GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) - Only 4 Days

Seven reasons why you should sit your GCIH course with Firebrand Training

Find Out How We Help You To Learn New Skills Quickly

  1. You’ll be trained in just 4 days.
  2. Our course is all-inclusive. A one-off fee covers all course materials, accommodation and meals
  3. Pass GCIH first time or train again for free. This is our guarantee. We’re confident you’ll pass your course first time. But if not, come back within a year and only pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs
  4. You’ll learn more. A day with a traditional training provider generally runs from 9am – 5pm, with a nice long break for lunch. With Firebrand Training you’ll get at least 12 hours/day quality learning time, with your instructor
  5. You’ll learn faster. Chances are, you’ll have a different learning style to those around you. We combine visual, auditory and tactile styles to deliver the material in a way that ensures you will learn faster and more easily
  6. You’ll get award-winning training. We’ve been named in Training Industry’s “Top 20 IT Training Companies of the Year” every year since 2010. As well as winning many more awards, we’ve trained and certified 65,217 professionals, and we’re partners with all of the big names in the business
  7. You'll do more than study courseware. We use labs, case studies and practice tests to make sure you can apply your new knowledge to the work environment. Our instructors use demonstrations and real-world experience to keep the day interesting and engaging

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Here's the Firebrand Training review section. Since 2001 we've trained exactly 65,217 students and asked them all to review our Accelerated Learning. Currently, 96.57% have said Firebrand exceeded their expectations:



"The centre is very well equipped, with many courses going on at the same time but all independent. The shared meal-times and general communal facilities at Wyboston are great. The lecturer was well prepared, the course was well structured and the materials were good in support of the learning objectives."
Dave Pearson. - GIAC Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) (5 days) (2017.10.30 to 2017.11.3)

"Course was interactive, and beneficial with extensive content. Food was plentiful, good facilities with friendly staff."
Roman Hill, Fiserv . - GIAC Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) (5 days) (2017.9.4 to 2017.9.8)

"Very impressed with the details of the course and thanks to the instructor for assisting us and guiding us through the course. "
Anjay Mandalia, WOODGROUP . - GIAC Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) (5 days) (2017.9.4 to 2017.9.8)

"A very informative and enjoyable experience."
I.M.. - GIAC Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) (5 days) (2017.9.4 to 2017.9.8)

"5 Day GICSP is lead by an absolutely brilliant instructor. His wealth of knowledge is evident and his passion for the subject unmatched. He brought to life the training with real world scenarios and practical tips. I would strongly recommend this to any practitioner/aspiring professional within the ICS space."
L.S.. - GIAC Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) (5 days) (2017.9.4 to 2017.9.8)

"Great teaching from skilled and experienced instructors."
Thomas Tronier-Rasmussen, DONG Energy Denmark. - GIAC Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) (5 days) (2017.3.13 to 2017.3.17)

"Our instructor for GICSP was very knowledgeable and very experienced, and this experience added a lot of value to the training that we received at Wyboston Lakes. The venue itself is also very good and lends itself well to intensive training courses. By the end of the week, we had developed camaraderie among the class, and a high degree of confidence that we will be able to pass our certification exams in the near future."
Robert Barnes. - GIAC Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) (5 days) (2017.3.13 to 2017.3.17)

"Our Trainer was extremely knowledgeable, helpful and very good at explaining things. Facilities and accommodation very good. No complaints especially as I passed."
D.H, Northumbrian Water Ltd. - GIAC Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) (5 days) (2016.6.13 to 2016.6.17)

"The real world experience from the instructor proves invaluable - a lot to learn not just about passing the exam"
Nicolas Goupil. - GIAC Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) (5 days) (2016.6.13 to 2016.6.17)

"This was my first experience with Firebrand and it went really well. The course was really intense and we were going through a lot. One thing, I would like to mention is that you should have a good and solid knowledge prior to taking this course, purely due to volume of material you have to go through. Facilities and Environment was really good. You have all the tools that you need to make it a successful training. Instructor was really knowledgeable and had lots of hands on experience. Definitely recommend to anyone."
D.I.. - GIAC Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) (5 days) (2015.9.7 to 2015.9.11)

"Firebrand Training is the best training centre ever! I have experienced extended help from my instructor when I decided not to sit for my exam due to a health problem, and was able to encourage me on when I should sit and pass my exam. Firebrand can help you to find the hiding talent you have."
Zaituni Mmari, eProcess international S.A (ECOBANK GROUP). - GIAC Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) (5 days) (2015.9.7 to 2015.9.11)

