Information security certification group CREST names new president

Roseland-based CREST, an accreditation and certification body for the information security industry, appointed a new president, the organization said in a news release.

Rowland Johnson, a former member of the CREST Great Britain executive board, will take over for Ian Glover and serve for an initial term of one year, CREST said.

“I know the passion he has for CREST and its importance to the global cybersecurity ecosystem,” CREST USA Chairman Tom Brennan said. “This, along with his significant industry experience, make him ideal for the role, and I very much look forward to working with him, alongside the CREST team.”

Johnson played key roles in the creation of CREST in Singapore and the U.S. and was a founding director of Nettitude, a cybersecurity company acquired by Lloyd’s Register in 2018.

“I will be working closely with Ian and the whole of the CREST team to ensure that the transition is as seamless as possible for CREST members and for everyone we work with across the industry, governments, regulators and academia,” Johnson said.

Glover served as president for nearly 13 years, CREST said. He retired Sept. 1 and will continue supporting CREST projects internationally until Dec. 1.

“Having worked closely with Rowland for six years while he was a member of the CREST GB Executive, I am delighted that he is taking up the president’s role,” Glover said. “During my time with CREST, I hope I have helped organizations to mature and grow while encouraging individuals to enter and thrive in an increasingly professional industry. I am confident it will also be Rowland’s mission to carry on this work.”