CREST Registered Intrusion Analyst

The technical syllabus for Intrusion Analysis identifies at a high level the technical skills and knowledge that CREST expects candidates to possess for the Certification examinations in this area.

The CREST Registered Intrusion Analyst (CRIA) examination tests a candidates’ knowledge across all three subject areas of network intrusion, host intrusion and malware reverse engineering.

In order to book to take the examination, the candidate must hold a valid CPIA pass.

Examination Format
The Examination is in two parts:  a practical assessment and a multiple-choice section.  Success will confer CREST Registered status to the individual.

You can download the following documents from the links below:

Syllabus for the Registered Intrusion Analyst examination
Notes for Candidates to aid examination preparation

The Registered Intrusion Analyst examination costs £395 + VAT.  The examination is currently delivered at CREST examination 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

CREST recommend that candidates familiarise themselves with the content at which has been created specifically for those attempting a practical examination.

The following material and media has been cited as helpful preparation for this examination by previous candidates:

Reading Material:
Hacking Exposed – Scanning and Enumeration
The Art of Memory Forensics:  Detecting Malware and Threats in Windows, Linux, and Mac Memory (by Michael Hale Ligh/Andrew Case/Jamie Levy/Aaron Walters)
Malware Forensic Field Guide for Windows Systems (by Syngress)
Practical Malware Analysis
Network Fundamentals: CCNA Exploration Companion Guide
Real Digital Forensics (particularly chapter 1, Windows Live Response)
TCP/IP Illustrated

Training Courses:
arcX – CREST Approved Training Provider

PGI Cyber Academy – CREST Approved Training Provider


Useful Information for Candidates
How to book
Details of the Logistics and Timings of the examinations
CREST’s Policy for Candidates requiring special arrangements including additional time to accommodate a medical condition (including examinations delivered via Pearson Vue)
Terms and Conditions for CREST Examinations (includes hard disk drive wiping policy)