"Excellent facility, instruction and accommodation. Felt well prepared for the exam although it is important to remember to attend to the pre-requisites before arriving. Thanks for an immersive and successful week."
T.R., E.ON UK. - GIAC Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) (5 days) (2015.9.7 to 2015.9.11)

"Great training facility and as long as you're willing to put the work in, you will get value from any Firebrand course."
P.A, Chemring Technology Solutions. - GIAC Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) (5 days) (2015.1.26 to 2015.1.30)

"Excellent facilities and course diversity. Instructor was again excellent and the boot camp style of learning beneficial to my learning style."
E.B, Chemring Technology Solutions. - GIAC Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) (5 days) (2015.1.26 to 2015.1.30)

"Good knowledge and experience on Cyber Security for ICS."
Anonymous - GIAC Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) (5 days) (2016.11.21 to 2016.11.25)

"Firebrand provided a first class course and testing centre and makes getting the certification very simple. Having both training and exam in a single centre was very helpful."
Anonymous - GIAC Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) (5 days) (2016.11.21 to 2016.11.25)

"Perfect!"
Anonymous - GIAC Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) (5 days) (2016.11.21 to 2016.11.25)

"Great course with big knowledge in a team of different experiences."
Anonymous - GIAC Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional (GICSP) (5 days) (2016.11.21 to 2016.11.25)

"This is my 5th courses here at Firebrand. The teaching standard is excellent across the board. I look forward to returning for my change management course. Firebrand have ignited my passion for learning at this accelerated pace."
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"It was a great experience. Definitely would recommend the course."
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"During my time at Firebrand I have felt welcomed, respected and comfortable. I would wholeheartedly recommend the instructors and the Compita A+ & N+ course to anyone looking for an introduction into the IT world."
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"The training at Firebrand is excellent, the instructors have a very wide knowledge of IT Systems and even beyond that. All courses I have been on were set out clearly, well delivered and I was never made to feel left out or lost at any point. If ever I was confused, The instructors did an excellent job at explaining things in a way that was possible for me and others to understand."
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"The course was very understanding and clear. The teacher had a great sense of humor, which made the course more interesting. I feel I have learnt a lot over the past few days here."
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"I found the whole experience very good. It was new to literally living at the training centre and purely focus on this, but I think this works really well. Can't fault anything to do with the training centre or the trainer, who was exceptional."
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Anonymous - Microsoft Deploying Enterprise Voice with Skype for Business 2015 (3 days) (2017.11.9 to 2017.11.11)

"Good facilities, great instructor, great food. No complaints"
Daniel Lemmon, Aviva. - ISACA CISM Certification (4 days) (2017.11.6 to 2017.11.9)

"Firebrand is a well run organisation. The training was excellent and the accommodation very comfortable."
Helen Dove, Aviva. - ISACA CISM Certification (4 days) (2017.11.6 to 2017.11.9)

"Very insightful and enjoyable course. Tutor was really good, great at explaining everything and very approachable. The facilities on site were great too, and the unlimited coffee was also a bonus!"
Ryan Lay. - CompTIA A+ (4 days) (2017.11.6 to 2017.11.9)

"Real world training with plenty of practical examples and not entirely focused on teaching to pass exams."
Kristofer Donaghy. - EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) (5 days) (2017.11.6 to 2017.11.10)

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Jamie Ridings, Bartec Paper & Packaging LTD. - EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) (5 days) (2017.11.6 to 2017.11.10)

"Firebrand delivered a well administered, focused training environment with excellent Instruction delivered. Administration was 100% good and accommodation of a high standard. Training resources ideal. An excellent course experience which I would recommend."
Cathy Sareker, MOD. - ISACA CISM Certification (4 days) (2017.11.6 to 2017.11.9)

"A great way to get away from all the "noise" and focus on the training."
Nick Tuppen, BOAML. - ISACA CISM Certification (4 days) (2017.11.6 to 2017.11.9)

"A worthwhile and rewarding experience. High quality training, well organised at a quality location."
David Owen, Aviva. - ISACA CISM Certification (4 days) (2017.11.6 to 2017.11.9)

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Dom Lucas. - ISACA CISM Certification (4 days) (2017.11.6 to 2017.11.9)

"An extremely valuable and thorough course. Great experience!"
Richard Diston, Fir4. - ISACA CISM Certification (4 days) (2017.11.6 to 2017.11.9)

"An intensive course but still managed to go through all material."
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Get the skills you need to detect, respond to and resolve computer security incidents in just four days. On this accelerated GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) course, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge needed to manage sensitive security incidents.

As organisations strive to improve their cyber security, Incident Handlers are increasingly in demand and the GCIH certification qualifies you for this critical role.

