If you are motivated by the increase of major security breaches and want to elevate your security role across a broad scope of infosec areas, this is the ideal skill enhancement tool for you.

The need for highly skilled security professionals is a global need as the amount of cyber threats continue to grow. Professionals looking to gain a comprehensive understanding of security tools and techniques will greatly benefit from the GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) certification exam. With a focus on 50 objectives, this exam certifies on a broad range of security skills.

This practice test will prepare you to confidently ace the GSEC certification exam. Ideal for security professionals who want to demonstrate they are qualified for hands-on roles with respect to security tasks, those professionals must demonstrate an understanding of security beyond the concepts.

Obtaining your GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC) certification signifies that you possess the ability to identify and prevent common cyber attacks and understand access controls, authentication, password management, DNS, cryptography fundamentals, ICMP, IPv6, public key infrastructure, Linux, network mapping, and network protocols.

GSEC Exam Details

The GSEC certification exam consists of 180 questions which testers have 5 hours to complete. You must receive a score of 74% or higher in order to pass.

Topics of Emphasis

  • Access control theory

  • Alternate network mapping technologies

  • Authentication and password management

  • Common types of attacks

  • Contingency planning

  • Critical security controls

  • Crypto concepts

  • Crypto fundamentals

  • Defense-in-depth

  • DNS

  • Firewalls

  • Honeypots

  • ICMP

  • Incident handling fundamentals

  • Intrusion detection overview

  • IP packets

  • IPS overview

  • IPv6

  • Legal aspects of incident handling

  • Linux security: structure, permissions, and access

  • Linux services: hardening and securing

  • Linux: monitoring and attack detection

  • Linux; security utilities

  • Mitnick-Shimomura

  • Network addressing

  • Network fundamentals

  • Networking mapping and scanning

  • Network protocol

  • Policy framework

  • Protecting data at rest

  • Public key infrastructure (PKI)

  • Reading packets

  • Risk management

  • Securing windows server services

  • SIEM/log management

  • Steganography overview

  • TCP

  • UDP

  • Virtual private networks (VPNs)

  • Viruses and malicious code

  • Vulnerability management overview

  • Vulnerability scanning

  • Web application security

  • Windows automation, auditing and forensics

  • Windows network security overview

  • Windows permissions and user rights

  • Windows security templates and group policy

  • Windows service packs, hotfixes and backups

  • Windows workgroups, active directory, and group policy overview

  • Wireless security

Practice Test Specifications

When you purchase a practice exam, you gain 6 month access to a world of information that can help you succeed on the exam, including analytics on your strengths and weaknesses. This Practice Test has a few options available to enhance your learning experience:

  1. Customize your testing experience by configuring your practice test to suit your specific study needs. Select items by test objective, set study preferences and control how your answers are accessed.

  2. Select preset tests. These tests are made to provide a testing experience similar to a real testing environment. They are timed and filter questions like the certification exam. This option will help you determine your readiness for the certification exam.

  3. Flashcard review allows you to review concepts in a self-graded and unlimited environment. With hundreds of questions, these premade flashcards will help you understand concepts covered on the actual certification exam.

System Requirements

Hardware and Software Minimum Requirements:

  • Processor: Min. 500MHz Processor, 128 MB RAM

  • Screen Resolution: Min. 1024x768

Note: Some courses may be better experienced by using a higher or lower screen resolution.

Operating Systems:

Supported System Platforms

  • Windows 2000

  • Windows XP

  • Windows Vista

  • Windows 7

  • Windows 10

  • Windows Server 2003 (SP2 or later)

  • Windows Server 2008

  • Mac OS X v 10.4 or higher

Supported Browsers

  • Microsoft IE 7

  • Microsoft IE 8

  • Microsoft IE 9

  • Mozilla Firefox

  • Safari

Note: The browser version you're running must support 128-bit encryption or secured pages will not display correctly.


  • A firewall is a system designed to prevent unauthorized access to or from a private network. If your computer is located behind a company firewall, you might not be able to access portions of the Practice Test from work. Company firewalls sometimes block JavaScript, or won't let you log in to a secure server.

  • If your company's firewall blocks JavaScript, you won't be able to enter the Practice Tests from your work computer.

  • If your company firewall allows JavaScript but doesn't allow access to a secure server, you won't be able to access the classrooms from work.

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