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GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC)

Master the essentials of cybersecurity and gain the knowledge and skills to protect organizations from cyber threats and maintain robust security postures.

course: GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC)

Duration: 5 days

Format: Virtual or Classroom

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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 this course for?

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.


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
  • Highlevel 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.
  • Highlevel 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
  • Highlevel 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 highlevel 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.


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

  • [Dictionary item: Orange-check] Basic understanding of cybersecurity concepts and principles.
  • [Dictionary item: Orange-check] Familiarity with networking protocols and technologies.
  • [Dictionary item: Orange-check] Knowledge of operating systems such as Windows, Linux, and macOS.
  • [Dictionary item: Orange-check] Understanding of cryptography fundamentals.
  • [Dictionary item: Orange-check] Proficiency in using security tools and utilities.
  • [Dictionary item: Orange-check] Experience in incident response and handling security incidents.
  • [Dictionary item: Orange-check] Familiarity with access control mechanisms and security policies.
  • [Dictionary item: Orange-check] Strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • [Dictionary item: Orange-check] Excellent communication and documentation skills.
  • [Dictionary item: Orange-check] Completion of relevant training or certification courses in cybersecurity fundamentals is recommended.

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

Kevin Henry is a well-known and highly respected expert instructor with Readynez.

Kevin has served for many years as an authorised instructor for (ISC)2 and he is renowned for his 20-year contribution to learners training for IT security skills- and certifications such as the CISSP, CSSLP, CISM, CISA and CCSP everywhere in the world.

Kevin is a force to be reckoned with, being an authorised instructor and training no less than 9.000 online learners monthly in the fields of information security and audit, in addition to the many students that attend his instructor-led courses with Readynez

He is also one of the most highly-rated instructors and most often he is given scores of 10/10 by his delegates. 


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James Rowney

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

James has worked on many large mission critical environments in some of the largest companies in their industries.

Understanding business requirements and drivers are essential to any strategy and design. Understanding environments are key to any application or infrastructure changes, both the immediate services they interface with and those beyond. A failure to satisfy Non Functional Requirements can not be fixed by a process.

Specialties: CISSP, CCSP, AWS Solution Architect Associate, TOGAF 9 certified 86080 member of The Association of Enterprise Architects (AEA) - 27519830. BCS Solution & Enterprise Architect Certified - AMBCS - 990529878, Linux RHCE V5 expired, RHCVA Unix, Storage, SAN, Netbackup, Clusters, Design and Delivery of Infrastructure.


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Friedhelm Düsterhöft

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

Friedhelm Düsterhöft is a Senior Information Security Consultant, Auditor, Trainer and Managing Director, and has 30+ years of work experience in IT, Information Security and Data Privacy.

He has contributed to various PECB whitepapers and articles, such as ’Information Security in Banks and Financial Institutions’, ‘What Does SIEM Stand For?’, ‘Why Organizations Fail to Pass an Audit’ and “How to Integrate ISO/IEC 27032 Cybersecurity with ISMS?’.

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FAQs for the GSEC course.

The GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) certification validates a practitioner's knowledge of information security beyond simple terminology and concepts. GSEC certification holders are demonstrating that they are qualified for hands-on IT systems roles concerning security tasks.

Join Readynez's course to excel in the GSEC exam and achieve certification. Specialized training for individuals and teams ensures success. Let us guide you to become a certified professional adept at essential security practices. Choose Readynez for effective preparation and confidently secure your path to GSEC certification. Elevate your skills and career in cybersecurity today!

Eligibility for the GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC) is open and inclusive, with no specific prerequisites.

The GIAC GSEC exam fee is 2318 EUR.

The GSEC exam syllabus covers a wide range of cybersecurity topics, including network security, defense-in-depth strategies, authentication mechanisms, incident handling, malware analysis, cryptography, and security policies. It assesses candidates' proficiency in various domains critical for effective information security practices.

Yes, GSEC certification can significantly enhance your cybersecurity career. It demonstrates a solid understanding of fundamental security concepts and techniques, making you a valuable asset in various roles such as security analyst, network administrator, or security consultant.

The time it takes to become GSEC certified varies based on individual factors such as prior experience, study methods, and time commitment. On average, candidates may spend several weeks to a few months preparing for the GSEC exam. This includes studying the exam objectives, enrolling in training courses, gaining practical experience, and taking practice tests.

All GIAC Certification exams are web-based and are required to be proctored. There are two proctoring options: remote proctoring through ProctorU, and onsite proctoring through PearsonVUE.

The difficulty of passing the Security Essentials (GSEC) exam can vary depending on your experience, knowledge, and preparation. The certification validates a practitioner's knowledge of information security beyond simple terminology and concepts.

To pass the GSEC exam, candidates must score at least 73%.

All GIAC certifications must be renewed every four years, with registration available two years before the expiration date.

The GSEC-certified professionals can earn an average of $94k annually.


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