Core Security Technologies

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Core Security by HelpSystems
IndustryComputer Security
Vulnerability Management
Security Consulting Services
Headquarters6455 City West Parkway
Eden Prairie, MN
Key people
John Racine, Identity Governance Solutions
Brian Wenngatz, General Manager
ProductsPenetration testing, vulnerability management, identity governance & administration
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Core Security by HelpSystems is an American computer and network security company provides cyber threat prevention and identity access management software products and services, including penetration testing, network traffic analysis, threat detection, privileged access management, and identity governance The company’s research arm, CoreLabs, identifies new IT security vulnerabilities, publishes public vulnerability advisories, and works with vendors to assist in eliminating the exposures they find.[1]

In February 2019, HelpSystems acquired the Core Security products from SecureAuth.[2] HelpSystems is a global enterprise software company working in the areas automation and cybersecurity.


In 1996, Core Security was founded in Buenos Aires, Argentina. One year later, the CoreLabs Research group was established and published their first advisory.

Core conducted its first penetration test for a U.S. company in 1998. In the same year, Core Security was recognized as an "Endeavor Entrepreneur" by the Endeavor Foundation, a foundation that supports entrepreneurial projects in emerging markets.

In 2000, the company's first U.S. office opened in New York, NY. Two years later, Core released the first and second versions of their flagship penetration testing product, Core Impact Pro.[3]

In 2002, Morgan Stanley became a shareholder in Core, investing USD 1.5 million and retaining a seat on the board.

In 2003, the company's U.S. headquarters was relocated from New York to Boston, MA. Five years later, Mark Hatton became the CEO of Core Security.[4]

In 2009, Core adds development sites in Boston and India. One year later, Core announced the beta of its new security testing and measurement product, Core Insight.

In 2012, Core announces partnership with nCircle.[5] In the same year, Core announces partnership with NT Objectives.[6]

In 2013, Core Security is named to the 2013 Inc. 500/5000 List.[7] The firm, at the time, employed 180 people, 150 of whom are based in Buenos Aires.[8]

In 2014, Core Security Adds Intrinium to its Partner Program and extends its reach to the Pacific Northwest.[9] In the same year, Core Security announced the latest version of its Core Attack Intelligence Platform.[10] Also in 2014, Core Security won the Information Security Magazine and 2014 Readers' Choice Awards for "Excellence in Vulnerability Management."[11]

In December 2015, Core Security was acquired by identity and access management (IAM) company Courion;[12] in May 2016, Courion rebranded itself with the Core Security name.[13]

In July 2016, Core Security Technologies acquired Damballa for $US 9 million.[14]

In 2017, Core Security merged with SecureAuth.[15]

In 2019, HelpSystems acquired the Core Security solutions from SecureAuth.[16]

On March 4, 2020, Core Security by Helpsystems acquired Cobalt Strike.

Research and advisories[edit]

According to its website, Core Security's research department, Core Labs, conducts research in system vulnerabilities, cyber attack planning and simulation, source code auditing and cryptography. Core Labs publishes security advisories, technical papers, project information and shared software tools for public use, with its researchers participating in IT security research conferences including the Black Hat Briefings.[17][18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Inc. Magazine Unveils Its Annual Exclusive List of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies - the Inc.500|5000". CORE Security. Archived from the original on 2014-02-25. Retrieved 2014-02-21.
  2. ^ "HelpSystems Picks Up SecureAuth's Core Security Portfolio". Channelnomics. 7 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Technologies announces first comprehensive penetration testing tool". CORE Security. 2002-03-04. Archived from the original on 2014-02-25. Retrieved 2014-02-21.
  4. ^ "Technologies Appoints New CEO & Relocates Corporate Headquarters to Boston". CORE Security. 2003-05-30. Archived from the original on 2014-02-25. Retrieved 2014-02-21.
  5. ^ "Tripwire, Inc – IT Security Software to improve data security and regulatory compliance". Archived from the original on 2013-06-06. Retrieved 2014-02-21.
  6. ^ "Core Security & NT OBJECTives Partner to Deliver First-of-its-Kind Comprehensive View of Web Application Security Posture". CORE Security. 2012-04-18. Archived from the original on 2014-02-25. Retrieved 2014-02-21.
  7. ^ "Named to the 2013 Inc. 500/5000 List". CORE Security. 2013-08-21. Archived from the original on 2014-07-19. Retrieved 2014-07-15.
  8. ^ p.8
  9. ^ Core Security. "Core Security Press Releases Archived 2014-08-26 at the Wayback Machine." January 30, 2014. July 29, 2014.
  10. ^ "Prioritizing vulnerabilities to close gaps where it matters". Retrieved 2014-08-07.
  11. ^ "Wins 2014 Readers' Choice Award for Excellence in Vulnerability Management". CORE Security. 2014-11-25. Archived from the original on 2015-04-13. Retrieved 2015-01-12.
  12. ^ "Courion Acquires Attack Intelligence Solutions Provider Core Security". Courion. 2015-12-09. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  13. ^ "Courion has Rebranded as the New Core Security". Core Security. 2016-05-25. Archived from the original on 2016-09-25. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  14. ^ "Atlanta's Damballa sold for nearly $9 million - Atlanta Business Chronicle". Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  15. ^ "SecureAuth Acquired for $225 Million, to Merge With Core Security - SecurityWeek". Retrieved 19 April 2019.
  16. ^ "HelpSystems Picks Up SecureAuth's Core Security Portfolio". Channelnomics.
  17. ^ "Core Advisories". CORE Security. Retrieved 2014-02-21.
  18. ^ Gregg Keizer (2010-05-06). "Security firm reveals Microsoft's 'silent' patches". Computerworld. Retrieved 2014-02-21.

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