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RE: Preparing for GSEC
From: "Ron Johnson - Adhost" <ron () adhost com>
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2007 14:52:22 -0700

I did see those on Amazon. Have you read any of them yourself?

Did you read the comments people are leaving about the books?


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From: Craig Wright [mailto:Craig.Wright () bdo com au] 
Sent: Wednesday, August 22, 2007 2:50 PM
To: Michael Hale; Ron Johnson - Adhost
Cc: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: RE: Preparing for GSEC

Go to Amazon - there are at least 3 GSEC books. At least 2 of them are easy to find and both are directly focused on 
the course - one being written by the course authors.

SANS GIAC Certification: Security Essentials Toolkit (GSEC) by Eric Cole, Mathew Newfield, John M. Millican, and 
Stephen Northcutt (Spiral-bound - Mar 18, 2002)

The GSEC Prep Guide: Mastering SANS GIAC Security Essentials by Mike Chapple (Paperback - Jun 27, 2003) 

Sans Giac Certification: Security Essentials Toolkit (Gsec)
(Certification) by Eric Cole (Paperback)


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From: listbounce () securityfocus com [mailto:listbounce () securityfocus com]
On Behalf Of Michael Hale
Sent: Thursday, 23 August 2007 2:07 AM
To: Ron Johnson - Adhost
Cc: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Re: Preparing for GSEC

Hey Ron,

I'm not aware of any books available for the GSEC.  You really need to get the SANS Material to do well on the test, as 
the questions are directly based on what's in those books.

The best way to get the GSEC on a budget is to participate in the work-study program.  It'll still cost you 500 bucks, 
and they'll work you pretty hard at the conference, but you get the full coursework and the exam attempt.  Plus, you 
meet all sorts of cool people, interact more closely with the instructors, and just get a better understanding of how 
everything works.  It's invaluable.

Another cheaper route is the local mentoring program.  You should have a class in your area.  It takes, IIRC, about 3 
months for the program to conclude.  You'll be responsible for learning the coursework while your mentor is there to 
explain anything that's not clear and generally reinforce the stuff you learn in the books.

- Mike

On 8/21/07, Ron  Johnson - Adhost <ron () adhost com> wrote:
Hello list. I am looking to study for the GSEC certificate and besides
going to the SANS course I can't seem to find any worth while books. The books I did find were out of date and not 

Does anyone have any recommendations?

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