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Re: Preparing for GSEC
From: Rishi Narang <x72.x6e () gmail com>
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2007 00:57:32 +0530

Hey Craig,

Thanks for your info! I want to ask about the course. Apart from the
material, is there any way I can get just the topics' list and coverage
jist for GSEC.

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Craig Wright wrote:
Hi Ron,
I have these all. They are good introductory books and definitely worth
getting if you plan to do the GSEC. I use them as prep material in
training my staff.

The first book is particularly good for the tools focus. It is a simple
how to for a number of the common tools in a simple easy to use step by
step format.

Regards,
Craig



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-----Original Message-----

From: Ron Johnson - Adhost [mailto:ron () adhost com] 
Sent: Thursday, 23 August 2007 7:52 AM
To: Craig Wright
Cc: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: RE: Preparing for GSEC

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

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

Ron 

-----Original Message-----
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)

Craig



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-----Original Message-----

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 recommended.
Does anyone have any recommendations?





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