CREST partners with Immersive Labs and Hack The Box

Cybersecurity body CREST has announced two new skills focused partnerships as cybersecurity skills challenges continue to impact organisations

Information security accreditation and certification body CREST has announced two new partnerships aimed at developing the cybersecurity skills of its members.

CREST is an international not-for-profit, membership body representing the global cyber security industry, with the goal of helping to create a secure digital world for all by delivering professional certifications to the cyber security industry.

The company accredit almost 300 member companies, operating across dozens of countries, and certify thousands of professionals worldwide. 

Both partnerships are designed to help Crest member professionals improve their defensive and offensive security skills, with Hack The Box (HTB) working on test labs tailored to individuals working towards Crest’s penetration testing and red teaming exams, while Immersive Labs will provide access to hands-on threat and incident mitigation simulations.

Developing defensive and offensive security skills

Immersive Labs develops a platform that measures and improves cybersecurity skills across businesses. It enables businesses to continuously develop skills such as ethical web hacking; ethical infrastructure hacking; reverse engineering; IoT/firmware security; and advanced cyber warrior CTF Challenges for enterprises, government, defence, and law enforcement agencies.

CREST will work with Immersive Labs to put a particular focus on incident response, mapping its online, on-demand content to the exam syllabus and delivering a number of bespoke learning pathways.

“Immersive Labs will be providing labs that are aligned to our examination framework and CREST Accredited organisations will have free access to entry level labs. They will then have the option to gain access to a wider set of labs, at a reduced cost which will be aligned to our Registered and Certified level exams.  This new partnership is not only providing our members with better access to training for CREST exams but we also hope it will build a greater sense of community,” said Rowland Johnson, President of CREST.

Study support for CREST exams

Hack The Box is an online cybersecurity training and upskilling platform that allows individuals, businesses, universities, and all kinds of organisations all around the world to level up their offensive and defensive security skills.

CREST’s partnership with Hack The Box will provide test labs tailored toward individuals who are planning to take CREST penetration testing and red-teaming examinations, the firm stated. CREST is currently working with Hack The Box to map its current content against the CREST exams to create fully bespoke labs that will cover the following exams:

  • CREST Practitioner Security Analyst (CPSA)
  • CREST Registered Security Analyst (CRSA)
  • CREST Registered Penetration Tester (CRT)
  • CREST Certified Tester (CCT – Web and Infrastructure)
  • CREST Certified Simulated Attack Specialist (CCSAS)
  • CREST Certified Simulated Attack Manager (CCSAM)

“The HTB Labs will be aligned to CREST’s internationally recognised examination framework, with labs of every level – from entry to advanced ones – being made available to the vast HTB and CREST communities. CREST Accredited organisations will have free access to entry level labs, with the option to gain access to a wider set of labs, at a reduced cost, as a result of this new partner relationship.  This will not only provide better access to training for CREST exams but also helps to build a greater sense of community across our global membership,” said Johnson. 

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