You’ll build knowledge of common attack techniques, vectors and tools as you learn how to defend and respond to potentially devastating cyber attacks. On this GCIH course, you’ll also learn:

  • The incident handling process
  • How to detect malicious applications and network activity
  • High-level containment strategies to prevent attackers causing further damage
  • Incident recovery and system restoration
  • How to detect and analyse system and network vulnerabilities

Firebrand's GCIH training will prepare you for the GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) exam and provides knowledge equivalent to the SANS SEC504: Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits and Incident Handling.

Firebrand’s unique Lecture | Lab | Review methodology will immerse you in your accelerated GCIH course as you combine GIAC curriculum with practical, hands-on labs. This is crucial as GIAC recommends hands-on experience with the technology covered by your certification.

This accelerated GCIH training is ideal for IT Incident Handlers, IT Operational Team Leaders, Managers of incident handling teams, IT Security staff, IT System administrators and IT Support staff.

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Other accelerated training providers rely heavily on lecture and independent self-testing and study.

Effective technical instruction must be highly varied and interactive to keep attention levels high, promote camaraderie and teamwork between the students and instructor, and solidify knowledge through hands-on learning.

Firebrand Training provides instruction to meet every learning need:

  • Intensive group instruction
  • One-on-one instruction attention
  • Hands-on labs
  • Lab partner and group exercises
  • Question and answer drills
  • Independent study

This information has been provided as a helpful tool for candidates considering training. Courses that include certification come with a Certification Guarantee. Pass first time or train again for free (just pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs). We do not make any guarantees about personal successes or benefits of obtaining certification. Benefits of certification determined through studies do not guarantee any particular personal successes.

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Incident Handling: Identification

  • Get an understanding of important strategies to gather events, analyse them, and determine if you have an incident

Incident Handling: Overview and Preparation

  • Prove your understanding of Incident Handling, why it is important, and gain an understanding of best practices to take in preparation for an incident

Buffer Overflows and Format String Attacks

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how buffer overflows and format string attacks work and how to defend against them

Client Attacks

  • Gain an understanding of various client attacks and how to defend against them

Covering Tracks: Networks

  • Learn how attackers use tunnelling and covert channels to cover their tracks on a network, and the strategies involved in defending against them

Covering Tracks: Systems

  • Discover how attackers hide files and directories on Windows and Linux hosts and how they attempt to cover their tracks

Denial of Service Attacks

  • Get a comprehensive understanding of the different kinds of Denial of Service attacks and how to defend against them

Incident Handling: Containment

  • You’ll demonstrate an understanding of high-level strategies to prevent an attacker from causing further damage to the victim after discovering the incident.

Incident Handling: Eradication, Recovery, and Lessons Learned

  • Gain an understanding of the general approaches to get rid of the attacker's artefacts on compromised machines, the general strategy to safely restore operations, and the importance of the incident report and lessons learned meetings

Network Attacks

  • You’ll get an understanding of various network attacks and how to defend against them

Password Attacks

  • Prove your detailed understanding of the three methods of password cracking

Reconnaissance

  • Demonstrate your understanding of public and open source reconnaissance techniques

Scanning: Discovery and Mapping

  • Get introduced to scanning fundamentals; to discover and map networks and hosts, and reveal services and vulnerabilities

Scanning: Techniques and Defence

  • Learn the techniques and tools used in scanning, and how to response and prepare against scanning

Session Hijacking and Cache Poisoning

  • Demonstrate an understanding of tools and techniques used to perform session hijacking and cache poisoning, and how to respond and prepare against these attacks

Techniques for maintaining access

  • Learn how Trojan horses and rootkits operate, what their capabilities are and how to defend against them

Web Application Attacks

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the value of the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), as well as different Web App attacks such as account harvesting, SQL injection, Cross-Site Scripting and other Web Session attacks

Worms, Bots & Bot-Nets

  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of what worms, bots and bot-nets are, and how to protect against them

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Frequently asked questions

Q. How do I get my GIAC GCIH certification?

To achieve your GCIH certification, you must pass the GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) exam.

Q. How much does the accelerated GCIH course cost?

You can find the accelerated GCIH course price here.

Q. What are the GCIH course prerequisites?

There are no official prerequisites to take any GIAC certification, including GCIH. However, you should be aware of the technical level of the course you want to take.

For this GCIH course, you should possess knowledge of networking protocols, Windows Command Line, and an understanding of basic computer networking and security.

Q. Are GIAC exams open book?

Yes, GIAC exams are open book and you’re encouraged to take advantage of this.

