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CREST certification is an accreditation that establishes professional standards for penetration testing. CREST (i.e., Council of Registered Security Testers) is a UK-based, nonprofit organization created in response to unregulated penetration vulnerability testing. The absence of penetration testing standards led to inconsistent methodologies and varying outcomes for testing subjects. CREST certification is available for organizations and professional-level certifications for individuals on several fronts, including penetration testing, cyber incident response, threat intelligence, and security operations center services.
Security researchers take CREST’s penetration testing qualification referred to as the CRT (or “CREST Registered Tester”) to earn CREST certification.
There are three levels of CREST certification, all requiring different levels of experience and expertise.
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