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 CREST Certification for Penetration Testing in Singapore

As the world becomes increasingly reliant on technology, the possibility of data leaks and information theft is on the rise. The rapid advancements in technology give way to the tandem evolution of cybercrimes, with cybercriminals becoming more sophisticated and meticulous in their methodologies, systems, and processes. Business leaders can no longer rely on standard or “out-of-the-box” cybersecurity solutions such as firewalls and antivirus software as the tactics employed by cybercriminals are designed to be more resilient and can circumvent conventional cyber defences. If not prepared, businesses of all sizes will suffer from irreversible economic, regulatory, and reputational damages.

It is thus imperative that businesses equip themselves with cybersecurity solutions to mitigate the risk of cybercrime. The fight against cybercrime is often dependent on the nature of the Security Operations Centres (SOC), but all share a common entry point: Vulnerable Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT). As one of the fundamental approaches to improving a business’s digital security, VAPT is an intentional execution of attacks on an IT system to expose vulnerabilities in its defences. It offers a big picture of the security vulnerabilities of your website, network, and systems. As the first step to cracking down potential cyber threats and improving your defences, it’s crucial that you employ only top-notch and reliable penetration testing tools and solutions.

This is where the Council for Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST) comes in. CREST is an international not-for-profit accreditation and certification body that represents and supports the technical information market. LRQA Nettitude is proud to be one of a handful of companies worldwide certified by CREST across all of their key disciplines, a true testament to our highest-quality and most professional network and website penetration testing, red teaming, and incident response services, and threat intelligence.

Frequently Asked Questions About CREST Penetration Testing

What is the CREST penetration testing methodology?

To help businesses make the most of their penetration testing, CREST has developed a five-stage procurement approach that is both systematic and structured. This methodology is designed to ensure that business requirements are met, major system vulnerabilities are identified and addressed, and risks are kept within business parameters. Below is the methodology employed by every CREST qualified professional when conducting penetration tests.

Stage 1: Define Requirements for Testing
Stage 2: Agree on Testing Scope
Stage 3: Establish Management Framework
Stage 4: Plan and Conduct Testing
Stage 5: Implement Improvement Programme

What are the benefits of CREST penetration testing?

CREST offers professionals tangible documentation that attests to their cybersecurity know-how and their hands-on cybersecurity skills, against a well-recognised global industry benchmark. This verification alone brings forth several benefits:

Highly Trained Security Professionals

CREST penetration testing is carried out by CREST-registered penetration testers that are required to pass a series of rigorous practical examinations to prove their skills, knowledge, and competence and must re-sit them every three years.

Greater Customer Assurance

CREST-approved penetration testing provider allows them to prove that they are adhering to security best practices to protect a company’s data.

Supports Regulatory Compliance

A CREST pen test supports information security requirements, such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), the Network and Information Systems Directive & Regulations (NIS Regulations), ISO 27001, and GDPR.

Globally Recognised Accreditation

CREST accreditation is valid and recognized globally, providing valuable assurance for companies with a global presence or for those who dabble in the international market.

Up-to-Date Expertise

The threat landscape is constantly changing. As such, the CREST certification process is repeated periodically to ensure that security knowledge and skills are kept up to date.

Why choose a CREST-accredited provided testing?

CREST-approved pentest services provide companies with the much-needed assurance that the entire penetration testing will be done to the highest technical, ethical, and legal standards. The CREST penetration testing process calls for the best practice in key areas, such as preparation, scoping, execution, post technical delivery, and data protection. Moreover, once gaining a CREST certification, CREST-certified companies will have to apply annually, with a full reassessment once every three years. You can rest assured that the gold standard in our penetration testing is upheld, giving you the confidence to navigate the cybersecurity ecosystem in Singapore and beyond.

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