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Everything you want to know about the GIAC Systems and Network Auditor (GSNA) exam

Q. What is the GIAC Systems and Network Auditor (GSNA) exam?
A. GIAC Systems and Network Auditor (GSNA) is a vendor-neutral certification that validates an individual’s understanding of information security. Professionals holding a GSNA certificate can prove they have the skills required for IT security related fields. The GSNA certification is designed to show that the successful candidate has an understanding of technical information security and a vast knowledge for auditing Windows, Unix, Web, Firewall, Routers, Switches, Database, and different kinds of security related issues.

Q. What are the prerequisites for the GIAC Systems and Network Auditor (GSNA) exam?
A. There is no prerequisite for the GSNA exam.

Q. What certificate does it provide?
A. The GSNA exam is one test required to achieve the GSNA certification as certified systems and network auditor.

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 test is it? (Adaptive/Linear)
A. The GSNA test is in a linear format.

Q. What is the passing score?
A. 70%

Q. What is the test retake policy?
A. If you fail a GIAC 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.

Q. Is the GIAC Systems and Network Auditor (GSNA) exam right for me?
A. The GSNA 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 Auditors who want to understand the practical applications of the Common Body of Knowledge. Managers can be benefited by understanding information security beyond simple terminology and concepts. The GSNA 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 languages available for the GIAC Systems and Network Auditor (GSNA) exam?
A. English

Q. What skills are measured in the GIAC Systems and Network Auditor (GSNA) exam?
A. The following skills are measured in the GSNA exam:

  1. Identifying fundamentals of auditing
  2. Initializing principles of database auditing
  3. Auditing Windows systems
  4. Protecting Windows data
  5. Monitoring Windows users and passwords
  6. Testing the firewall rulebase
  7. Wardialing
  8. Maintaining defense in depth
  9. Auditing and securing web
  10. Managing routers and access controls
  11. Auditing Unix unauthorized access
  12. Auditing Unix system

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

Q. How can I 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 can I 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.

Q. What is the exam fee?
A. $899