CREST-accredited pen testing offers a number of advantages, including:
1. Highly trained security professionals
CREST penetration testing is typically carried out by, or under the supervision of, CREST-registered penetration testers. CREST-registered or certified penetration testers are required to pass a series of rigorous exams to prove their skill, knowledge and competence and must re-sit them every three years. CREST pen testers also have to complete between 6,000 hours (CREST-registered) and 10,000 hours (CREST-certified) of regular and frequent professional experience.
2. Greater customer assurance
Companies are often asked to demonstrate the security and safety of their data to their customers. Using a CREST-accredited penetration testing provider enables them to prove that they are adhering to security best practices to protect their data. Commissioning a CREST member company may also provide a commercial advantage when bidding for contracts.
3. Supports regulatory compliance
A CREST pen test supports information security requirements such as the GDPR, ISO 27001, the Network and Information Systems Directive & Regulations (NIS Regulations) and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). A pen test may be specified directly by a particular regulation or indirectly by the need to assess and evaluate the effectiveness of technical and organisational controls. Learn more about the requirements for penetration testing in our compliance guide.
4. Globally recognised accreditation
CREST accreditation is valid and recognised around the world. This provides valuable assurance for companies with a global presence or for those working with overseas customers. Using a pen testing provider which lacks accreditation or whose certification is limited to the UK may limit outcomes and credibility.
5. Up-to-date expertise
The threat landscape is constantly changing. To ensure that this knowledge is kept up to date, the organisational and individual CREST certification process is repeated periodically. Member organisations are regularly updated by CREST about the latest developments in technical information assurance and participate in member workshops and events.
We hope you found this guide to CREST penetration testing useful.