GIAC Certifications Now Offer Practical Testing with a Whole New Design

BETHESDA, MD, December 21, 2021 — GIAC Certifications is launching a newly designed exam interface, created to enhance and improve the test-taking experience, to be rolled out in January 2022. This includes GIAC practice tests and certification exams as well as CyberTalent assessments. The new exam interface includes an improved CyberLive experience, user-friendly exam tools, and modern design elements.

“The new GIAC exam interface is designed to provide a greater experience for candidates,” said Kim Lucht, Director of Marketing for GIAC. “Feedback of this new design has been excellent, with test takers of the new format telling us the new exam design looks clean, well thought out, and more customizable to the way they take tests.”

The new GIAC exam interface makes it easier for candidates to interact with features of the exam, but the new design has no impact on the difficulty of the questions. The new design has several new and updated features, including:

  • Dark mode option that can be toggled on or off at any point both before and during an exam.
  • All buttons on the onboarding page and question screens are keyboard accessible.
  • During an exam, all question screens will have a collapsible toolbar that displays the exam time remaining and provides access to exam settings such as dark mode.
  • CyberLive questions now have a collapsible question box overlay in the virtual machine, eliminating the need for candidates to switch between the exam interface and VM when submitting answers to questions.

Candidates taking their exam in the new interface will have the opportunity to submit feedback upon completion of their practice test or exam, and candidates will still be able to submit feedback on questions. The ‘Flag A Question’ feature has been replaced with the ‘Submit Question Feedback’ link to make it even easier.

Until the new format is officially rolled out to all candidates in late January 2022, GIAC has enabled a button that gives all candidates the option to take practice tests using the old format or with the new interface.

About GIAC Certifications
GIAC Certifications is a cyber security certification body known for providing the highest standard in information security certification. GIAC certifications are accredited under the IEC/ISO/ANSI 17024 quality standard for certifying bodies. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates employee qualifications with a portfolio of more than 35 hands-on, technical information security certifications.

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 cybersecurity training and certification to professionals in government and commercial institutions worldwide. Renowned SANS instructors teach more than 60 courses at in-person and virtual cybersecurity events and on demand. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates practitioner skills through more than 35 hands-on, technical certifications in cybersecurity. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers master’s and bachelor’s degrees, graduate certificates, and an undergraduate certificate in cybersecurity. SANS Security Awareness, a division of SANS, provides organizations with a complete and comprehensive security awareness solution, enabling them to manage their “human” cybersecurity risk easily and effectively. 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.