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Digital Assurance achieves CREST accreditation for pen testing

London, UK – 20 May, 2013 – Digital Assurance, an independent security assessment and information assurance consultancy, today announced it has been awarded CREST accreditation for the penetration testing services. Digital Assurance passed CREST’s rigorous assessment and certification process to demonstrate the very highest levels of standards in security testing.

CREST is a not for profit organisation that provides industry and government recognised professional standards and qualifications for companies and individuals providing technical information security services. Only those businesses that apply the very highest level of expertise and professionalism to security and penetration testing are able to pass CREST’s highly technical certification programs and achieve the accreditation. CREST also provides its members with ongoing support and a framework for testing that includes standards, methodologies and processes.

“For us, and our clientele, CREST accreditation is one of the hallmarks that embodies security best practice in ethical hacking and penetration testing,” said Mark Osborne, executive director, Digital Assurance. “Achieving CREST certification as a security consultancy testifies to our established technical expertise and validates the quality of our testing across the business. CREST is rapidly emerging as a key standard by which information security testing companies want to be measured and we’re delighted to be part of the scheme and make contributions to help shape the CREST standards as they develop in the future."

“Becoming a CREST member is not an easy process, nor should it be, because it is designed to provide complete assurance of processes and procedures and validate the competence of information security testers,” said Ian Glover President of CREST. “Congratulations to Digital Assurance for passing all of the criteria and we are delighted to have them on board as members.”

About Digital Assurance
Digital Assurance is an independent vendor-neutral security consultancy founded in 2006 by experienced security professionals to bring comprehensive, effective and flexible information security services to market. The company develops and delivers a range of security testing, information assurance and security training products and services to reduce the cost and complexity of mandatory and regulatory compliance for clients. These range from large blue-chip multi-nationals through to government agencies. Digital Assurance also takes an active role in the security community, conducting research on emerging technologies, exposing vulnerabilities and developing the security tools necessary to combat these threats. To find out more, please go to www.digitalassurance.com or follow us on Twitter @da_security.

About CREST
CREST (Council for Registered Ethical Security Testers) is a not-for-profit organisation that provides globally recognised certifications for organisations and individuals providing penetration testing and network forensics services. It has a strong relationship with government bodies such as CESG (The National Technical Sponsor for Information Assurance) along with CPNI the UK Centre for the Protection of the National Infrastructure, and NBISE, the National Board of Information Security Examiners in the US.

For security testing companies, CREST provides a provable validation of security testing methodologies and practices; while for individuals, CREST offers an industry leading qualification and career path. CREST members are committed to supporting industry and career development via information sharing, training and conferences. www.crest-approved.org