CREST is an internationally respected non-profit organization with a range of technical information security qualifications. CREST specializes in penetration testing (also known as ethical hacking) and provides a recognized career path from entry-level to senior testers. Achieving CREST certification is an aspiration for many, and by achieving one, you will join a recognized community of security professionals.
Types of CREST Certifications exams
- CREST Practitioner level examinations
- CREST Registered level examinations
- CREST Certified level examinations
Description of exams
The CREST Practitioner Level Exams are entrance examinations for the profession, focused on individuals with approximately 2,500 hours of relevant and frequent experience. Several lower-level qualifications are available in the industry, but they only serve to introduce the subject.
The next step is the CREST Registered Level Examination, which you must pass to show your commitment as an information security tester. Applicants for registered examinations should typically have at least 6,000 hours (3 years or more) of pertinent and regular experience.
The CREST Certified Level Exams are intended to establish a standard for experienced people.
Benefits of CREST Certifications
The CREST examinations are the best indicator of knowledge, ability to understand, and competence by the professional services industry and buyers. They are a high-level goal for those who take them, and they are increasingly becoming a requirement for those who hire or purchase services. There are three levels of CREST exams.
CREST offers a well-defined career path that will take you from your first steps in the industry to the level of an experienced senior tester. We collaborate with the most technical information security providers, who support and guide the evolution of our examination and career opportunities.
- Aa well-structured and well-known career path
- The buying community, regulators, and governments all recognise CREST certifications.
- CREST is the industry’s gold standard certification.
- Join a well-known security professional community with opportunities for career advancement through networking and information sharing.
- Opportunities for employment in the information security sector
- A training, examination, and career path tailored to your needs and goals.
CREST – CPIA (Practitioner Intrusion Analyst)
On this accelerated CREST Practitioner Intrusion Analyst course, you will learn the basics of the three major areas of cyber-attack analysis: network intrusion, host intrusion, and malware reverse engineering. By completing this accelerated course, you will take the CREST Practitioner Intrusion Analyst exam and get your certification. As a CREST Approved Training Partner, you will access official courseware, exams, and certified instructors. This course is designed with 6 modules, and each module covers a different topic.
What will you learn?
- Malware Fundamentals
- Incident handling and soft skills – incident chronology, record keeping, law and compliance
- File system permissions, network architectures, and cryptography are examples of core technical skills.
- Techniques for concealment, binary obfuscation, and processor architectures
- Who is this course intended for?
- Administrator of computer systems
- In charge of handling incidents
- Manager of Information Technology
- Employee of the government or of law enforcement
CREST – Certified Incident Manager
On this 4-day Certified Incident Manager (CCIM) exam, you will learn how to determine the path of investigation to be taken in response to a cyber breach. You will use the real-world experience and information available to continually re-evaluate the situation and manage the direction of the investigation. Achieving the Incident Manager certification validates your ability to lead and present all Incident Response project lifecycle elements, including identification, containment, and eradication.
The duration of this course is 4 days.
What will you learn?
- Client administration
- Techniques of containment
- Time management and project management
- Handling of Evidence
- Threat intelligence, contextualization, attribution, and motivation are all aspects of threat intelligence.
- Risk assessment
- Lifecycle of attack and compromise
- Identification of the root cause of a technical vulnerability
CREST – CRIA
This 5-day CREST Registered Intrusion Analyst (CRIA) course will teach you everything you need to know about a cyber attack, from intrusion detection to malware reverse engineering, 20 percent faster than traditional training. This is the first cross-disciplinary course of its kind, covering the fundamental knowledge and practical skills required for intrusion detection, incident response, computer/network forensics, and inverter malware. This accelerated CRIA training will teach you essential knowledge and practical skills by putting what you’ve learned into practise. This course is divided into seven modules.
What will you learn?
- Soft Skills and Incident Handling – incident record keeping and chronology
- IP protocols, OS fingerprinting, and host analysis techniques are examples of core technical skills.
- Gathering Background Information & Open Source – DNS Network Intrusion Analysis – network traffic capture, incoming attacks, and false positive acknowledgment
- Analyzing Host Intrusions – identifying suspect files, infection vectors, and performing live malware analysis
- Malware Reverse Engineering – Identifying Windows executable file formats and functionality
You must have passed the CREST Practitioner Intrusion Analyst (CPIA) exam before enrolling in this course.