GCFA: GIAC Certification Forensic Analyst Exam Details

The acronym for GCFA is GIAC certification forensic analyst. This certification exam validates the candidate’s knowledge and skills on the ability in handling advanced incident scenarios, conducting formal investigations, and carrying out forensic investigation of hosts and networks and other complex forensic issues. From this exam, candidates will also get knowledge on the ability to perform incident and forensic investigation in the organizations. After successful completion of the exam, candidates will become GIAC forensic analyst. The course mainly focuses on the skills that are required for analyzing and collecting data from Linux and Windows computer systems.

Training and Prerequisites:

For applying this certification, there is no mandatory prerequisite required. Any candidate who is interested in learning about the GCFA can apply for it. This course will suit best to the professionals, who are working in incident response, computer forensics, and information security field.

Regarding training, there are no specific training required for this certification but there are various sources available for the study guides and online dumps. It is recommended to gain practical knowledge about the course and various computer information security books are available in the market.

Exam Information:

The examination consists of 150 questions and the time duration allotted for this exam is approximately 4 hours. Minimum score to pass this exam is 69% or 104 out of 150. After successful completion, candidates will receive the certification from Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) within 3 weeks from the result date.

The following are the GCFA exam objectives and candidates need to practice all these topics before applying the exam. They are:

Computer forensic core
Application footprinting
Data layer examination and file system
Analysis / preservation guidelines and laws / Evidence Acquisition

Make the PMP Exam a Happy and Stress-Free Exam

It has been common to us to be really nervous during the PMP Exam. It even turns out to be the most stressful day of our entire lives. You might feel wanting to stop but you must not! You have given a whole lot of your time for that and it would be a waste of everything if you give up now. Think positive and move on, be confident that with all the sacrifices you did, you will pass. Trust in yourself and you will do great. You have the right to pass. But, if you really want to delay for awhile your exam, you could tell the Prometric testing 2 days before the exam or 35 days if paper-based exam.

During the examination day, you should bring important things with you. And your Identification is one of it. It should have your signature and photo in it. If you have a driver’s license, you could use it. But if you’re identification card does not have a signature, you could your other cards like ATM and bank cards. However, Prometric centers doesn’t allow Social Security Cards and Library Cards to be your identification card.

Also, never go to take the exam without preparing yourself.

– You should sleep early the night before the exam to gain more strength,
– eat healthy and nutritious foods like fruits and oats, if time allows you could at least have a short exercise, jog for a few rounds, to freshen up your body, mind and spirit,
– wear something comfortable. It’ll help you feel better and confident, and
– review your notes.

And be early half before the exact time for your exam. You could still relax a little bit, feel the fresh air and feel prepared, unlike being on time – you’ll be taking the exam while catching your breath!

As you start the test, they will be giving you a paper, pencil and a calculator. Before the test is given, write down first everything that you have remembered. You could look at your paper during the exam and it won’t that hard for you to answer. You may get too nervous to remember everything that you have studied. It is better to write it down while you are still relaxed as soon as the paper was given to you.

After that long and nervous test, stay calm! Relax! And you should feel great for you have done your best to take and pass the test. You don’t have to worry much because you will be receiving the results of the exam after 10 days. But, if you didn’t pass the test, don’t feel dismayed. Failure is part of our lives. Besides, it’s never been the end of the world. You can retake the exam again. And if ever you didn’t pass, all you need to pay is for the re-examination fees. So cheer up!

So, be ready for the exam. I’m sure you’ll do great; especially, you have done your best part for it. You deserve to pass. Be prepared and take the PMP exam with full confidence. Good luck!

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