GSEC vs. CySA+


Degrees are a good way to get yourself going up the corporate ladder, but in the world of cybersecurity, they will only get you so far. Eventually, most will have to back up their knowledge and skills with a professional certification that will verify an elevated level of cybersecurity knowledge. 

This article will compare and contrast two of the leading intermediate-level cybersecurity certifications — the GIAC®️ Security Essentials Certification (GSEC) and CompTIA’s Cybersecurity Analyst+ (CySA+) certification. We will explore each certification’s prerequisites, material covered and exam details, and conclude with a well-founded recommendation for which certification you should earn.

About GSEC

GSEC is a cybersecurity certification hosted by GIAC and is considered one of the top cybersecurity certifications on the market. This certification is composed of questions created by Subject-Matter Experts (SME) that put their questions up against a Job Task Analysis (JTA) process. This process verifies that the questions reflect current industry standards, to real-world duties in the field, and that the skills are necessary to best perform job responsibilities. 

According to GIAC, GSEC validates the certification holder’s information security knowledge beyond that of simple concepts and terminology. This translates into a hands-on information security-centered exam with emphasis placed on real-world information security tasks likely to be encountered on the job.

GSEC prerequisites

GIAC does not require any specific prerequisites to take the GSEC certification exam. With that said, training is recommended in order to avoid having to retake it. There are several good study guides available, but nothing will beat training for the GSEC. 

Candidates should keep in mind that GIAC requires a much larger exam registration fee than other hosting organizations, and GSEC is no exception. 

GSEC material covered

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