GIAC Launches New Certification for GIAC Strategic Planning, Policy and Leadership, GSTRT

Bethesda, Md. – GIAC, the leading provider and developer of Cyber Security Certifications, has launched a new certification for GIAC Strategic Planning, Policy and Leadership (GSTRT).

The new GIAC Strategic Planning, Policy and Leadership cyber security certification is targeted toward managers responsible for developing or maintaining cyber security programs and technical cyber security professionals wanting to learn proven business analysis, strategic planning, and management tools. Get certified in GIAC Strategic Planning, Policy and Leadership:

"Members of the C-Suite tend to view all technologists, and especially cyber security professionals, with a bit of suspicion and trepidation as they advance into the ranks of senior management. The skills that cause someone to be promoted into the CISO position are often different than the skills that keep them there as successful executives. The problem is exacerbated by the ease of "name dropping" senior executive terms like strategic planning, budget discipline, and return on investment. A certification like the GSTRT demonstrates the successful candidate has proven knowledge in both the cyber security domain and the skills needed in cost effective governance," stated Stephen Northcutt, original author MGT514, GIAC Founder, Founding President SANS.EDU.

Successful GSTRT candidates will demonstrate their knowledge to build and manage cyber security programs with an eye towards meeting the needs of the business, board members, and executives.

"The new management certification, GSTRT, demonstrates that the holder possesses the skills necessary to be a modern security leader that can create security plans and programs that resonate with other business leaders, set strategic direction, and effectively lead their teams to accomplish business goals," said Frank Kim, Course Author SANS MGT514.

The GSTRT certification, associated with the SANS MGT514: IT Security Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership course, is available now to the public. For help with registering for the GSTRT 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. (