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Offensive Security Certified Expert (OSCE)
Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)
Offensive Security Wireless Professional (OSWP)
Information Systems Security Architecture Professional (ISSAP)
Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

Core Sentinel is a team of leading IT security enthusiasts which was founded in 2015 by one of the cyber security industry’s best known names: Steve McLaughlin. A CREST-qualified penetration tester with more than 15 years’ experience, Steve has worked for some of the world’s biggest brands internationally, in a range of high-risk industries, including banking, finance, insurance, health, utilities, oil & gas, government and defence.

Steve made his start in the industry in Sydney in 2001. However, at the time, cyber security was still very much in its infancy in Australia, so in 2004, he moved to the UK, where the security landscape was much more mature. Where he could learn from the best and take on cutting-edge, business-critical challenges.

For the next 7 years, Steve worked for a number of high-profile employers, including Aggreko UK, Mott MacDonald UK and Student Loans Company UK, developing extensive hands-on experience at both conducting penetration tests, and coordinating them. He also completed his Masters Degree in Network Engineering (with Distinction) through Charles Sturt University.

In 2010, with 7 years of world-leading cyber security experience under his belt, Steve returned to Australia, where he has worked as Senior Security Engineer for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Security Analyst for Service NSW, Senior Security Analyst for Wesfarmers Insurance and Senior Security Consultant for Caltex.

Steve McLaughlin – Qualifications & certifications

  • IT Masters Degree (with Distinction)
  • CREST Registered Penetration Tester (CRT Pen)
  • CREST Practitioner Security Analyst (CPSA)
  • OSCE (Offensive Security Certified Expert)
  • OSCP (Offensive Security Certified Professional)
  • OSWP (Offensive Security Wireless Professional)
  • TCNA (Tenable Certified Nessus Auditor) [TRG-NES-TCNA]
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified Information Security Manager(CISM)
  • Information Systems Security Architecture Professional (CISSP-ISSAP)
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • CCSK (Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge)
  • Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO)
  • CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker CEH v6.0)
  • CHFI (Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator CHFI v3.0)
  • RSA enVision Certified Systems Engineer 4.0
  • Tripwire Enterprise 7.5 Operator
  • CITP (Chartered IT Professional)
  • CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional)
  • CCDP (Cisco Certified Design Professional)
  • CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)
  • CCDA (Cisco Certified Design Associate)
  • MCSE:Security (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Security)
  • MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer)
  • MCSA:Security (Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator: Security)
  • MCSA (Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator)
  • MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional MCP 2.0)
  • Security+ Certified
  • Server+ Certified
  • Network+ Certified
  • A+ Certified

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