Pete has 31 years of IT and MSSP experience and has been a hands-on CISO for the last 17 years. He recently joined Check Point as Field CISO of the Americas. Pete’s experience and leadership was most recently at Cybraics Defense as CISO. This company is an advanced Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Analytics formed as a DARPA funded project. Pete is the former CISO of Hertz Global, successfully protecting the brand in over 150 countries, 20,000 employees and 10,000 locations. Pete led Virtustream’s (now a Dell company) efforts as CISO to achieve FedRAMP and NIST 800-53 certification in record time and hosted dozens of US Federal Agencies on its most secure cloud design. Pete started the MSSP, security consulting, Pen/Vulnerability Testing Teams as VP of Security engineering at Terremark and successfully guided these services migration in the Verizon purchase. Pete has been a local S. Florida trailblazer for many years, starting a wireless ISP, a network engineering company, and an award-winning CRM-telephony Integration Company.
Pete is a founder, leader and member of numerous security groups and is a Board Member and Board Advisor. In 2017, he was honored to be selected as a “Top 100 Global Chief Security Officers.” Pete’s cloud security deployments and designs have been rated by Gartner as #1 and #2 in the world and he literally “wrote the book” on secure cloud reference designs as published in Intel Press: “Building the Infrastructure for Cloud Security: A Solutions View.”