Why Choose Us

Why choose Core Sentinel for your penetration testing? Simple: we’re the best in Australia. That’s no idle boast either, just a demonstrable fact. Our testers are more experienced and better qualified, and we invest a full 50% of our time researching the latest vulnerabilities to stay ahead of the bad guys.

Technology moves fast. So do hackers. Which is why it’s imperative that your penetration testers are at the bleeding edge. They need to be a step ahead of the hackers, not a step behind.

But hackers don’t always exploit new vulnerabilities. Indeed, around a third of all breaches are the direct result of old vulnerabilities sometimes several years old. So while proactive research into the latest trends and technologies is critical, so too is extensive hands-on experience with legacy technologies, over many years.

Core Sentinel delivers both. We stay abreast of the latest vulnerabilities by continuously studying and participating in industry events, and we regularly put on our ‘hacker’s hats’ to discover new vulnerabilities not yet identified by the industry. And we’ve been doing it for years. Our founder, Steve McLaughlin, has more than 15 years international experience in penetration testing, and across the team, we average more than 10 years each.

Of course, all of that experience and expertise is only relevant if it translates directly into benefits for you. At Core Sentinel, we make sure it does. We scope your risk profile accurately, we employ proven testing techniques, we manage every project efficiently using repeatable processes, and we deliver a high quality, prioritised, actionable report, that’s also easy to read and understand. And we do it all within budget.

We’re an active partner in the Australian Government’s Joint Cyber Security Centre (JCSC) program with access to sensitive threat intelligence information, as well as a partner in the StaySmartOnline program.

Plus, as qualified penetration testers, we’re committed to the ISACA Code of Professional Ethics, the (ISC)² Code of Ethics,  and the CREST Code of Conduct, which include;

Promotion of Good Practices

Promoting best practices for other security testers, evaluating new security tools and flagging malicious software.

Protect society, the common good, necessary public trust and confidence, and the infrastructure.

Advance and protect the profession.

Client Interests

Act honorably, honestly, justly, responsibly, and legally.

Committing to client confidentiality and product objectivity, and accepting only those assignments we’re suitably qualified for.


Support the professional education of stakeholders in enhancing their understanding of the governance and management of enterprise information systems and technology, including: audit, control, security and risk management.

Provide diligent and competent service to principals.

Maintaining the highest calibre technical knowledge and staying up to date with technological advances through training, technical publications and specialist groups within professional bodies.


Remaining up to date and compliant with the substance and content of all relevant legal and regulatory frameworks.


Acting with honesty and integrity, and at all times standing against bribery, corruption, extortion and anti-competitive behaviour.

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