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GIAC Launches New Certification for Python Coders, GPYC

Provides employers ability to identify experts that have needed Python skills

  • Bethesda, MD
  • May 9, 2016

GIAC Certifications, the leading provider and developer of Cyber Security Certifications, has launched a new certification for Python Code (GPYC).

The new GIAC Python Code certification is targeted toward penetration testers and information security professionals who want to use the Python programming language to enhance their effectiveness during information security engagements or projects. It is also helpful for experienced Python developers who want to build additional information security skills. Get certified in Python code:

Successful GPYC candidates will demonstrate an understanding of core programming concepts, and the ability to write and analyze working code using the Python programming language. They will be familiar with several common Python libraries, and be able to use that functionality in their programs.

"The security industry is evolving. The constant development of malware and new attack techniques means that security professionals must be able to rapidly develop tools to respond to these new threats. Likewise, penetration testers can no longer wait for someone else to develop the tools they need and must know how to develop their own tools. Employers need to know that their perspective new-hires have the ability to leverage Python to develop those tools. Now, the GPYC exam provides the ability to identify people who really have the skills that meet the needs of perspective employers," Mark Baggett, author of SANS training course, SEC573: Python for Penetration Testers.

GPYC certified professionals will be able to demonstrate the following:

  1. Ability to create and modify customer tools makes them a valuable member of any information security team
  2. Code developers with information security skills can:
    • a. Customize tools to their environment
    • b. Develop tools for the information security community
    • c. Increase productivity by automating previously manual tasks
    • d. Simulate advanced attacks and more
  3. Specialized focus on skills and techniques that will assist an InfoSec pro in penetration tests, daily work, and special projects
  4. Develop Python-based tools to interact with network traffic, create custom executables, test and interact with databases and websites, and parse logos or sets of data

For any questions or help with registering for the GPYC certification exam, please email:

About GIAC

GIAC Certifications is a certification body featuring over 30 hands-on, technical certifications in information security. GIAC has certified over 50,000 IT security professionals since it was founded in 1999. Eleven GIAC certifications are accredited under the IEC/ISO/ANSI 17024 quality standard for certifying bodies. GIAC is an affiliate of the SANS Institute. (

About SANS Institute

The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals at governments and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach over 60 different courses at more than 200 live cyber security training events as well as online. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates a practitioner's qualifications via over 30 hands-on, technical certifications in cyber security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers master's degrees in cyber security. SANS offers a myriad of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet's early warning system--the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to help the entire information security community. (