GIAC Launches New Certification for GIAC Cyber Threat Intelligence, GCTI

Bethesda, Md. – GIAC Certifications, the leading provider and developer of Cyber Security Certifications, has launched a new certification for GIAC Cyber Threat Intelligence (GCTI).

The new GIAC Cyber Threat Intelligence cyber security certification is targeted toward those who regularly respond to complex security incidents/intrusions, including incident response team members, threat hunters, security operations center personnel and information security practitioners who support hunting operations, experienced digital forensic analysts, and Federal Agents and Law Enforcement Officials that have mastered advanced intrusion investigations and incident response. Get certified in GIAC Cyber Threat Intelligence:

"The GIAC Cyber Threat Intelligence (GCTI) certification, to me, marks an important moment in our field where we begin to move the art of cyber threat intelligence to science and codify our knowledge. In our complex and ever changing threat landscape it is important for all analysts to earn the GCTI whether or not they are directly involved in generating intelligence.

Technical training has become common and helped further our security field while the same has not been true for structured analysis training, until now. Many of us security practitioners consider themselves analysts but have not fully developed analysis skills in a way that can help us think critically and amplify our technical knowledge. It is in this structured analysis that we can challenge our biases, question our sources, and perform core skills such as intrusion analysis to better consume and generate intelligence. It is through cyber threat intelligence that organizations and their personnel can take on focused human adversaries and ensure that security is maintained.

Intelligence impacts us all and we are furthering the field together in a way that will extraordinarily limit the success of adversaries," said Robert M. Lee, SANS Certified Instructor and Course Author FOR578: Cyber Threat Intelligence.

Successful GCTI candidates will demonstrate their knowledge of tactical, operational, and strategic level cyber threat intelligence skills and tradecraft required to understand the evolving threat landscape and to accurately and effectively counter those threats.

"Today, we need analysts trained in intelligence analysis techniques ready to perform proper campaign modeling, attribution, and threat analysis. The Cyber Threat Intelligence course teaches students all of that, as well as how to avoid cognitive biases in reporting and the use of the alternative competing hypothesis in intelligence analysis. These are critical skills that most in industry today absolutely lack," said Jake Williams, SANS Senior Instructor and co-author of FOR578: Cyber Threat Intelligence.

The GCTI certification, associated with the SANS FOR578: Cyber Threat Intelligence course, is available now to the public. For help with registering for the GCTI certification exam, please email:

About GIAC Certifications

GIAC Certifications is a cyber security certification body featuring over 30 hands-on, technical certifications in information security. GIAC has certified over 103,000 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. Today, SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals in government and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach more than 60 courses at in-person and virtual cyber security training events and on demand. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates practitioner skills through more than 35 hands-on, technical certifications in cyber security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers a master’s degree, graduate certificates, and an undergraduate certificate in cyber security. SANS Security Awareness, a division of SANS, provides organizations with a complete and comprehensive security awareness solution, enabling them to easily and effectively manage their ‘human’ cybersecurity risk. SANS also delivers a wide variety of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, webcasts, podcasts, 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 support and educate the global information security community. (