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Certification: GCIA

Certification Full Name: GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst

Certification Provider: GIAC

Exam Code: GCIA

Exam Name: GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst

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"GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst Exam", also known as GCIA exam, is a GIAC certification exam.

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Certification overview

The GIAC certified intrusion analyst certification is designed for the individuals or an IT professional who is responsible for host and network monitoring, intrusion detection and traffic analysis. It provides the skills, abilities and knowledge to monitor and configure the intrusion detection system and to interpret, analyze and read network traffic and its relevant log files.

Who can do this certification

This certification is intended for security professionals who like to demonstrate their security related tasks. The candidate is necessary to show an understanding of the information security which beyond the simple concepts and terminology. It is not only for the security professional, even IT professional or any individuals with the required eligibility can appear and get this certification who wants to gain knowledge on this valuable field.


Today there is a wide demand for the security professionals these days. This GCIA seems to be a fruitful certification for the professional that does it; there are lots of career opportunities available in this field of security that benefits a person in terms of education and jobs. The certified GCIA candidate can able to earn salary ranges in between $90000 to $156000. The salary ranges may vary depends upon the location and years of experience that the candidate has. The certified professionals are well recognized by their institutions and they can expect high changes in their own organization by acquiring this certification.

Associated Exam

There are 3 separate levels are available via the GIAC certification tree. By achieving this certification, the candidate is at silver level of certification. The gold level of certification needs the candidate to take a detailed technical report. If that paper is accepted, then they will be awarded at gold level. The platinum level of certification is considered as the highest certification available and which requires multiple silver certifications. To gain this certification, extensive research, assignments and testing are required.


Each certification requires minimum qualification and pass in test to get eligible. In that manner, this GCIA certification also requires 1 proctored test passing certificate to get eligible. After achieving this certification, candidates can attend this certification test without any hesitation.

Examination Overview

The topics covered in the GCIA certification are listed below:

  1. Wireshark fundamentals
  2. Fragmentation
  3. IPv6, DNS, TCP, UDP, ICMP and IP headers
  4. Packet engineering
  5. Event correlation,
  6. Network architecture and IDS Rules
  7. Traffic analysis tools and application protocols

The total number of questions is 150 and required to complete within 4 hours given time duration. The minimum passing percentage for this certification is 67%. By acquiring this certification the candidate can able to demonstrate IDS tuning methods, correlation issue, ability to use tools like silk to establish flow analysis and network traffic, ability to analyze both the ICMP and UDP packets and identify common issues and ability to craft the Tcpdump filter. Also, they will understand the malicious and legitimate process, working of fragmentation via packet and theory capture examples and concepts based on fragmentation attacks.

Validity of the Certification

As it is a trendy and new technology involvement, this is the latest certification, which will take more and more time to unavailable. The candidate can enjoy the benefit out of this certification until it is available throughout the world. It is important to get the recertification for each 4 years to get updates or a retake of new available certification is necessary to maintain the validity of the certification.

Steps involved in the certification

Like other intermediate certifications, this certification also has 1 proctored exam which it is required to complete to get eligible for this GCIA certification exam. Then the candidates need to familiarize with the exam oriented topics to pass this certification exam. They need to provide correct information while applying for the certification. It is necessary to collect the certification from the institute and because that is the only proof for that the candidate acquired the needed skills.

Expert Review

Put the experience and knowledge to the test and achieve GCIA certification to accelerate the career. This is considered as the best and most useful certification for the security professionals, which helps to demonstrate their abilities, knowledge and skills associated with the traffic analysis by using the Wireshark from high to an intermediate degree of proficiency. By acquiring this new and latest technology through this certification, the candidate can perform better in their job roles. I am sure that this certification will develop spontaneous thinking which is the very important to perform security related tasks.

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