It was with great dismay that I read of the recent changes to the GIAC certifications. There is now no longer a requirement to write a practical portion to the GIAC, which has recently become purely exam-based. This practical portion requirement was, until now, the one distinguishing feature that separated the GIAC certifications from all the others. To earn this certification one had to, in no uncertain terms, prove in a written format his mastery of the subject matter. The reasoning given by Steven Northcutt, the director of training for SANS' GIAC, as to why they dropped the practical requirement has been widely dismissed by many current GIAC holders, including myself.
By Don Parker at SecurityFocus.
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