Bret Padres

Group VP, Unit 42 Security Consulting, Palo Alto Networks

Bret has more than 25 years of experience in information security, digital forensics, law enforcement, electronic discovery, and counterintelligence. He has worked on some of history’s most notorious retail and state-sponsored data breaches. As a Special Agent in the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, he was the lead agent on numerous national and international computer intrusion investigations.

He has also served as Chief of Research and Development in the Computer Crimes Unit for the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General, where he conducted investigations and implemented new computer crime analysis and prevention technologies. In the private sector, Bret was most recently a managing director at Stroz Friedberg, a leading global risk management firm, where he ran its cyber resilience practice.

Bret was also the Director of Incident Response for Mandiant, where he responded to and resolved high-risk intrusions for government agencies and Fortune 500 companies, and he served as the Director of Cyber Operations at Athena Innovative Solutions, where he ran network surveillance and intrusion detection counterintelligence operations for the company’s U.S. government clients.