Future CREST Chapters
CREST in the GCC Region
CREST has visited the Middle East on a number of occasions to support the development of new markets for UK technical security companies. These visits have been very successful and included formal presentations to major banking institutions and regulators.
CREST is now working towards establishing a CREST Chapter in the Middle East, building on the recent success of a new chapters established in South East Asia. This will provide a focal point and foundation for building a bigger and stronger market for UK companies and help to mature Middle East cyber security capability and capacity.
CREST’s Chapter in the GCC will be created and its work will be planned and executed with support from both the FCO and DIT. CREST has already been able to secure multiple stakeholder meetings with governments, regulators, buyers and suppliers in the region with the help of these government departments.
CREST currently has the ability to accredit companies operating in the region and has seen a growing level of interest in CREST membership. It is believed that this activity could be extended to open new market opportunities for more UK companies.
CREST in Malaysia
A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between CREST and Persatuan Penguji Keselamatan Siber Kuala Lumpur, Selangor dan Putrajaya (“PPKS”) to establish a CREST Chapter in Malaysia.
The partnership between the two organisations will help to pave the way forward for industry in Malaysia to provide greater assurance in on the quality of services provided by penetration testers, benchmarked against international standards. It also enables the sharing of international industry expertise and experience with local providers and cyber security individuals that will further boost the development of a sustainable pool of local talent that will support the nation’s security industry.
CREST Malaysia will provide greater capability, capacity and consistency within the domestic cyber security market and will strengthen export opportunities.
The MOU was signed by Ian Glover, President of CREST and Mohammed Fadzil Haron, Chairman of PPKS/CREST Malaysia Chapter, and witnessed by Mr. Donald Joshua Jaganathan, Assistant Governor, Bank Negara Malaysia. Also present were AICB’s Chief Executive, Prasad Padmanaban, and CREST Director, Rowland Johnson. The signing of the MoU was held at AICB’s Global Discourse Series event on Cyber Landscape in the Malaysian Financial Industry.