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How to get GISP Certification

GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP) is an IT certification provided by Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), that is linked to training courses provided by SANS.

Do not confuse GIAC’s GISP with another certification related to GIS that shares the same acronym GISP, standing for GIS Professional.

FAQ about GISP

What are the requirements to get certification?

Unlike other certifications (like those from ISACA or ISC2), GIAC certifications do not require previous experience.

How can I find external training for GISP?

SANS has a specific course, called MGT414 “SANS Training Program for the CISSP Certification”, that corresponds to the certification. It would be the official course for this GIAC certification. You can find more information on this external link.

There are some books:


How much cost the GISP exam fee?

As of 2021, registering for the exam fee costs 559 USD.

If you perform, exam fee is 849 USD (to be added to the 7,640 USD for the course).

It surprised me that exam fee seemed cheaper without the course that with it.

How can I register for GISP exam?

To register for GDSA, go to GISP entry at GIAC website, then click “Register now” and follow the steps.

How can I prepare the exam?

You can find tips on this link:



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About pmgallardo

I studied Computer Science at University of Salamanca. Since then, I have been working first as developer and then as SAP consutant. This blog is about problems I dealt when using computers, and more important, the solutions I found. Whenever I am on an issue and suddenlly I have a flash that leads me to a solution, I document my discoveries in a post.


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