Q. What is the GIAC Certified Intrusion Analysts (GCIA) exam?
A. The GCIA exam is ideal for the security professionals who want to fill the gaps in their understanding of technical information security. This is helpful for System, Security, and Network Administrators who want to understand the practical applications of network and host monitoring, traffic analysis, and intrusion detection. GCIA certification is also good for the individuals who are new to the information security field with some background in information systems and networking.

Q. What are the prerequisites for the GCIA exam?
A. There is no prerequisite for the GCIA exam.

Q. What are the benefits to becoming an GIAC Certified Intrusion Analysts (GCIA)?
A. Passing the GCIA exam certifies that the individual holds the appropriate level of knowledge of network, host monitoring, and traffic analysis. GCIA certified candidates are relied upon by organizations to perform intrusion detection using network and host-based techniques.

Q. What certificate does it provide?
A. The GCIA exam is one test required to achieve the GIAC Certified Intrusion Analysts certification.

Q. How many questions are asked in the test?
A. 150

Q. What is the duration of the test?
A. 4 hours

Q. Which type of the test is it? (Adaptive/Linear)
A. Linear

Q. What is the passing score?
A. 67.3%

Q. What is the test retake policy?
A. If you fail your GCIA Certification exam, you may purchase a retake for the cost $199 by clicking on the “buy retake” link, under the “certification attempts” section in the GIAC exam engine area of your portal account. Once purchased, retakes are non-refundable. A retake will extend your final certification attempt deadline by one month and your adjusted deadline will be displayed in your Exam Engine. If you do not purchase the retake before your expiration date arrives, you will need to purchase an extension, and then purchase the retake. Please see the information on extensions below. Your access to any associated practice tests and/or audio files will be automatically extended to match your certification deadline.

Q. Is the GCIA exam right for me?
A. The GCIA exam is ideal for the security professionals who want to fill the gaps in their understanding of technical information security. Passing the GCIA exam certifies that the individual holds the appropriate level of knowledge of network, host monitoring, and traffic analysis. GCIA certified candidates are relied upon by organizations to perform intrusion detection using network and host-based techniques.

Q. What are the code languages available for the exam?
A. English

Q. What are the skills being measured for the exam?
A. The GCIA exam measures a candidate’s knowledge, skills, and abilities to monitor intrusion detection systems, and to read, interpret, and analyze network traffic and related log files.

Q. Where to take the test?
A. The primary method for taking a proctored exam is through the testing partner KRYTERION.

Q. How to locate a testing center?
A. Use the following link to locate a KRYTERION testing center near you: http://www.giac.org/proctor/kryterion.php

Q. How to schedule, reschedule, cancel, or confirm the exam?
A. GIAC offers a complete Web-based solution, which enables you to schedule your proctored exam through KRYTERION via the GIAC/SANS portal interface.

If you want to reschedule your exam appointment, you may do so before 72 hours of exam appointment. Click here for the details of scheduling, rescheduling, canceling, or confirming the exam.

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