Work Study Program