Certification Full Name: GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst
Certification Provider: GIAC
Exam Code: GCFA
Exam Name: GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst
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GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA) represents a professional with an advanced knowledge and understanding of computer forensic techniques and tools to investigate issues related with the cyber world. It is vendor neutral certifications that prepares candidates in the field of cyber security. The certification is recognized internationally.
Right from investigating a data breach, a rogue employee, threats to the nation and complex cases all require professionals with a deep understanding cyber forensics. Professionals with this certification are usually found at the center point of investigations. They are known to provide answers for questions which would otherwise remain unanswered. These professionals are not only a part of law enforcement agencies but also involved with various companies. The certification evaluates a professional's knowledge and understanding of forensic analysis techniques, media and memory analysis.
The exam requires the candidate to have a proctor to supervise the examination. In total there are 115 questions to be answered in a time frame of 180 minutes.
It takes 4-6 weeks before results are declared. A candidate requires securing a minimum of 69% marks. In case of a failure the candidate is allowed to take a retest.
As such there are no prescribed pre-requisites for sitting for the certification examination. It goes without saying that a candidate should posses a basic understanding and knowledge of skills and ability to hold an investigation and have an understanding of techniques for handling various scenarios.
GCFA Certification Goal
The certification is for professionals working in the field of information security and computer forensics. The certification evaluates the necessary skills required by a professional for various tasks like collection and analyzing of data from Windows and Linux operating systems. It specifically tests skills in the field of:
- File Carving
- Data Extraction
- Structure and Analysis of File Systems
- Forensic Imaging
- Incident Response
- Malware Detection
- Timeline and Data Analysis
GCFA Certification Benefits
The GCFA certification spells opportunity and growth for both professionals as well as organizations where they are employed. While candidates are able to project themselves as professionals with technical knowhow, they are able to get promotions and salary hikes much faster. Increasingly a trend has been observed in legislation requiring private investigators to have a forensic qualification. The certification allows a professional to get the same.
One of our clients had recently made an acquisition. They needed to have a strong hold over the security systems of the organization. We were called in to provide an alternative to a penetration test that would include multiple systems and networking equipments. This would also have cost the organization several thousand dollars and around three months. During negotiations we were able to display our expertise in the field and expand the test to include nearly 500 systems across multiple locations. I usedthe skills and techniques learned during my entire experience to provide invaluable services to the organization and keeping a control over the costs.
Barry Frank, Computer Forensic Examiner, CyberSecure Consultants.
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