Netragard was founded in 2006 and has an established reputation for providing high-quality offensive and defensive security services. Our services identify the ways that a customer network can be breached and provide effective and efficient preventative solutions. This is accomplished by leveraging Real Time Dynamic Testing™, which safely produces a level of threat that matches or exceeds most real-world malicious hacking scenarios.

Our Customers

Netragard’s customer portfolio is comprised of public and private sector organizations across numerous industries that take their own security very seriously. Our customers include but are not limited to major Las Vegas casinos, wealth management firms, the largest wholesale distributors in the world, pharmaceutical companies, large and small banks, healthcare providers, SAAS (cloud) providers, and more.

Our Methodology

Real Time Dynamic Testing™ is an advanced penetration testing methodology that is unique to Netragard and derived from vulnerability research & exploit development practices. The methodology is highly extensible and often incorporates components from the OWASP, the OSSTMM, bleeding edge offensive tactics, and more. Real Time Dynamic Testing™ can be delivered entirely without automated vulnerability scanning.


Adriel T. Desautels
Adriel T. DesautelsChief Executive Officer

Adriel T. Desautels is founder and CEO at Netragard, Inc. Netragard specializes in the delivery of realistic threat penetration testing, network hardening and network defense. Netragard is one of the few BBB accredited Penetration Testing firms which is a testament to its confidence in service quality. In addition, Netragard guarantees the quality of its services in writing to its customers.

Adriel is the architect behind most of Netragard’s services. Netragard has at its disposal an unparalleled team of exploit developers, penetration testers and technical writers. This team is capable of delivering services that range from vulnerability research and exploit development to advanced penetration testing services. Netragard’s clients include but are not limited to major casinos, financial institutions, pharmaceutical corporations, and healthcare providers.

Adriel created and manages Netragard’s 0-day Exploit Acquisition Program and continues to be an advocate for ethical 0-day research, use and sales. While in operation, the program purchased 0-day exploits from ethical security researchers. The Exploit Acquisition Program differentiated its self from other programs by welcoming software vendors to participate as exclusive buyers of their own vulnerabilities. The program was shut down in July of 2015 but may be revived if proper and effective regulations are established.

Adriel continues to define new quality standards for Penetration Testing. He hopes that Netragard’s customers will adopt these standards as their own and in doing so will require other Penetration Testing firms to meet the same level of service quality.

Karen Huggins
Karen HugginsFinance/Project Management

Karen joined the team in 2017 in a role providing both financial and project management support to the operations and overall strategy of Netragard.Prior to joining Netragard, she worked at RBC in Luxembourg in the role of Financial Advisor to the Global CIO of Investor Services, as well as several years managing the Financial Risk team to develop and implement new processes in line with regulator requirements around their supplier services/cost and to minimize the residual risk to the organization. With over 15 years of experience in finance with global organizations, she brings new perspective that will help the organization become more efficient as a team.She received her Bachelor of Finance from The Florida State University and her Masters of Business Administration at ESSEC Business School in Paris, France.

Fred Ricketts
Fred RickettsSales

Since 1995, Fred has consistently earned the trust of clients, at all levels, and has been rewarded with their support, business and an ongoing relationship. This ability has enabled him to meet sales goals in both named accounts and large geographic territories. His success in every sales position, has stemmed from hunting down new business and planting seeds for future wins. As an entrepreneurial employee, he knows how to leverage existing resources and is not afraid to do the job himself. With a strong work ethic, honesty, integrity, and ability to relate technologies to business problems, Fred has always been viewed as a resource and major contributor to every team.

Bryan Halfpap
Bryan HalfpapPrincipal Consultant

Bryan has held varied roles in his career, from helpdesk technician, to Lead Engineer/Partner at a technology startup, to red teamer. This gives him a unique perspective on security issues and how to best solve them within an organization. Prior to joining the Netragard team full-time in 2020, he worked as a red team engineer at Booz Allen Dark Labs where he designed and implemented strategies for malware. Before that, he was Director of Research Engineering at Department 13, responsible for the reverse engineering and exploitation of consumer remote-control drone radio systems, including systems utilized by the United States military.

Bryan’s expertise primarily lies in the auditing and exploitation of web applications and communications protocols including wireless protocols such as WiFi, Zigbee, and proprietary systems. His experience as a penetration tester has lead him to interact with a variety of industries such as Finance, Retail, Hospitality, Oil, and Manufacturing to name just a few.

Bryan is also a licensed Ham Radio operator, an auto racing enthusiast, and a Board Member Emeritus of Unallocated Space Hackerspace in Severn, Maryland.

Philippe Caturegli
Philippe CaturegliChief Hacking Officer (Partner)

Philippe has over 18 years of experience in Information Security. Prior to joining Netragard, Philippe was a Senior Manager within the Information & Technology Risk practice at Deloitte Luxembourg where he led a team in charge of Security & Privacy engagements.

For the past 8 years, Philippe has been primarily serving the Banking and Financial sector in his areas of expertise that include security assessment of large and complex infrastructures and penetration testing of data & voice networks, operating systems, middleware and Web applications in Europe, US and Middle East.

In his previous work experience, Philippe held several roles within the information system security department of a global pharmaceutical company in London. While working with a heterogeneous network of over 100,000 users across the world and strict regulatory requirements, Philippe gained hands-on experience with various security technologies (VPN, Network and Application Firewalls, IDS, IPS, Host Intrusion Prevention, etc.)

Philippe is actively participating in the IT security community. In the past, he has discovered and published several security vulnerabilities in leading products such as Cisco, Symantec and Hewlett-Packard.

He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), PCI Qualified Security Assessors (PCI-QSA), OSSTMM Professional Security Analyst (OPSA), OSSTMM Professional Security Tester (OPST), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)and Associate Member of the Business Continuity Institute (AMBCI).