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GCUX: GIAC Certified Unix Security Administrator

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The Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) program is part of SANS, a highly regarded source of instruction and research in the information security field. SANS also provides breaking news, operates a security alert service and serves on all kinds of government, research and academic information security task forces, working groups and industry organizations.

The SANS GIAC program encompasses more than 35 information security certifications across several categories, such as cyber defense, penetration testing, incident response and forensics, management, audit, legal, developer and industrial control systems. The GIAC Certified UNIX System Administrator (GCUX) falls under the Cyber Defense category, and aims at professionals who install, configure, monitor and audit both Unix and Linux systems.

GIAC certifications must be renewed every four years by earning 36 continuing professional experience (CPE) credits. In addition, credential holders must pay a certification maintenance fee of $429 every four years.

GCUX Facts & Figures

Certification NameGIAC Certified Unix Security Administrator (GCUX)
Prerequisites & Required CoursesNone; SEC506: Securing Linux/Unix training recommended (classroom, on demand, self study or private; $6,210)
Number of ExamsOne exam (75 questions, two hours, minimum passing score 68 percent)
Cost per Exam$1,699 without training (called a GIAC certification attempt; includes two free practice exams)
$729 as part of a training course
$729 retake fee
$429 certification renewal

Exams administered by Pearson VUE.
Self-Study MaterialsPractice tests available on the GIAC exam preparation page (two tests included in exam fee; additional practice tests are $149 each). No GCUX-specific study guides found; GIAC recommends searching for self-study materials based on the GCUX objectives' knowledge areas and getting practical experience.

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