Q. What happens if I fail my GCIH exam?

If you fail your GCIH exam, you’ll be subjected to a 30-day waiting period before you can sit the exam again. The 30-day period provides candidates with additional time that can be used to master certification knowledge.

Q. Are GIAC certifications recognised by employers?

GIAC certifications are a good indication of cyber security skill and knowledge and are used by employers to select employees for hiring and promotion.

GIAC certifications fill gaps in security knowledge and few other qualifications cover the same material. Plus, GIAC certifications also contain invaluable practical knowledge, proving you know how to perform the task required.

Q. What’s the average salary for a GCIH certified professional?

The average salary for a GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) professional is £60,000 in the UK, according to ITJobsWatch.

Q. What is GIAC Gold?

The GIAC Gold is a second level certification which requires completion of a technical paper covering an important area of security.

GIAC Gold demonstrates that a GIAC certification holder understands and can communicate their knowledge in key areas of information security.

Pass any GIAC certification and you’ll get the option to apply for GIAC Gold. Applicants will work closely with an advisor to develop a technical report.

If the report is approved, you will receive GIAC Gold status and you report will be accepted into the SANS Reading Room.

Q. What is the GIAC Advisory Board, and how can I join it?

Score an average of 90% or above on your GIAC certification exam and you’ll be invited to join the GIAC Advisory Board.

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This accelerated GCIH course will prepare you for the following exam. The exam fee is not included in the course price; if you wish to take the exam, we’ll provide instructions on how to register with GIAC.

  • GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) exam
    • Number of Questions: 150
    • Duration: 4 hours
    • Type: Proctored Exam
    • Passing score: 73%

You will be required to renew your GCIH certification every four years through Continuing Professional Experience (CPE) credits.

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The following is included on your accelerated GCIH course:

  • Firebrand courseware

Firebrand Training offers top-quality technical education and certification training in an all-inclusive course package specifically designed for the needs and ease of our students. We attend to every detail so our students can focus solely on their studies and certification goals.

Our Accelerated Learning Programmes include:

  • Intensive Hands-on Training Utilising our (Lecture | Lab | Review)TM Delivery
  • Comprehensive Study Materials, Program Courseware and Self-Testing Software including MeasureUp *
  • Fully instructor-led program with 24 hour lab access
  • Examination vouchers **
  • On site testing ***
  • Accommodation, all meals, unlimited beverages, snacks and tea / coffee****
  • Transportation to/from designated local railway stations
  • Examination Passing Policy

Our instructors teach to accommodate every student's learning needs through individualised instruction, hands-on labs, lab partner and group exercises, independent study, self-testing, and question/answer drills.

Firebrand Training has dedicated, well-equipped educational facilities where you will attend instruction and labs and have access to comfortable study and lounging rooms. Our students consistently say our facilities are second-to-none.

Firebrand goes digital

We’re currently migrating from printed to digital courseware. Some courseware is already available in digital, while other books remain in printed form. To find out if this course is digital, call us on +44 207 907 1120.

There are several benefits of easy-to-use digital courseware: downloads are immediate, and you’ll always have your courseware available wherever you are. You won’t need to wait for a printed book to be delivered before you start learning – and it’s better for the environment. You can choose to download the courseware to your own device, or borrow one of ours.

Considering a Microsoft course? Always have the most up-to-date Microsoft digital courseware with ‘Fresh Editions’. This gives you access to all versions of digital courseware – you’ll receive updates and revisions of your textbook, at no charge, for the life of that course.

Examination Passing Policy

Should a student complete a Firebrand Training Program without having successfully passed all vendor examinations, the student may re-attend that program for a period of one year.  Students will only be responsible for accommodations and vendor exam fees.

Please note

  • * Not on all courses
  • ** Examination vouchers are not included for the following courses: PMI, GIAC, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, CISSP CBK Review and CSX Practitioner Level 1,2 and 3
  • *** On site testing is not included for our PMI, GIAC, CSX Practitioner or ITIL Managers and Revision Certification Courses.
  • **** Accommodation not included on the CISSP CBK Review Seminar

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You should possess:

  • An understanding of basic computer networking and security principles
  • Knowledge of networking protocols
  • Knowledge of the Windows command line

Unsure whether you meet the prerequisites?

Don’t worry - we’ll discuss your technical background, experience and qualifications to determine whether this accelerated course suits you.

Just call us on +44 207 907 1120 and speak to one of our enrolment consultants.

Firebrand is an immersive environment and requires commitment. Some prerequisites are simply guidelines; you may find your unique experience, attitude and determination enables you to succeed on your accelerated course.

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