The CREST Certified Simulated Attack Manager (CCSAM) examination tests candidates’ knowledge and expertise in leading a team that specialises in Simulated Attacks. The candidate is expected to have a good breadth of knowledge in all areas of Simulated Attack and proven experience in managing incidents, penetration tests and simulated attack exercises. The exam will assess the candidate’s ability to conduct Simulated Attacks in a realistic, legal and safe manner, ensuring appropriate evidence is collated to provide the customer with actionable intelligence of organisational risks and failings while minimising the risks to the customer’s staff, data and systems.
The examination consists of two components:
- multiple choice
- written, comprising a selection of long form and scenario based questions that require detailed answers
Candidates are required to meet or exceed a two-thirds pass mark in both sections independently in order to pass the exam overall. If a candidate fails an element, the entire examination must be retaken.
The examination is delivered in two parts (see Notes for Candidates) with Part 1 taken first and Part 2 must be taken within three months of Part 1.
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The Certified Simulated Attack Manager examination costs £1,600 + VAT. The examination is delivered at Pearson Vue centres.
Recommended Preparation Material
The CREST Assessors panel regularly identifies common themes and consolidates common questions and answers from candidates and from the industry in relation to the CREST certification examinations. Candidates are advised to familiarise themselves with these, although they are free to disregard them if they wish. The latest information can be accessed at https://www.crest-approved.org/professionalqualifications/examination-faqs/index.html.
The following material and media has been cited as helpful preparation for this examination by previous candidates:
Targeted Cyber Attack (by Syngress)
Useful Information for Candidates
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