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Our Vision


CREST is an international not-for-profit, membership body representing the global cyber security industry.

Our goal is to help create a secure digital world for all by quality assuring our members and delivering professional certifications to the cyber security industry.

We accredit almost 300 member companies, operating across dozens of countries, and certify thousands of professionals worldwide. We work with governments, regulators, academe, training partners, professional bodies and other stakeholders around the world.

Our members undergo a rigorous quality assurance process and employ competent professionals. Organisations buying their cyber security services from our members do so with confidence.

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CREST builds capability, capacity, consistency and community in the global cyber security industry. We continually drive improvements in our accreditation and professional certification programmes for the benefit of stakeholders.   



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Capability – CREST develops the capability of technical cyber security organisations and individuals through our accreditation and certification processes. 


Capacity – We work with partners to grow levels of professional competence in cyber security and expand the pipeline of talent into the industry that aligns with industry need. 


Consistency – Through our auditing processes and Codes of Conduct, we ensure that CREST accredited organisations deliver a consistent service to the market, and that their employees have been certified as being technically competent. 


Community We work within a global community of members, professionals, governments, regulators and many other stakeholders to leverage our shared knowledge, content and capacities for the benefit of all. 


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Global reach

We have regional chapters covering the Americas, Asia, Australasia, EMEA as well as the United Kingdom which is our founding chapter.

It is a devolved structure based on elected Regional Councils representing member companies operating in those regions. Central services are provided by CREST International.

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Our History

We were established in 2006 in response to the need for more regulated professional cyber security services.

At the outset, our membership was UK-based and numbered a handful of founding companies. Our earlier development was focused largely on the UK where we worked closely with the UK Government, it’s security agencies as well as regulatory bodies in finance, civil aviation, telecommunications and national infrastructure to support frameworks and standards in cyber security.

Since then we have grown steadily in response to demand for our services. We now engage with governments, regulators and cyber security companies around the world. Our membership currently stands at just under 300 organisations, operating across dozens of countries and regions. We expect continued growth in our membership over the coming years.