National Credential
Credential: GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP)  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC)

The GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP) certification is an intermediate level credential for security professionals that want to fill the gaps in their understanding of technical information security; System, Security, and Network Administrators that want to understand the pragmatic applications of the Common Body of Knowledge; managers that want to understand information security beyond simple terminology and concepts; anyone new to information security with some background in information systems and networking. Candidates may also wish to use this certification as an independent assessment of mastery of the (ISC)2 Common Body of Knowledge. There are no pre-requisites for this certification.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 4 years

GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP)

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 12Y Geospatial Engineer MOS some          
Enlisted 17C Cyber Operations Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 18F Special Forces Assistant Operations and Intelligence Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 1D Digital Media Collector (DMC) ASI other          
Enlisted 25B Information Technology Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 25D Cyber Network Defender MOS some          
Enlisted 35F Intelligence Analyst MOS other          
Enlisted 35L Counterintelligence Agent MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 35P Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Voice Interceptor MOS some          
Enlisted 35Q Cryptologic Cyberspace Intelligence Collector - Analyst MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. IV      
Enlisted 35S Signals Collector/Analyst MOS other          
Enlisted 35T Military Intelligence (MI) Systems Maintainer/Integrator MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 35V Chief Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Sergeant MOS other          
Enlisted E6 Interactive On-Net Operator ASI other          
Enlisted G9 Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM) ASI other          
Enlisted K2 Advanced Communications Signals Analysis ASI other          
Enlisted Q7 Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Synchronization Manager ASI other          
Enlisted R3 Digital Network Exploitation Analyst (DNEA) ASI other          
Enlisted S1 Source Handler ASI some          
Enlisted S7 Foreign Counterintelligence (FCI) ASI some          
Enlisted T1 Counter Threat Finance Analyst ASI some          
Enlisted T5 Target Digital Network Analyst ASI other          
Enlisted Z8 Technical ELINT Collection and Analysis ASI other          
Warrant Officer 125D Geospatial Engineering Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 170A CYBER Operations Technician WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 255A Information Services Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 255N Network Management Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 255S Information Protection Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 255Z Senior Network Operations Technician WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 352S Signals Collection Technician WOMOS other        

Army Table Legend


Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

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This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP)

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 4 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC)
8120 Woodmont Avenue
Suite 205
Bethesda, MD  20814
Phone: (301) 654-7267
Fax: (301) 951-0140
Email: info@giac.org

GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP)

The GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP) credential has the following other requirements:

GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP)

  • Asset Security
  • Communications and Network Security
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Security and Risk Management
  • Security Assessment and Testing
  • Security Engineering
  • Security Operation
  • Software Development Security

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP) examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by Pearson VUE. The test centers are located in the U.S. They also have some test centers on military bases.

To find out more, use the following links on the Pearson VUE website:

For more information on the Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) testing process, visit the agency website.

GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP)

Renewal Period: 4 years

The GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP) credential has the following recertification information:

  • GIAC certifications are valid for four years. Certification holders are required to submit a total of 36 CPEs for each GIAC certification renewal or may take the current exam. Additional information can be found in the GIAC Certification Renewal Handbook.