Aussie security testing standards council introduced

CREST Australia will provide Australian businesses access to appropriate IT professionals to protect their cyber assets

An Australian branch of the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST) has been established to set the standards in cyber security testing and ensure accurate results for local business.

CREST Australia will provide Australian businesses access to appropriate IT professionals to protect their cyber assets.

Its members must pass a series of exams to validate the competency of individual IT security professionals and that member companies meet high standards of accountability, integrity, and management.

Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said the council was established to address the increasing digitalisation of business and to minimise their risk of a security breach. “Technology has changed the way we do business,” she said in a statement.

“But with this change, there are both opportunities and threats. Businesses want to make sure their online systems are as prepared as they can be for a cyber attack.”

Roxon said the Federal Government is supporting the establishment of CREST Australia, a not-for-profit organisation, by cooperating with the council’s board and sitting on their sub-committees.

Alastair MacGibbon, who is the director of the Centre of Internet Safety at the University of Canberra and former director of the Australian Federal Police Australian High Tech Crime Centre, will be the founding chief executive of CREST Australia.

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