About Instructor

Pedro "Pete" D. Cordero

Pete Cordero is the CEO of Hacking The Cyber Threat LLC, a consulting firm which specializes in providing cybersecurity leadership consulting and training to executives.

From April 2018 through July 2020, Pete served as a Big 4 Accounting Firm Executive-level Cybersecurity Consultant. Pete led board of director, audit committee, C-Suite, CIO, CISO, and Internal Audit cybersecurity insight sessions on cybersecurity risk management for large organizations representing most business sectors. Pete provided cybersecurity training to internal audit teams and conducted reviews of cybersecurity incidents and cybersecurity forensic investigations. 

Pete retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after serving 27 years as an FBI Special Agent, specializing in complex investigations in cyber intrusions, counterterrorism, public corruption, and financial institution fraud. 

During his FBI career, Pete served as an FBI Cyber Division Executive responsible for all FBI criminal and national security cybersecurity intrusion investigations in the United States and abroad. Pete served as the Deputy Director of the FBI National Cyber Investigative Task Force (NCIJTF), a unique multi-agency cyber center with the primary responsibility of coordinating, integrating, and sharing information to support national and international cyber threat investigations. 

During his final assignment at the FBI Academy, Pete served as the FBI National Academy Cybersecurity Leadership Instructor. Pete designed, created, and taught an undergraduate and graduate level cybersecurity leadership course for three years. Pete taught over 300 law enforcement executives from around the world on how to address the cyber threat at the strategic, operational, and tactical level.

Pete is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), and holds multiple SANS Global Information Assurance Certifications (GIAC) which include Penetration Testing Networks (GPEN); Web Infrastructure/Web Applications (GWAPT); Mobile Devices/Mobile Applications (GMOB); Network Forensic Analysis (GNFA); Incident Response and Hacker Techniques (GCIH); and Active Defense and Incident Response for Industrial Control Systems (GRID). Pete also holds certifications from CERT Building An Insider Threat Program and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight. 

During his FBI career, Pete attended and graduated from the Eisenhower School-Industrial College of the Armed Forces War College where he received his Master of Science (MS) in National Resource Strategy. In addition, Pete received a Core Concentration in Information Operations Certification from the National Defense University College of Information and Cyberspace (NDU CIC). Since 2012 Pete has served as a guest lecturer on Cybersecurity at the NDU CIC. Pete also holds a B.B.A in Accountancy from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Pete is the author of two cybersecurity leadership books, "Hacking the Cyber Threat: A Cybersecurity Primer for Business Leaders and Executives" and "Hacking the Cyber Threat: A Cybersecurity Primer for Law-Enforcement Leaders and Executives".

During his FBI career, Pete was awarded the 2003 Attorney General Award for Exceptional Service and the 2012 Attorney General Award for Distinguished Service. 

Certifications

List of certifications achieved by Pete: 

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP)
Global Penetration Testing Networks (GPEN)
Web Infrastructure/Web Applications (GWAPT)
Mobile Devices/Mobile Applications (GMOB)
Global Network Forensic Analysis (GNFA)
Incident Response and Hacker Techniques (GCIH)
Active Defense and Incident Response for Industrial Control Systems (GRID)
National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)

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