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What it means to be a part of the Cobalt Core

A look at the the Core values of our pentester community

What it means to be a part of the Cobalt Core
Elizabeth Ramirez
Elizabeth Ramirez

Elizabeth Ramirez is Community Manager, Team Lead at Cobalt. She manages the pentester lifecycle and community operations for the Cobalt Core. Prior to Cobalt she headed the PMO of an MSSP where she worked closely with clients to develop and mature their security posture.

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Cobalt Core

The Cobalt Core is comprised of security professionals who are passionate about what they do. They bring their pentesting experience, professionalism and collaborative spirit together to make the internet more secure — one application at a time. The Core is committed to delivering quality pentest services to our diverse clientele, while always striving to continuously learn, keep up to date on the latest vulnerabilities and exploits, and the tools and methodologies to find them.

Our “Secret Sauce” is our pentester community. We hire amazing security experts and we want to uphold this high standard. Thus, all Core pentesters are expected to embody and exemplify traits that we also consider to be our Core Values.

1. One Cobalt

Cobalt Core pentesters embody a collaborative, professional spirit by:

  • Working alongside their fellow Cobalt Core team members in a quest to meet client goals and objectives.

  • Mentoring fellow Core members.

  • Actively communicating and being present throughout a pentest engagement.

  • Being respectful of each other, clients, and staff.

  • Fostering an environment that puts results above competition (i.e. “winning”).

  • Providing feedback regarding Cobalt platform and or processes.

2. Humble Learning

Cobalt Core pentesters are humble learners, they exemplify this by:

  • Continuously striving to learn and improve upon their skillset.

  • Keeping up to date with the latest vulnerabilities and testing methodologies.

  • Being open to constructive feedback regarding technical and or professional opportunities for improvement.

  • Bestowing and receiving knowledge in order to foster a continuous circle of learning.

  • Asking for help when it is needed, personally and or professionally.

3. Quality at Speed

Cobalt Core pentesters deliver quality at speed, they demonstrate this by:

  • Delivering quality updates as required during pentest engagements.

  • Reporting discovered vulnerabilities in real-time.

  • Delivering timely, detailed and properly formatted vuln report (s).

  • Responding to client requests in a prompt and professional manner.

  • Retesting remediated vulns within the SLA.

  • Studying, planning and testing according to scoping documentation and or agreements.

  • Don’t move faster than they need to. Know when to speed up, and when to slow down.

  • Understands that speed does not equal quality.

If you are interested in joining the our awesome Core community you can apply here.

Cobalt does not tolerate any hateful, discriminatory, harassing, or otherwise offensive behavior by members of the Cobalt Core online community, whether in-person or the virtual world.

This includes comments or actions directed at a person’s gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or any other protected class on a Cobalt sponsored platform or personal medium.

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