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GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC)

Your personal Learning Program with everything you need to best prepare for the Exam and become a Certified GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC), supported by your expert instructor.

course: GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC)

Duration: 5 days

Format: Virtual or Classroom

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The best course to get your GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) Exam and Certification - with Certification Guarantee!

Elevate your cybersecurity skills with the Security Essentials (GSEC) course. Led by certified industry experts, this program provides comprehensive training in essential security principles. Master key concepts and practical skills to safeguard digital assets. Validate your proficiency with the GSEC certification, positioning yourself as a competent and sought-after professional in the ever-evolving field of cybersecurity.

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Who is the GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) training course for

The GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) training course is designed for individuals seeking a comprehensive understanding of cybersecurity principles and practices. It is suitable for aspiring cybersecurity professionals, IT personnel, and system administrators. The course covers topics such as security principles and policies, network security, security assessment and auditing, security controls and technologies, incident response and handling, and cryptography. By completing the course and obtaining the GSEC certification, individuals demonstrate their proficiency in foundational cybersecurity concepts and gain knowledge in securing networks, assessing vulnerabilities, implementing security controls, and responding to security incidents. The certification validates their expertise in essential security areas and enhances their credibility in the cybersecurity field.

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Your Personal Learning Program will provide the skills you need, to help you do more of what you love. The 3-step learning program is built to teach you real applicable skills that open opportunities for you.

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We´ll cover the ins and outs of the subject so that you can apply it in your day-to-day work, and you’ll even learn the specifics that you need to know for the exam. It’s your choice whether to sit the exam, or not, but with our detailed guides and hotline, we’ll make it easy to access your exam voucher, and schedule and sit the exam online

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What you will learn during our GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) course

- Fundamental theory of access control and the role of passwords in managing access control.

- Critical aspect of contingency planning with a business continuity plan and disaster recovery plan

- Purpose, implementation, and background of the Critical Security Controls

- Basic concepts of cryptography
- High-level understanding of the major types of cryptosystems and steganography.

- Understand the mathematical concepts that contribute to cryptography
- Identify commonly used symmetric, asymmetric, and hashing cryptosystems.

- High-level understanding of the use, functionality, and operation of VPNs, GPG, and PKI

- Defense in depth is and an identify the key areas of security
- Demonstrate the different strategies for implementing effective security within an organization.

- How to architect a network to be monitored and controlled to resist intrusion.

- Basic understanding of the function and uses of endpoint security devices, such as endpoint firewalls, HIDS, and HIPS

- High-level understanding of the features of Group Policy and working with INF security templates

- Concepts of incident handling and the processes pertaining to incident handling.

- Cyber security risk management including identification of the steps of the Threat Assessment process

- A variety of Linux operating systems, including mobile systems, to better understand how to configure and secure Linux.

- Gain visibility into a Linux system to be able to secure and harden the system.

- Use of system baselines, log files, and other tools common to Linux operating systems in order to better monitor systems for signs of attack.

- How to use key security utilities and tools that are available for Linux systems to enhance system security.

- Demonstrate a high-level understanding of the importance of logging, the setup and configuration of logging, and log analysis with the assistance of SIEMs

- Understand important attack methods and basic defensive strategies to mitigate those threats.

- Basic understanding of the risks of network devices and how to secure them.

- Demonstrate a basic understanding of the function and uses of network security devices, such as, firewalls, NIDS, and NIPS

- Demonstrate an understanding of the properties and functions of network protocols and network protocol stacks.

- Take basic measures in securing Windows network services such as IPSec, IIS, and Remote Desktop Services

- The purpose and components of policy.

- Basic understanding of the risks of virtualization and cloud services and how to secure them.

- Concepts and relationship behind reconnaissance, resource protection, risks, threats, and vulnerabilities
- Preliminary abilities to create network maps and perform penetration testing techniques

- Demonstrate understanding of web application security and common vulnerabilities including CGI, cookies, SSL and active content.

- Permission application in the Windows NT File System, Shared Folders, Printers, Registry Keys, and Active Directory, and Privileges

- Understand how to manage updates for a network of Windows hosts.

- Techniques and technologies used to audit Windows hosts.

- Identify the differences between types of Windows OSes and how Windows manages groups and accounts, locally and with Active Directory and Group Policy

- Basic understanding of the misconceptions and risks of wireless networks and how to secure them.

Meet our instructors

Meet some of the Readynez Instructors you can meet on your course. They are experts, passionate about what they do, and dedicated to give back to their industry, their field, and those who want to learn, explore, and advance in their careers.

Kevin Henry

Kevin has served for years as an authorised instructor for (ISC)2 and is renowned for his 20-year contribution to learners training for IT security skills

James Rowney

James is recognised for his more than 20 years of contribution to learning and certification within IT Security.

Friedhelm Düsterhöft

Friedhelm Düsterhöft has 30+ years of work experience in IT, Information Security and Data Privacy.

How to best be prepared for our GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) course

At Readynez, we provide many resources and have experienced experts in the field. That is why we are also very successful with many satisfied customers. You can therefore safely take your course with us. In order to take the GSEC course, however, some prerequisites are required.

You have the perfect starting point to take this course with these prerequisites:

  • Basic understanding of Windows and Linux command line
  • Basic knowledge of Networking
  • Working as a System or Network Administrator for at least 24 month or equivalent knowledge

Our track record

With 15 years experience and more than 50.000 happy customers from all over the world, companies such as ALSO, ATEA, Microsoft, Serco, and many more, trust Readynez to help them train and certify their staff.

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These are just some of the many major brands trusting Readynez.

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GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH)

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