CREST opens Singapore branch

Security industry association to provide penetration testing accreditation.

CREST's new facility in Singapore

The launch of CREST’s examination facility in the Singapore Institute of Technology.

The UK’s Council for Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST), which provides accreditation for vendors of digital security services, has established a branch in Singapore in association with the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) and Singapore’s Association of Information Security Professionals (AISP).

The project, which marks CREST’s first branch in Asia, was undertaken in collaboration with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MSA), the Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) and the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore. CREST’s new examination facility is housed in the Singapore Institute of Technology.

The Singapore government will provide funding for small service providers to cover part of the cost of CREST accreditation.

In the UK, CREST has co-operated with the Bank of England on the CBEST project, a shared framework for testing the vulnerability of major financial firms to cyber attacks. CREST trains security professionals to administer the tests required under the CBEST framework.

Now that its penetration testing accreditation standards have been established in Singapore, CREST says it plans to expand its accreditation services to cover incident response, malware analysis and information security architecture.

At the opening of the new CREST examination facility in Singapore, Ian Glover, president of CREST, said: “CREST certifications have already become the de facto standard in the UK and Australia, and through the provision of CREST-accredited companies and CREST-certified professionals we are now able to deliver increased levels of confidence to the buying community in Singapore.”

Chief executive of the CSA, David Koh, said: “By raising the competency standards of our cyber security professionals, like penetration testers, we will make Singapore’s cyberspace more secure for everyone.”

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