About Us

Sentinel Cyber Intelligence, LLC

Sentinel was founded in March 2015 on the premise that cybersecurity should not be limited to just large corporations or large government entities. As cybersecurity professionals, we were continually reminded that everyone should have the comfort of knowing they are reasonably protected.

We developed our mission to “Serve and Defend Those, Who Serve and Defend Others”. That mission is now the backbone of our service. We are steadfastly committed to helping the organizations and individuals that have been overlooked and underserved because they do not have the financial capability and/or the resources to battle the global threat.

Sentinel Cyber Intelligence, LLC is a Texas Limited Liability Corporation. Although Sentinel maintains partnerships with other professionals, Richard Martin is the Managing Partner and sole stock owner. Sentinel is a registered vendor with the State of Texas and the United States

Richard Martin, CISSP, CHFI, CISA, CIA

Richard is a Waco native and started his career as an internal auditor for EZCorp, Inc., a publically traded company based in Austin, Texas. While there, Richard transitioned to an IT auditor and then in 2007 had an opportunity to work at Texas State Technical College (TSTC) as an Integrated Auditor. While at TSTC, Richard was promoted twice first to Associate Director of Enterprise Risk Management, then to Executive Director of Information Security and Compliance and Information Security Officer in 2012.

As Information Security Officer, Richard developed and implemented TSTC’s first information security framework and cybersecurity strategy. In this position, he has been exposed to a number of incidents from hacking to digital forensic investigations.

Richard is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Baylor University.

Donald LaForce, MSISA, CHFI, CEH, CASP

Donald is a founding partner of Sentinel Having a diverse background in all things technology, he is the driving force behind Sentinel's flagship product, Centurion. Prior to founding Sentinel, Donald work as a cybersecurity analyst and Director of Cybersecurity. He has worked numerous pen testing engagements, developed pen testing tools and techniques, and worked numerous network forensic investions and incidents.

Donald spends his spare time gathering threat intelligence on the dark web, developing penetration tools and techniques to better protect Sentinel's clients.

Donald is a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI), and Certified Advanced Security Practioner (CASP). He holds a Master’s Degree of Science in Information Security.

Jason Phillips, CEH, SEC+

Jason is a native of Madisonville, Texas is a certified ethical hacker & security professional. After graduating from high school, Jason enlisted in the Marine Corps serving with distinction for 5 years. Upon leaving the Marines, Jason enrolled at Texas State Technical College where he is majored in CyberSecurity, Digital Forensics and Computer Programming. Jason is a founding member of Cyber Centurions, a club dedicated to advancing cybersecurity knowledge and defense.

Jason serves as Sentinel’s lead pentester where he oversees the scanning, analysis and reporting of client networks. He also participates in internal network assessments and penetration testing.

Jason is pursuing designations as a Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI).

Henry Herring

Henry is a combat vetern and comes to Sentinel the long way. He spent 15 years in the US Army, where he completed tours of duty in Iraq. Henry is a a specialist in tactical microwave, satellite, and wireless communications and graduated with honors as a Board of Regents selection for having a 4.0 GPA from Texas State Technical College with a dual degree in CyberSecurity & Digital Forensics.

Henry serves as Sentinel's Security Operations Center (SOC) Manager for the Sentinel Centurion, where he works with Centurion clients triaging alerts and responding to potential incidents.

We are excited to have him as a part of our team!

Christapher Merimon, SEC+

A Central Texas native, Christapher is a great addition to Sentinel's team. He is currently enrolled at TSTC where he is double majoring in Cybersecurity and Networking.

Christapher serves as a cybersecurity analyst for the Sentinel Centurion, where he works with Centurion clients triaging alerts and responding to potential incidents.

We are excited to have him as a part of our team!

Michael Mala

Michael is a Connally graduate here in Waco, TX and is currently enrolled in the Cyber Security program at Texas State Technical College. He served veterans and students working for the Veterans Services department for the Texas State Technical College. Michael knew at an early age he wanted to pursue a career in the IT industry taking programming in high school and studying hardware & security through his teen years.

We are excited to have him as a part of our team!