GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA)

Interested in Cybersecurity? Advance your career with GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA) certification.

GCFA Salary: According to PayScale, the average salary for GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA) is $95,437 in the United States.

About GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA) Certification

The GCFA certifies that candidates have the knowledge, skills, and ability to conduct formal incident investigations and handle advanced incident handling scenarios, including internal and external data breach intrusions, advanced persistent threats, anti-forensic techniques used by attackers, and complex digital forensic cases. The GCFA certification focuses on core skills required to collect and analyze data computer systems.

Related Certification: Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

GCFA Exam Certification Objectives & Outcome Statements

The topic areas for each exam part follow:

  • Enterprise environment incident response
  • File system timeline artifact analysis
  • Identification of malicious system and user activity
  • Identification of normal system and user activity
  • Introduction to file system timeline forensics
  • Introduction to volatile data forensics
  • NTFS artifact analysis
  • Volatile data artifact analysis of malicious events
  • Volatile data artifact analysis of windows events
  • Windows artifact analysis

NB: No Specific training is required for any GIAC certification. There are many sources of information available regarding the certification objectives’ knowledge areas. Practical experience is an option; there are also numerous books on the market covering Computer Information Security.

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