Crest, a not-for-profit accreditation and certification body representing the technical information security industry, launched the first of four new practical penetration testing certifications that are designed to be delivered via selected Pearson Vue centers around the world. The new Crest Registered Security Analyst (CRSA) certification will provide Crest members, Crest qualified individuals, and the wider industry with flexible, global access to this practical penetration testing examination.

CRSA is a new registered-level practical penetration testing certification. It has a slightly broader scope than the Crest Registered Penetration Tester (CRT) and includes desktop breakout assessments and a larger web application component. CRSA will run in parallel with CRT.

The U.K.'s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has confirmed that the CRSA certification will be recognized alongside the CRT for technical entry for CHECK Team Member. This applies to all CRSA certifications awarded, wherever in the world candidates take the examination.

The existing Crest Practitioner Security Analyst (CPSA) certification, which is already a prerequisite for the CRT, is also a prerequisite for the new CRSA examination. Please note that a CPSA qualification attained via equivalency cannot be used as the prerequisite for booking the CRSA examination.

The CRSA is available to book through Pearson Vue.

The CRSA is the first in a suite of new practical certifications being developed by Crest. The others, which have not yet been recognized by NCSC, are:

  • Crest Certified Security Consultant (Red Team) – CCSC RED
  • Crest Certified Security Consultant (Networks) – CCSC NET
  • Crest Certified Security Consultant (Web) – CCSC WEB

"The examinations for all four new practical penetration testing certifications have been designed to be delivered entirely through Pearson Vue centers," said Ian Glover, president of Crest Intl. "This opens up the opportunity to individuals working in the cybersecurity industry to get the access to certify with Crest wherever they are in the world."

Pearson Vue centers offer a distraction-free, secure testing environment with continuous candidate surveillance. There are number of mandatory security measures at all test centers to ensure the integrity of the examinations and the safety of the candidates.