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Pete Cooper

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Former Royal Air Force fast jet pilot

12th on a list of global leaders in Cybersecurity

Senior Fellow at the Cyber Statecraft Initiative of the Atlantic Council

Pete Cooper is a former Royal Air Force fast jet pilot, was one of the very first military cyber operations officers, the strategic cyber operations adviser to the UK Ministry of defence and is now a globally trusted adviser at the forefront of cyber security and previously ranked 12th on a list of global leaders in cybersecurity. With an in-depth understanding of international and organisational cyber security challenges, his experience ranges from building complex international partnerships and strategies at a global scale to advising organisations on their cyber security strategies and the leadership and culture to tackle them.

An experienced speaker at any scale and to any audience, Pete is also one of very few people that holds a Post Grad in Cyberspace Operations, exploring how a more pro-active approach to cyber security can be developed.  This and his practical operational experience led him to develop ground-breaking legal active cyber defence strategies that allowed organisations to pro-actively counter their cyber adversaries. His expertise in this area was recently recognised by the invite to speak at the opening of the UK’s National Cyber Deception Lab.

His passion and knowledge of cyber security strategy also extends to developing the next generation of cyber security leadership and founding the UK’s only cyber strategy challenge. Designed to find and develop the next generation of cyber security leadership, his approach has resulted in a greater recognition of the need for a multi-disciplinary approach to cyber skills and the competition uniquely and consistently achieves around a 50/50 gender ratio.

Additionally, he is the lead of the Aerospace Village at DEF CON, the world’s largest hacker conference. This sees him working with the diverse hacker community, industry and government to build bridges between all of them to improve the security of a critical, complex sector.

He is also a Senior Fellow at the Cyber Statecraft Initiative of the Atlantic Council, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a keen sailor, previously being team captain for the UK Royal Air Force sailing team including both the Sydney to Hobart and Fastnet Yacht races.

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