CESG (the UK government’s National Technical Authority for Information Assurance) has historically provided penetration-testing services to HMG and critical public sector organisations.
As demand grew, CESG created an IT Health Check Service (CHECK) that permitted companies approved to the standards of the service to undertake the penetration-testing services themselves. There are certain penetration-testing examinations that have been approved by CESG that are required in order to apply for CHECK Team Leader/Member status.
The Tiger Scheme, a university-backed certification scheme, offers these CESG approved examinations.
Four ITSUS employees, including myself, will shortly be undertaking the Tiger Schemes QSTM (Qualified Security Team Member) qualification, which is technically equivalent to becoming a CHECK Team Member.
Rhys Jeffs, ITSUS’s Senior Research Technologist, has been working with us to help prepare us for the exam. During working hours, he has been teaching us both theoretically and practically. The great thing about this is that Rhys was a lecturer at the University of South Wales for 4 years while he undertook his PhD. I had previously paid university tuition fees in order to gain a qualification, but now I am being paid by ITSUS and taught by a former university lecturer to attain a qualification paid for by ITSUS! What an opportunity.
With the exam date looming I must get back to playing with Kali Linux to hack my virtual network. Who ever said work was boring? They clearly had not worked for ITSUS!