SANS Certifications Summary

TitleOrganizationDomainYear EstablishedTotal Certified 1/19/15# of Exam QuestionsTime Limit (hrs)Min Passing Score
GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC)SANSSecurity Administration200115749180573%
GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH)SANSSecurity Administration200010439150472%
GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA)SANSSecurity Administration20004662150467%
GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)SANSSecurity Administration20083663115374%
GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester (GWAPT)SANSSecurity Administration2009229275270%
GIAC Certified Perimeter Protection Analyst (GPPA)SANSSecurity Administration2000177275269%
GIAC Certified Windows Security Administrator (GCWN)SANSSecurity Administration2000152875266%
GIAC Information Security Fundamentals (GISF)SANSSecurity Administration2004108175270%
GIAC Assessing and Auditing Wireless Networks (GAWN)SANSSecurity Administration200688175271%
GIAC Certified Enterprise Defender (GCED)SANSSecurity Administration2009865115368%
GIAC Certified UNIX Security Administrator (GCUX)SANSSecurity Administration200075575265%
GIAC Exploit Researcher and Advanced Penetration Tester (GXPN)SANSSecurity Administration201151775366%
Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP)SANSSecurity Administration2013351115369%
GIAC Mobile Device Security Analyst (GMOB)SANSSecurity Administration201334575266%
GIAC Critical Controls Certification (GCCC)SANSSecurity Administration20144575371%
GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA)SANSForensics20043880115369%
GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner (GCFE)SANSForensics20101771115371%
GIAC Reverse Engineering Malware (GREM)SANSForensics2005168875270.70%
GIAC Network Forensic Analyst (GNFA)SANSForensics20145950260%
GIAC Security Leadership (GSLC)SANSManagement20033003150468%
GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP)SANSManagement2006979250570%
GIAC Certified Project Manager (GCPM)SANSManagement2008160150470%
GIAC Systems and Network Auditor (GSNA)SANSAudit20011941115370%
GIAC Secure Software Programmer-Java (GSSP-JAVA)SANSSoftware Security200759475373.30%
GIAC Certified Web Application Defender (GWEB)SANSSoftware Security201134775368%
GIAC Secure Software Programmer- .NET (GSSP-.NET)SANSSoftware Security200921175366%
GIAC Law of Data Security & Investigations (GLEG)SANSLegal200731575271%

All of these SANS credentials have a base price of $1,099 (prior to any training related discounts). All of the certifications require renewal after 4 years which can be accomplished via 36 Continuing Education Credits and a renewal fee of $399. Another option to retain the certification after the four years is to retake the exam.

**GIAC Security Expert (GSE) Overview requires passing an exam & a two day hands on lab ($1999 fee). It is the only SANS certification that requires a lab. This certification also has the following pre-requisite baseline : GSEC, GCIH, GCIA with two gold.