43% rise in membership in 2017 demonstrates demand for penetration testing and growth in professional technical information security services
30 January 2018: CREST, the not-for-profit accreditation body representing the technical information security industry, has announced its 100th member. UK-based Sec Ops Ltd (Twisted Fish Ltd) has successfully passed the demanding assessment required to offer CREST accredited penetration testing services.
CREST’s global membership increased by 43% over the last 12 months. This reflects growing international recognition for CREST accreditation and the need for organisations to have trust and confidence when purchasing penetration testing, cyber incident response and threat intelligence services.
“I am delighted that Sec Ops has achieved CREST membership, which recognises the company’s commitment to delivering the highest level of professional security services to its customers,” said Ian Glover, president of CREST. “Reaching our 100th company member is a major milestone for CREST. It demonstrates our commitment to small and large service suppliers as well as domestic and international markets and it is clear that the work we have done to structure and professionalise the industry in the UK and new global markets is making a real and tangible difference.”
As a CREST member company Sec Ops offers a demonstrable level of assurance when providing its penetration testing services. All CREST members sign up to a strict and enforceable code of conduct and buyers can be confident that work will be carried out by competent experts with up to date skills and knowledge. All CREST members must also demonstrate that they have suitable policies, processes and procedures in place.
Ben Woodhouse, Managing Director at Security Operations (Sec Ops) said: “We are thrilled to be awarded membership to CREST and to also find out we were the 100th member. Being part of an organisation that is so selective in its membership is a true reflection of the high standards imposed and enforced by Twisted Fish Group. The driving factor behind our application to CREST membership was to demonstrate to current and future customers that we take protection of their data seriously and that our standards are rigorous and robust. We are certain that having CREST accreditation will help us achieve some of our long term objectives and we all look forward to working with them.”
CREST is the not-for-profit accreditation body representing the technical information security industry. CREST provides internationally recognised accreditation for organisations and individuals providing penetration testing, cyber incident response and threat intelligence services. All CREST Member Companies undergo regular and stringent assessment; while CREST qualified individuals have to pass rigorous examinations to demonstrate knowledge, skill and competence. CREST is governed by an elected Executive of experienced security professionals who also promote and develop awareness, ethics and standards within the cyber security market.