CREST and Offensive Security in partnership to advance information security standards

A new transatlantic relationship has been established between CREST, the UK-based, not-for-profit accreditation body and Offensive Security, one of the leading US cyber security training and certification bodies. The partnership has been established to aid the certifying of cyber security professionals across the globe to ameliorate levels of technical expertise in the fight against increasingly sophisticated criminal and state-sponsored cyber attacks.

“CREST already has a strong international presence including a Chapter in Australia, supporting governments, regulators, critical national infrastructure and the private sector buying community,” Rowland Johnson, CREST International Development Executive explains. “Through working with Offensive Security, we will be able to give businesses greater access to high quality technical skills and expertise around the world with the confidence and assurance provided by strong company accreditation and individual certification.”

Certifications that demonstrate real-world skills

Offensive Security’s penetration testing training coupled with its established certification programmes provides a pool of expert candidates capable of demonstrating hands-on technical expertise. In partnership, CREST will recognise the Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) ethical hacking certification as equivalent to the CREST Registered Tester (CRT) exam for penetration testing.  As a result, OSCP Certified Professionals will have the option to be awarded CREST status and enable their employers to demonstrate strong technical capability within the penetration testing market.