David is one of Aura’s home-grown talent, joining Aura as a graduate in 2013 after completing his Bachelor of Network Engineering from Victoria University of Wellington with 1st Class Honours.

David excels in the execution of high standard offensive and defensive security capabilities, and enjoys the complex investigative work required for solving challenging technical security problems.

His key areas of strength include penetration testing of complex applications, systems, and networks, and contributing to the quality of Aura's technical deliverables. David is Aura’s technical lead for a number of Aura's Wellington-based enterprise customers and has performed security assessments for a wide array of industries, both private and public sector.

David conducts ongoing research into the area of security appliances, and has published vulnerabilities for Fortinet’s Fortiportal software.

As a passionate advocate for the local cyber security industry, David also manages Aura’s internship program, providing guidance and mentoring to the InfoSec community’s newest entrants.

Expertise at a Glance


Penetration Testing
Password Audit
Red Teaming