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Standards for cyber security testing to be introduced in Australia

Australian businesses will have clear and agreed standards for cyber security testing after an announcement that an Australian branch of the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST) has been established.

Australia’s Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said by helping to establish CREST Australia, the Gillard Government is making sure that Australian businesses can access the right IT professionals to protect their cyber assets.

“Technology has changed the way we do business. 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,” Ms Roxon said.

“CREST Australia will have the important role of establishing clear and agreed standards for cyber security testing.

“These standards will help the business sector be confident that the work conducted by IT professionals is completed with integrity, accountability and to agreed standards.”

Ms Roxon explained that CREST is a not-for-profit organisation that will work closely with Government to ensure industry and business clients are able to employ qualified IT professionals to carry out cyber security testing.

“By having this function performed by an Australian arm of a recognised body such as CREST, qualifications can be recognised internationally, promoting a recognised international standard,” Ms Roxon said. “Government agencies, such as CERT Australia, will work cooperatively with the board of CREST Australia, including sitting on various CREST sub-committees alongside business members.”

The Director of the Centre of Internet Safety at the University of Canberra and the former Director of the AFP Australian High Tech Crime Centre, Mr Alastair MacGibbon will be the founding Chief Executive Officer of CREST Australia.

CREST Australia is affiliated with CREST Great Britain, whose members must pass a series of examinations to validate the competency of individual IT security professionals and provide assurance that member companies meet high standards of management, integrity and accountability.

•Date: 14th March 2012 • Australia •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

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