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The GIAC Incident Handler certification validates a practitioner’s ability to detect, respond, and resolve computer security incidents using a wide range of essential security skills.

How I passed: GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) and SANS SEC504

Exam Information

A diagram showing cybersecurity baseline skills, focus job roles, and crucial skills with a speciaized focus
A diagram showing cybersecurity baseline skills, focus job roles, and crucial skills with a speciaized focus
The SANS Cyber Security Skills Roadmap

SANS SEC504

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A challenge coin depicting a city and a searchlight with the numbers 504 inside it
The SEC504 challenge coin

How did I pay for the exam?

The SANS Work Study logo
The SANS Work Study logo
The SANS Work Study program is an excellent way to make the courses and GIAC exams more affordable.

Testing with ProctorU

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Books with tab markings and highlights
The seven books that are part of SANS’s SEC504 class (I appreciate the names — they made me feel 1337 while I was studying.)

How I studied

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My index (and a few tri-fold cheat sheets), which I printed and bound like SANS does to make it uniform

The GIAC Index

How I scored

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GIAC’s star-based rating system

Good luck with your studies!

DFIR, CTFs, disinformation, STEM education, and pretty much anything else that comes to mind. RIT Computing Security ’22. wyatttauber.com

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