About CREST Australia New Zealand Ltd

The foundation of CREST Australia New Zealand was made possible by a generous one-off grant from the Commonwealth of Australia's Attorney General's Department. CREST Australia New Zealand Ltd, a not for profit company limited by guarantee, runs CREST ANZ on behalf of member companies and provides assessment, accreditation, certification, education and training in cyber and information security for individuals and corporate entities and promotes the provision of high quality, best practice information security services according to its company constitution.


The companies that CREST certified individuals work for (known as CREST ANZ Approved companies) have subjected themselves to audit and scrutiny by CREST ANZ, and have signed up to the CREST ANZ code of conduct. For more information on becoming a CREST ANZ Approved company, visit the CREST ANZ membership page.

The Board

CREST Australia New Zealand Ltd has a governing Board who sets the strategic direction and oversight the operations of the company.

Elizabeth Crouch - Board Chair

CREST ANZ Board Chair Elizabeth Crouch brings extensive expertise and experience to our organisation including 16 years with the Federal Government and more than a decade in the private sector.

Elizabeth is also the Chair the SGS Economics and Planning Board, the Customer Owned Banking Association and a non-Executive Director of Bingo Industries and ReadyTech Holdings. She is on the Boards of Health Infrastructure and the Western Sydney Local Health District and in 2018 was appointed to the Board of the NSW Institute of Sport. Elizabeth chairs Audit and Risk Committees for the City of Sydney and RailCorp. She is an Emeritus Deputy Chancellor of Macquarie University and has held previous NED roles on the Boards of Chandler Macleod Group, McGrath Estate Agents, RailCorp and the Macquarie University Hospital. In 2015 she was appointed as a Trustee of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, retiring in December 2018.

Elizabeth has notable experience in the public and private sectors including as Chief Executive of the Housing Industry Association. She holds a Bachelor of Economics and is completing a Masters of Cyber Security. In June 2019, Elizabeth was awarded an Order of Australia for services to higher education and the rail transport industry.

Jason Edelstein - Director

Jason co-founded Sense of Security in 2002 and is currently the CTO of this respected security consulting firm with offices in Sydney and Melbourne. He has over 15 years' experience in the commercial IT industry, including information security specialist roles for Ernst & Young in Australia and Deutsche Bank in London.

He is a trusted security professional with extensive experience in all aspects of network security penetration testing, physical security audits, vulnerability assessment, risk management and consultation about security best-practices and governance. He has performed engagements for many of Australia's Top companies, across the finance, media, consulting, banking, telecommunications, government, engineering and defence industries.

Ty Miller - Director

Ty Miller is the Director at Threat Intelligence Pty Ltd. Ty leads the CREST Technical Committee and is a CREST Assessor. Ty has provided specialist security training to the FBI, DoD, military and intelligence agencies, and many large technology and security companies. He runs advanced penetration testing and intelligence training courses at the prestigious Black Hat conferences each year, and works with leading security companies to enhance their product suites with advanced hacking and threat detection features.

He performs independent security research into cutting edge attack and intelligence techniques and was the co-author of the highly popular security book "Hacking Exposed Linux 3rd Edition". His experience also expands into developing and running industry benchmark accreditations, designing large scale security architectures, performing forensic investigations, creating and executing security training ranging from introductory security through to highly advanced security concepts and skillsets.

Andrew Muller - Director

Andrew Muller is Managing Director or Ionize, a group of highly skilled and experienced security professionals in the domains of Governance, Risk & Compliance (IRAP, ISO27001); - Architecture & Engineering; Security Operations (Monitoring, Penetration Testing, Incident Response); and Training (IRAP Assessor training)

Andrew is also Canberra Chapter lead of OWASP Foundation and is a working group member for Standards Australia (IT-015-26 Software Testing and IT-012-04 Security Techniques)

John Powell - Director

John is a business focussed information security consultant with an array of skills and experience that cover areas including governance, risk, design, implementation and administration.

John has both a civil design and an ICT engineering background. His time in the ICT sector has spanned more than 30 years and has included start-up companies through to multi-nationals working at both technical and leadership levels across compute, storage, networking and security domains.

In recent years, John has been using this breadth and depth of Information Systems experience to provide consulting services to Telstra Purple customers that are focussed on both the operational and security requirements of businesses. In his current role he is leading the governance, risk, compliance and penetration testing capability for Telstra Purple in Queensland.
John is a director of the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers in the Australia New Zealand region and is also a speaker on Cyber Security Risk and Governance topics.

George Bej - CEO

George Bej has been CEO of Crest ANZ since 2019. He is an accomplished global executive in the strategy, consulting and transformation services sector, with a proven track record in all aspects of running and transforming businesses. Over the past four years, he has served as Director of Strativity Group, a global member | customer experience consultancy that has delivered major strategy formulation and deployment programs with leading organisations in Australia and across the globe. He is simultaneously a Director of Optimize, a strategy | consulting firm specializing in rapid, sustainable growth for its clients. Earlier in his career, George served as CMO at Laminex Industries, a Fletcher Building Company and prior to that, held senior executive roles across a range of industries and organizations in a career that spans 30 years.

George has implemented customer and member focused change programs that have led to revenue growth, improved retention and bottom line. He specializes in accelerating business performance, bringing disciplines, tools and insights that underpin successful transformation programs. George’s approach to market penetration, new product | service development and introduction draws upon disruption theory, design thinking, entrepreneurialism and innovation and he has brought much of this to the fore in his extensive work. George is MBA qualified (Macquarie Graduate School of Management) and has undertaken and completed significant tertiary education in the disciplines of leadership, strategic planning, change management, organisational restructuring and performance management.