About Your Trusted Cybersecurity Advisor
Pedro "Pete" D. Cordero
Pete Cordero is the CEO of Hacking The Cyber Threat LLC which specializes in providing cybersecurity leadership consulting and training services to leadership teams.
Pete has served as a cybersecurity executive in both the FBI and the private sector since 2010. He has extensive cybersecurity executive experience conducting FBI cybersecurity intrusion investigations, providing FBI cybersecurity leadership training, and serving large organizations in providing cybersecurity consulting services and cybersecurity leadership training. Pete also maintains multiple advanced cybersecurity certifications and competes cybersecurity training on an annual basis.
Executive-Level Cybersecurity Consulting
From April 2018 through September 2021, Pete served as an 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 also provided clients with cybersecurity services (technical, advisory, and incident response), cybersecurity training to internal audit teams, and conducted reviews of cybersecurity incidents and cybersecurity forensic investigations.
FBI Cybersecurity Subject-Matter Expert and FBI Cyber Executive
Pete retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after serving 27 years as an FBI Special Agent, specializing in complex investigations in cybersecurity intrusions, counter-terrorism, public corruption, and financial institution/Foreign Corrupt Practices Act 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.
Professional and Cybersecurity Certifications
Pete has the following professional and SANS Global Information Assurance Certifications (GIAC) cyber certifications and training:
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP)
Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking (GPEN)
Web Application Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking (GWAPT)
Mobile Device Security and Ethical Hacking (GMOB)
Advanced Network Forensics; Threat Hunting, Analysis, and Incident Response (GNFA)
Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling (GCIH)
Active Defense and Incident Response for Industrial Control Systems (GRID)
CERT Building An Insider Threat Program
National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight
SANS SEC545 Cloud Security Architecture and Operations (2019)
SANS SEC588 Cloud Penetration Testing (2021)
Education and Publications
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" and the creator of the Hacking The Cyber Threat Cybersecurity Leadership Program For Executives online course.
During his FBI career, Pete was awarded the 2003 Attorney General Award for Exceptional Service and the 2021 Attorney General Award for Distinguished Service.
Schedule A Consultation
If you have further questions regarding our cybersecurity leadership consulting services and/or training program, we invite you to contact us.