Kenneth V. Peifer
Director, Cyber Strategy and Integration
CYFOR Technologies LLC, San Antonio, Texas
Ken joined CYFOR Technologies in October 2013 after retiring from a successful 20+ year career in the Air Force. As Director, Cyber Strategy and Integration, he leads cyberspace and intelligence strategies integration including research, engineering, development, implementation, and assessment of plans, operations and capabilities.
He brings extensive unique experience in cyberspace operations shaping concepts, policy and strategy, and implementing cutting-edge technical capabilities. His in-depth operational experience includes planning and conducting offensive and defensive cyberspace operations, network defense program engineering and management, integrated cyberspace strategy and plan development, cross-functional teambuilding, capability innovation, and enterprise engineering for Federal departments and agencies.
Before joining CYFOR Technologies, Ken served as Chief, Cyberspace Plans at 24th Air Force (AFCYBER), where he developed and delivered highly-skilled network defense, intelligence, and offensive cyberspace operations teams on-site globally ensuring cyberspace dominance for combatant commanders on behalf of United States Cyber Command.
He also served as Commander of the 33rd Network Warfare Squadron (AFCERT) where he led daily cyberspace operations and managed $125M in cyber security assets; operating 354 sensor and interdiction platforms at 122 sites worldwide defending the Air Force’s global information networks.
Ken is a distinguished graduate and received his commission from the University of Connecticut Air Force ROTC program. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Central Connecticut State University’s Management Information Systems program. He is a summa cum laude graduate of the Air Force Institute of Technology, Master of Information Resources Management program where he won the coveted Dr. Leslie M. Norton Pride In Excellence Award, Outstanding Thesis for his work in Information Warfare. Also while at the Air Force Institute of Technology he was inducted into Sigma Iota Epsilon, Honorary Management Fraternity.
He began active duty as a Space Operations Officer where he maintained a Highly Qualified Crew Commander rating and served as Chief, Standardization and Evaluation at the 6th Space Warning Squadron. He has also served as a certified Air Education and Training Command Communications and Information Instructor, Course Director for the Advanced Communications and Information Officer Training and Scope Eagle courses, DoD Agency executive officer, and MAJCOM and Joint Staff officer. Additionally Ken commanded the 386th Expeditionary Communications Squadron supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom throughout Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Ken is a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and is involved in a variety of volunteer efforts. He is a longstanding member of the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association (AFCEA) International and currently affiliated with the Alamo AFCEA Chapter, San Antonio, Texas. Ken is a member of the Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI) where he lends his expertise advancing Cyber Leadership Education research. Ken also serves as a mentor with the National College Student Mentoring Program, and the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot Program.
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