GAWN - GIAC Assessing Wireless Networks
The GAWN is a security certification that demonstrates that the owner has the knowledge to evaluate wireless network security.
It is maintained by the SANS Institute (SysAdmin, Audit, Network, Security).
The GAWN is a hands-on certification that covers wireless networking and risks and defenses for these networks. This includes concepts such as evaluating your network, radio frequency information and common vulnerabilities.
The SANS Institute offers a course for preparing for this certification. The course is called GIAC Assessing Wireless Networks and is listed as SEC-617.
The course can be taken through a SANS conference or course. It is not offered through self-study.
Three separate levels are available through the GIAC certification tree (of which GAWN is part). By completing this certification, the individual is at the Silver level of certification.
The Gold level of certification requires the candidate to write a detailed technical report/white paper. If the paper is accepted, they will be certified as Gold level.
The Platinum level is the highest certification available and requires multiple Silver certifications. To obtain this certification, extensive testing, research and assignments are required.
To be considered certified, the following criteria must be satisfied:
This certification must be renewed every four years.
- The candidate must pay an examination fee. This fee can be added onto a conference course or paid by itself (called a challenge certificate);
- The candidate must pass two online exams, both multiple choice with time limits.