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GIAC Continues to Launch New Certifications for Cybersecurity Skill Needs

Despite the economic, social, and political changes that have taken place across the globe due to Covid-19, the importance of information security hasn’t changed. In fact, the critical need for highly trained infosec experts is only increasing as bad actors take advantage of the pandemic to exploit vulnerabilities. In alignment with its mission of providing the highest standard of cybersecurity skill assurance, GIAC Certifications is doing its part to keep enterprises and individuals safe by continuing to release new certifications. Cybersecurity practitioners are an essential part of global security, and GIAC certifications confirm that those professionals have the specialized skills needed to combat threats in an uncertain world.

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GIAC Certifications has launched two new certifications, now available to the public: GIAC Open Source Intelligence (GOSI) and GIAC Battlefield Forensics and Acquisition (GBFA).

The GIAC Open Source Intelligence (GOSI) certification proves that practitioners have mastered skills related to OSINT data collection, analysis, and reporting, relevant methodologies and frameworks, and harvesting data from the dark web. GOSI validates skills taught in the SANS Institute course SEC487: Open-Source Intelligence Gathering & Analysis.

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GIAC Battlefield Forensics and Acquisition validates abilities such as efficient data acquisition from a wide range of devices, rapidly producing actionable intelligence, and manual data acquisition and identification. GBFA confirms skills taught in the SANS course FOR498: Battlefield Forensics and Data Acquisition.

Both certifications address gaps in the current market for cybersecurity certifications. The GOSI certification, in particular, represents a new milestone in the field of OSINT, according to SANS SEC487 course author Micah Hoffman:

“As the first and only non-vendor specific, industry-wide OSINT certification, the GIAC Open Source Intelligence (GOSI) certification represents a huge milestone in the worlds of open source intelligence and cyber reconnaissance. It creates a marker from which students can be recognized for their achievements and competence in the OSINT field of study.”

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