GIAC Launches New Certification for GIAC Response and Industrial Defense, GRID

Bethesda, Md. – GIAC, the leading provider and developer of Cyber Security Certifications, has launched a new certification for GIAC Response and Industrial Defense (GRID).

The new GIAC Response and Industrial Defense cyber security certification is for professionals who want to demonstrate that they can perform Active Defense strategies specific to and appropriate for an Industrial Control System (ICS) network and systems. Candidates are required to demonstrate an understanding of the Active Defense approach, ICS-specific attacks and how these attacks inform mitigation strategies. Get certified in GIAC Response and Industrial Defense:

Successful GRID candidates will show an understanding of the strategies and fundamental techniques specific to core subjects with an ICS-focus such as network security monitoring (NSM), digital forensics and incident response (DFIR).

"The GIAC Response and Industrial Defense is an exciting certification associated with the ICS515: ICS/SCADA Active Defense and Incident Response course. It is designed to assess and validate skills required by security professionals to safely and efficiently operate in industrial environments to hunt threats, respond to intrusions, and share the knowledge they develop in doing so. The combination of network security monitoring, malware analysis, threat intelligence, and incident response tailored to industrial networks ensures that as the threats to our global infrastructure increase we will have the professionals required to respond to them," stated Robert M. Lee, author of SANS training course ICS515: ICS Active Defense and Incident Response.

This long-awaited certification, associated with the ICS515 ICS Active Defense and Incident Response course, is available now to the public. For help with registering for the GRID certification exam, please email:

About GIAC
GIAC Certifications is a cyber security certification body featuring over 30 hands-on, technical certifications in information security. GIAC has certified over 96,000 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. (