Brian Sims

ISACA joins CREST in bid to address global cyber security skills gap

ISACA – THE global association for digital trust professionals – has joined CREST (the international accreditation and certification body for the cyber security industry) as a Community Supporter. This development underscores ISACA’s ongoing commitment to reduce the cyber security gap by equipping professionals with the necessary skills and knowledge they need in order to tackle emerging threats on an effective basis.

The strategic move also represents a united effort to address the growing challenges posed in the cyber security domain and is set to enhance the cyber security landscape by promoting higher standards of professionalism, sharing knowledge and developing skills across the sector.

By combining resources, the two organisations aim to foster a more secure digital world through education, certification and the promotion of Best Practice. Working together means that ISACA and CREST will reach and impact the audience of both organisations, creating joint programmes, opportunities and initiatives designed to benefit organisations and professionals. Going forward, initiatives will include:

Enhanced Professional Development

Members of both organisations will enjoy access to a broader range of professional development opportunities, including specialised training and certifications 

Global standards and Best Practice

The collaboration will work towards establishing and promoting global standards and Best Practice in cyber security, in turn benefiting organisations and professionals worldwide

Innovation and research

Joint initiatives will focus on innovation and research designed to address current and future cyber security challenges, thereby ensuring the industry remains at the forefront of both technology and methodology

Pivotal moment

Chris Dimitriadis, chief global strategy officer at ISACA, observed: “Our collaboration with CREST is a pivotal moment in terms of bridging the global cyber security skills gap. Joining CREST aligns perfectly with ISACA’s own mission to support the creation of a skilled and ethical cyber security workforce. We are particularly excited to work alongside CREST on enhancing our collective impact and promoting a culture of digital trust and resilience.”

Nick Benson, CEO of CREST, responded: “We’re delighted to welcome ISACA as a community supporter of CREST and very much looking forward to the unique insights and contributions that collaboration will bring. Together, we are poised to confront the most critical cyber security challenges and encourage a new wave of talented professionals to enter the field.”

Career progression

For more than 50 years now, ISACA has equipped individuals and enterprises alike with the knowledge, credentials, education, training and community to progress their careers, transform their organisations and build a more trusted and ethical digital world.

The organisation leverages the expertise of its more than 170,000 members who work in digital trust fields such as information security, governance, assurance, risk, privacy and quality. ISACA boasts a presence in 188 countries.

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For its part, CREST is a not-for-profit accreditation and certification body representing the technical information security industry. CREST delivers internationally recognised accreditations for organisations providing technical security services in parallel with professional-level certifications for individuals providing vulnerability assessment, penetration testing, cyber incident response, threat intelligence and Security Operations Centre services.

CREST Member companies undergo regular and stringent assessments, while CREST-certified individuals undertake rigorous examinations that affirm the highest levels of knowledge, skill and competence.

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