CRESTCon 2019: it’s a record breaker!

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With a record number of attendees, speakers and sponsors, CRESTCon 2019 and PRPR won plenty of praise

Merging its historic features and modern architecture, the Royal College of Physicians provided a stunning venue to explore, investigate and analyse the complex world of cyber security. The 450 delegates attending CRESTCon 2019 could choose talks in three streams: Penetration Testing, Incident Response & Threat Intelligence, and Training. Our keynote speaker, Paul Midian, CISO at Dixons Carphone plc, kicked off the day with his talk, ‘Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional’ – a CRESTCon highlight for many attendees. Talks following this ranged from ‘Pirate Queen’ Sarka Pekarova on social engineering techniques and Rewanth Cool’s advice on creating browser extensions to hunt low hanging threats, to Lesley Kipling’s insight into the Microsoft response team.



For many, CRESTCon is a chance to catch up with peers, network with industry professionals, and engage with the next generation of students. Through its Academic Partner program, CREST is committed to building relationships with academic institutions to encourage people to join the cyber security industry. Students came from as far afield as Bournemouth and Cardiff to Keele and London to showcase their work and demonstrate ground-breaking projects and research. Thank you    to Context Information Security for sponsoring the Student Room and Pentest Partners for the student networking reception. The free drink and food went down well with everyone – including the wonderful group of student volunteers who ensured the event ran smoothly. It was a great opportunity for them to make contacts with potential employers and gain advice from experienced cyber security professionals.



PRPR enjoyed working alongside RAW Pictures to produce ‘day in the life’ interviews with delegates for the CREST YouTube channel. Sharing details about their working life and giving advice to people thinking of entering the industry, the interviewees’ expertise is well worth a watch. We also filmed interviews with speakers, in which they provide further insight into their fascinating talks. All interviews will be available on CREST’s YouTube shortly:

A special thank you to the sponsors of this year’s event, such as our Platinum sponsor Aon, Gold sponsor Ixia, Silver sponsors PwC and Redscan, and our Bronze sponsors Bob’s Business, CheckSec, Nettitude, Obrela Security Industries, Titania and Versprite.

This is the sixth year that PRPR has run the CRESTCon event and we were delighted with all the support and positive comments from everyone involved. See you next year on 14th May for an even bigger and better CRESTCon 2020!