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About us

We are actively growing our presence in this region and support companies and individuals across the Middle East and Africa. We are committed to Middle East and African markets and work closely with members to create a global cyber security offering.

Our Middle East and Africa Lead is Sebastian Madden, who also sits on our International Council, representing the region’s needs.

We actively encourage the formation of new chapters and councils. When there is sufficient member interest in the Middle East and Africa, we will open chapters representing those regions.

In parallel with our other Regional Councils, our work in the region objectives are to build capability, capacity, consistency and collaboration in the global cyber security industry and to support internationally recognised schemes by working with governments, regulators, buyers and suppliers in the region.

These goals help enhance cyber resilience, open up markets for our member companies operating in the region, and create opportunities for CREST-qualified individuals.

See our work with the Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC) enabling CREST-qualified individuals and those who work for CREST-accredited companies to register as cyber security service providers to the Dubai government, semi-government, and critical information infrastructure (CII) > Dubai Cyber Force Program – CREST (crest-approved.org)

We offer a full range of disciplines in the market:

  • Penetration Testing
  • Incident Response
  • Threat Intelligence
  • Security Operations Centres

Meet our MEA Lead


Sebastian Madden


Sebastian Madden is PGI’s Chief Corporate Development Officer and serves on CREST’s International Council as CREST’s Middle East lead. He works in both roles to build cybersecurity and digital resilience capability and capacity internationally.

Sebastian has 27 years of experience working at a national level. He has helped over sixty countries in five continents develop strategies, operating models, organisations and workforces to build cyber resilience, national security and civil emergency structures.

After graduating from Oxford University, he began his professional career working for the UK Government. He was promoted to the Senior Civil Service in 2001 as Programme Director to build the UK’s national crisis management centre. He was appointed Chief of Staff to the UK National Security Advisor in 2002. He has also served as head of strategy and finance for a UK government agency and as an Associate Partner in a strategic consultancy firm.

Focus Groups

CREST Focus Groups help us to continually monitor best practice in Penetration Testing, Threat Intelligence, Incident Response, Intelligence-Led Testing and SOC. To see the relevant Focus Groups for the Middle East and Africa, please visit our Focus Groups page.