CREST’s mission is to build capability, capacity and consistency in to the global technical assurance, detection and response and threat intelligence markets. Our relationship with Academic institutions forms a core part of this strategy and as a consequence we actively work with colleges and universities to encourage the very best people to consider a career in the cyber security industry.
We recognise that to build talent for the future, we must invest in training and development today. By working closely with academia, CREST is able to invest in developing capacity in this future talent pool.
CREST provides the following support for academia:
- Publicity for Universities that have relevant technical information assurance courses
- Support to syllabus creation and refinement
- Subsidised CPSA examination vouchers for Universities that have relevant technical information assurance courses;
- Internship and work placement opportunities
- Career advice and guidance to students
Publicity for Universities that have relevant technical information assurance courses
CREST works with many parts of industry and government. The inclusion on the register of CREST Academic Partners will help raise the profile of the University to key influencers and potential student employers.
Support to Syllabus Creation and Refinement
CREST publishes a syllabus for each examination it runs. These have been used by Universities to create or refine the University courses.
This support continues for Universities signed up to the CREST Academic Partner scheme.
Subsidised CPSA exam vouchers for Universities that have relevant technical information assurance courses.
CREST will provide a subsidy against the cost of examination vouchers for Universities that run syllabuses which are aligned to CPSA. For Universities to qualify for this subsidy, they will need to purchase vouchers centrally, with a minimum block purchase of 10 vouchers.
Internship and Workplacement Opportunities
Internships or work placements are a great opportunity for students to gain real world experience to complement their academic coursework, as well as a fantastic chance for businesses to get access to up and coming talent in security testing.
CREST receives a number of CV’s for internships and or work placement opportunities every month. These details are passed to representatives from CREST Member companies and considerable success has been achieved in placing these students.
CREST does not charge for this service and will provide it free of charge to its Academic Partners. There is also no fee associated with the placement of the students.
It would be helpful to CREST if the Universities could provide case studies and comments from successful students working in industry.
Career /advice and guidance to students
CREST provides guest lecturers on career advice, ethics and the need to follow a professional development path. This is supported by career guides and career support tools. You can access CREST’s career guides here.
CREST will also make electronic career support information available on its website in due course. This will be created in collaboration with the Academic Partners.
CREST’s annual conference – CRESTCon – is a great opportunity for students to learn more about technical security and meet with industry professionals ranging from CISOs and senior managers to senior penetration testers and threat intelligence analysts. Each year CREST welcomes student volunteers and demonstrations from academic partners – giving the students the chance to attend talks and showcase their skills to prospective employers.
For those unable to attend, you can view videos from past CRESTCons by going to our YouTube channel here.
You can also view photographs from these events by visiting our Flickr page here.
You can download a PDF with further details on the CREST Academic Partner Programme here:
Academic Partner Program Brochure 2019
To apply to become a CREST Academic Partner, you should complete the application form available here:
CREST Academic Partner Application Form
If you want to discuss any aspects of the CREST Academic Partnership Programme, please contact [email protected]