Information safety accreditation and certification physique CREST has introduced two new partnerships geared toward growing the cybersecurity abilities of its members. The first is a partnership with cyber workforce optimization platform Immersive Labs to help the event of defensive and offensive safety abilities. The second is a collaboration with cybersecurity coaching and upskilling platform Hack The Box to help the event of offensive safety capabilities. Both will assist CREST members put together for CREST examinations, the corporate stated. The partnerships come as cybersecurity abilities and sources challenges proceed to impression organizations throughout the globe.
CREST-Immersive Labs partnership to offer risk simulations, mitigation methods
CREST’s partnership with Immersive Labs will see the latter present entry to hands-on simulations of threats and mitigation methods, permitting these getting ready for CREST examinations to train and enhance capabilities consistent with the certification framework, the agency said in a press launch. CREST will work with Immersive Labs to place a selected give attention to incident response, mapping its on-line, on-demand content material to the examination syllabus and delivering a number of bespoke studying pathways, it added.
“We are delighted to be working with Immersive Labs to offer members a powerful, real-time alternative for ongoing skills development,” stated Rowland Johnson, president of CREST. “Immersive Labs will be providing labs that are aligned to our examination framework and CREST accredited organizations will have free access to entry level labs. They will then have the option to gain access to a wider set of labs, at a reduced cost which will be aligned to our registered and certified level exams. This new partnership is not only providing our members with better access to training for CREST exams, but we also hope it will build a greater sense of community.”
CREST-Hack The Box partnership to ship progressive, interactive method to abilities growth
CREST’s partnership with Hack The Box will present check labs tailor-made towards people who’re planning to take CREST penetration testing and red-teaming examinations, the agency said. CREST is at present working with Hack The Box to map its present content material in opposition to the CREST exams to create totally bespoke labs that may cowl the next exams:
- CREST Practitioner Security Analyst (CPSA)
- CREST Registered Security Analyst (CRSA)
- CREST Registered Penetration Tester (CRT)
- CREST Certified Tester (CCT – Web and Infrastructure)
- CREST Certified Simulated Attack Specialist (CCSAS)
- CREST Certified Simulated Attack Manager (CCSAM)
Johnson stated that the labs will cowl all ranges – from entry to superior – and shall be made obtainable to each the CREST and Hack The Box communities. “CREST accredited organizations will have free access to entry level labs, with the option to gain access to a wider set of labs, at a reduced cost, as a result of this new partner relationship,” he added.
Commenting, Hack The Box’s Director of Operations Nikos Fountas stated that the gamified labs will assist to point if somebody is on the proper stage to take and go sure CREST exams.
Skills shortages behind many cybersecurity challenges
The abilities growth partnerships have been introduced a month after a report from cybersecurity vendor Fortinet found that most of the challenges organizations face in combating cybercrime are straight associated to an absence of certified cybersecurity professionals. In the 2022 Cybersecurity Skills Gap report, 60% of greater than 1,200 IT and cybersecurity decision-makers stated they wrestle to recruit cybersecurity expertise, with 52% struggling to retain certified individuals as soon as they’ve them. What’s extra, 67% of these surveyed agreed that the scarcity of certified cybersecurity candidates creates further dangers for his or her organizations.
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