GIAC Launches New Certification for GIAC Defending Advanced Threats, GDAT

Bethesda, Md. – GIAC Certifications, known for providing the highest standard in cyber security certifications, has launched a new certification: GIAC Defending Advanced Threats (GDAT).

In today's world, everyone knows that cyber threats are on the rise - and that no organization is exempt from being targeted by dangerous adversaries. Often sponsored by states, these adversaries are ruthless in their attempts to obtain and exploit information for business or political gain.

Infosec experts agree that adopting a prevent-only strategy is insufficient: purple team tactics, combining security controls with attack techniques, are necessary to be truly competitive against the world's greatest cyber threats. GIAC created the GDAT certification to fill these critical gaps in the cyber security workforce and ensure that both practitioners and enterprises are well equipped to fight against advanced adversaries.

The GDAT certification is designed to validate real-world, hands-on skills dealing with offensive and defensive advanced persistent threat response. If you're working in a SOC as an analyst or engineer, if you're a security architect or manager, or if you're penetration tester seeking a deeper understanding of defensive controls, then GDAT is the certification for you.

Trust the leader in cyber security certifications, get GDAT certified today.

Erik Van Buggenhout, SANS SEC599 course author, says "The GIAC Defending Advanced Threats (GDAT) certification is unique in how it covers both offensive and defensive security topics in-depth. Holders of the GDAT certification have demonstrated advanced knowledge of how adversaries are penetrating networks, but also what security controls are effective to stop them. Next to knowing what controls are instrumental to prevent recent attacks, certified GDAT professionals know that prevent-only is not feasible and thus know how to detect and respond to attacks."

Candidates successful in obtaining the GDAT certification will have a deep understanding of how to prevent, detect, and respond to both traditional and APT-style attacks, and will have significant expertise in the use of cyber deception to gain intelligence for threat hunting and incident response. GDAT is designed to validate skills taught in the SANS Institute course, SEC599: Defeating Advanced Adversaries - Purple Team Tactics and Kill Chain Defenses.

The GDAT certification is now available to the public, and registration is open online. If you need assistance with registration, please email Get your GIAC Defending Advanced Threats certification today to confirm your ability to combat advanced adversaries and improve the safety of your organization.

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 116,000 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. (