Espion achieves CREST accreditation, an Irish first

Pictured left is Stephen O'Boyle, Espion, Ian Glover, president, CREST, and Colman Morrissey, Espion

7 July 2015

Security company Espion has become the first Irish firm to achieve Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST) accreditation for penetration testing.

The company said that it expects to create around 30 new roles during the next 12 months as result of the achievement.

Following a rigorous assessment and certification process, Espion said it has become the first Irish firm to join CREST’s elite group of 57 member companies, which have all demonstrated the highest levels of security testing standards. The company expects that attaining this symbol of international credibility will widen the scope for new client engagement.

Penetration testing, which comprises the use of a variety of manual and automated techniques to simulate an attack on an organisation’s information security arrangements, is a cornerstone service within the company’s Information Governance division, said Espion. The CREST standard further enhances the existing knowledge-focus and adherence to internationally recognised industry leading standards (ISO 9001, ISO 27001) and best practices.

“CREST membership represents complete assurances of processes and procedures and validates the competence of information security testers,” said Ian Glover, president, CREST. “Accreditation is extremely difficult to attain.”

“I congratulate Espion for passing our stringent assessment of business processes, data security and security testing methodologies. I am sincerely delighted to welcome them as the first Irish company to join our membership.”

According to Colman Morrissey, managing director, the pursuit of excellence verified by such standards is a key differentiator for the company.

“Our strategy of investing in people with rigorous continuing professional development (CPD) and adhering to leading international standards is driving sustainable, meaningful growth. Achieving CREST is a tremendous endorsement of our capabilities and marks a significant milestone in our international expansion.”


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