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Pete Cooper

Deputy Director for Cyber Defence - Cabinet Office
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Pete is Deputy Director Cyber Defence within the Government Security Group in the UK Cabinet Office. With a diverse military, private sector and government background he has worked on everything ranging from cyber operations, global cyber security strategies, advising on the nature of state vs state cyber conflict to leading cyber security change with ground breaking, collaborative work across industry, public sector and the global hacker community, including founding and leading the Aerospace Village at DEF CON.  A fast jet pilot turned cyber operations advisor, who on leaving the military in 2016, founded the UK’s first multi-disciplinary cyber strategy competition, he is passionate about tackling national and international cybersecurity challenges through better collaborations, diversity and innovative partnerships. He has a Post Grad in Cyberspace Operations from Cranfield University.  Is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Cyber Statecraft Initiative of the Scowcroft Centre for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Dept of War Studies, King’s College London