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Research Reports & Position Papers

How to Deliver Quantitative Analysis – The Quantitative Assessment of cyber risk is an increasingly common and important discipline in cyber security. More and more people need to assess the cyber risk associated with companies accurately, quickly and at scale. This guide sets out a new methodology and explains what best practice looks like.

Cyber Security Awareness Best Practice Guide: Engaging Communities through Digital-First Sustainable Campaigns – This guide provides practical advice to on how to effectively engage all communities through digital-first sustainable campaigns.

Fostering Financial Sector Cyber Resilience in Developing Countries Good Practice Guide – This new Good Practice Guide from CREST, written by Wiebe Ruttenberg, Director of Strategy at SecAlliance, describes the need for different kinds of testing, dependent on the cyber maturity of the nation, authority or organisation. This guide is part of the CMAGE project.

Inclusion and Diversity Guide – CREST has launched its latest best practice guide, describing how to foster greater equity, inclusion and diversity (EID) as part of national cyber security strategy. This good practice guide delivers practical information for government departments charged with developing not only a National Cyber Security Strategy (NCSS), but a more diverse, inclusive NCSS.

SOC Critical Function Guide – There is a clear and urgent need for organisations to step up and take control of the ever-evolving threat landscape, but a Security Operations Centre is still a relatively new term. This guide will help you understand what a SOC is, what it does, and the different types of security operations centres.

Women in Cyber – Stories Uncut – After moderating a gender workshop at CREST’s ‘Access to Cyber’ day in autumn 2021, Eleanor Dallaway shares a whitepaper about gender diversity.

Establishing an Effective Law Enforcement Cybercrime Unit – Technology is transforming the world, but in many countries, the most common crime is now a cybercrime of some description. This good practice guide is designed to help countries develop capabilities to combat the threat from cybercrime and help citizens build more prosperous and secure lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Developing and Implementing Cybercrime Prevention into the CREST Cyber Security Ecosystem for Asia and Africa – The Cybercrime Prevention fire has been lit. The capacity for developing an international Prevent network is now in place and being progressed through Europol initiatives being led by the Netherlands. This good practice outlines how to design, develop and deliver a Cybercrime Prevention programme. It aims to be an off-the-shelf manual for establishing cybercrime prevention as part of a National Cyber Security Strategy or equivalent policy.

Global Intelligence Led Penetration Test Frameworks – The global proliferation of Intelligence Led Penetration Testing (ILPT) frameworks across all industry verticals since 2014 has seen massive increases in regulatory understanding of common vulnerabilities in organisational cyber resilience. This paper identifies common themes for Tier 1 firms and provides suggestions on how ILPT frameworks might be improved, along with indicators as to how they are perceived by customers and delivery consultants.

Cyber Threat Intelligence in a business context – The CREST Threat Intelligence Professionals (CTIPs) group has released a guide to finding the right Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) partner for different businesses. The free guide helps organisations to get the most out of CTI to better meet their security challenges, minimise the impact of cyber-attacks and maximise the return on investment.

Neurodiversity in the Technical Security Workplace – CREST’s most recent research has indicated that more needs to be done to attract and develop neurodiverse people in the technical security industry. We must have workplace environments and culture that enable their fundamental needs to be met. The report looks at recommendations and actions to support this effort.

Exploring the Gender Gap in cyber security – CREST’s latest report on this topic looks at any progress that has been made and more importantly, questions what still needs to be done to improve the diversity balance in the cyber security industry.

Physical Disability: Addressing the accessibiliy challenges faced in a technical security career – This report published by CREST highlights the issues faced by physically disabled people wanting to work in cyber security. It also highlights what the industry needs to do to attract more physically disabled people in order to help fill the acute shortage of skills.

Stress and Burnout in the cyber security industry – This report published by CREST looks for solutions to the increasing problems of stress and burnout among many cyber security professionals, often working remotely in high-pressure and under-resourced environments.

Bug Bounties – Working Towards a Fairer and Safer Marketplace With rapid growth in the bug bounty marketplace, the CREST Bug Bounties Report explores good and bad practice to establish how to better understand bug bounty programmes and how they fit into the wider technical assurance framework. It also highlights the need to provide advice to buyers of bug bounty services and protect the interests.

CREST and NCA Cyber Crime Report – CREST member companies met the National Crime Agency’s National Cyber Crime Unit (NCA NCCU) to assist in their efforts to prevent young people being tempted to participate in illegal online activities. The discussion paper is now available.

Industrial Control Systems Technical Security Assurance – This Position Paper presents the findings from a CREST project on the Technical Security Assurance of Industrial Control Systems (ICS). It is based on detailed research and includes insights, commentary and analysis garnered from subject matter experts through: Requirements and validation workshops held at CREST member facilities; Desktop review of published literature on ICS security; and ICS security testing.

Closing the Gender Gap in Cyber Security – CREST releases report exploring the reasons behind the lack of gender diversity in cyber security and looking at ways to drive change.