Just Passed My GCIH!!

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    • #8088
      matt81
      Participant

      I just passed my SANS GCIH exam and I’m very excited about it. It was a great certification and I learned quite a bit studying for it.

      If you have any questions on my preparation for the exam, please let me know. I’ll help you where I can, without giving away anything about the test itself.

    • #51218
      hayabusa
      Participant

      Congrate, matt81!

      So…  What’s next?  😉

    • #51219
      matt81
      Participant

      Honestly, it’s been a few years since I’ve taken any exams and I need to catch up on a few. I’m most likely going to take the CEH exam and move onto the OWSP.

      Any recomendations?

    • #51220
      dynamik
      Participant

      Congrats! The GCIH is a solid cert. Quality over quantity 8)

      What are your goals? Those are obviously going to affect recommendations.

      The OSWP is fairly easy; the exam doesn’t cover more than is included in the course materials. You should be able to knock that out quickly if you go through and understand the exercises.

    • #51221
      azmatt
      Participant

      Congrats on the pass!

    • #51222
      matt81
      Participant

      Honestly, I’ve been working now for the past couple years without taking any exams and I feel like I need to play catch up. I took the GCIH, was going to follow up with the OWSP and then on to the GWAPT to get the full gambit. We’ll see though.

      Do you have any recomenedations? I’m always open?

      @ajohnson wrote:

      Congrats! The GCIH is a solid cert. Quality over quantity 8)

      What are your goals? Those are obviously going to affect recommendations.

      The OSWP is fairly easy; the exam doesn’t cover more than is included in the course materials. You should be able to knock that out quickly if you go through and understand the exercises.

    • #51223
      dynamik
      Participant

      @matt81 wrote:

      Honestly, I’ve been working now for the past couple years without taking any exams and I feel like I need to play catch up. I took the GCIH, was going to follow up with the OWSP and then on to the GWAPT to get the full gambit. We’ll see though.

      Do you have any recomenedations? I’m always open?

      What type of position do you currently hold? Where do you want to go? What are your goals?

      Recommendations will be vary greatly depending on if you want to be a pen tester compared, or if you want to go into management, or if you want to do something else entirely.

    • #51224
      lorddicranius
      Participant

      Gratz, matt81!  GCIH is one of the classes I have on my “want to do” list.

    • #51225
      matt81
      Participant

      Recommendations will be vary greatly depending on if you want to be a pen tester compared, or if you want to go into management, or if you want to do something else entirely.

      Currently I’m an engineer, but would like to work my ways towards more of a managment position. Does this help?

    • #51226
      UNIX
      Participant

      If you are more interested in information security management, I’d recommend to take a look at CISM, CISA and CISSP.

    • #51227
      dynamik
      Participant

      @UNIX wrote:

      If you are more interested in information security management, I’d recommend to take a look at CISM, CISA and CISSP.

      +1 CISSP will get you the most bang for you buck, but IMHO, CISM had more relevant material. The CISSP is commonly referred to as being a mile wide and an inch deep, and covers everything from physical security to encryption. The CISM focuses on information security management and doesn’t include all the ancillary topics.

      The CISA is geared more towards auditing, but it will likely be useful knowledge to have in a management role since you will likely be dealing with SSAE16 audits, PCI audits, internal audits, etc.

    • #51228
      Dark_Knight
      Participant

      Whatever path you choose, still do the CISSP. It is a necessary evil. So you might as well get it over and done with.

      I will doing it sometime next year.

    • #51229
      matt81
      Participant

      To be honesty with you I was going to attempt the following this year:

      1. CEH
      2. OWSP
      3. CISM

      If I’m able to I’m going to attempt the CISSP or a course to take it by the end of the year or earlier next year.

      Regarding the CEH how difficult it is compared to the GCIH exam?

    • #51230
      hayabusa
      Participant

      If you’re good at memorization, you really shouldn’t have trouble with CEH (although when I took the v7 refresher – full class –  a couple of years ago, I was surprised that only I and one other person passed the exam at the end…  Really didn’t think it was THAT difficult)

    • #51231
      caissyd
      Participant

      Congratulations matt81 for your GCIH cert!!

      I would go for CISSP next if you aim at being a manager. Like the others said, it is a necessary evil…

    • #51232
      Don Donzal
      Keymaster

      Being from SANS, the GCIH is highly respected. Add that to CISSP which is widely known by HR directors and managers, and you’re doing well. If OSWP (hope you meant this and your response was a typo) is on your radar, I would do that (or rather OSCP) and skip CEH. It is more respected from the pen testing technical people. So you would have GCIH for defense, CISSP for managers and then OSWP/OSCP for the hard core pentest interviewers. Do you have a degree? True work experience? If you could add those 2 additional items, then this is about the best you can do to help your resume jump to the top.

      Hope it helps,
      Don

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