Cisco Threat Research, Analysis, and Communications (TRAC)
In 2001, Levi Gundert was working as a help desk technician in New York City. On September 11 of that year, from his 16th-story window he watched the second tower fall following the terrorist attacks that targeted the World Trade Center. The events of 9/11 compelled Gundert to pursue a career in federal law enforcement. He returned to his native California and set in motion a path that would, by the end of 2004, have him trained and working for the U.S. Secret Service as a special agent in the Los Angeles Electronic Crimes Task Force (ECTF).
Over the past decade, Gundert has become an internationally recognized information security and risk management leader and trusted cybersecurity advisor to leading corporations. As a member of Cisco TRAC, he works with both the Analysis and Outreach teams to identify and analyze threats, share cybersecurity information to industry, government, and the public, and help to continually improve Cisco security technology. Gundert is also a thought leader in the practical application of big data analytics in threat intelligence programs, and is particularly focused on developing solutions to help Cisco manage, query, and analyze massive volumes of real-time threat data more quickly and efficiently.
Gundert always had a deep interest in technology and security, and was able to explore both areas in depth in his role as a special agent for the Los Angeles ECTF. Before joining the U.S. Secret Service, Gundert worked as a senior network administrator for a West Coast-based financial institution and prior to that, was a systems administrator for a global consulting firm. He applied his knowledge from these technology roles in many cybercrime investigations that resulted in global arrests and prosecutions.
As a special agent, Gundert developed new methodologies for proactively analyzing threat intelligence and producing actionable leads. Additionally, he helped gather criminal intelligence by covertly engaging hackers and fraudsters in the “Underground Economy.” Gundert’s international assignments included embedding with the United Kingdom’s Serious Organized Crime Agency, and supplying City of London police with a complete case file that led to the arrest of a U.K.-based hacker. Additionally, Gundert performed worldwide presidential and diplomatic protection as assigned by the U.S. Secret Service.
Gundert left government service in 2007 so he could devote his time solely to electronic crime, cybercrime, and fraud research. He joined Team Cymru, a specialized Internet security research firm and nonprofit organization. Gundert led Team Cymru’s Threat Intelligence Group, an international team responsible for proactive threat monitoring, research, and analysis in support of both government and enterprise clients. During his six years at the nonprofit, Gundert supervised and contributed to more than 100 extensive intelligence and analysis reports, including superior malware and network forensics on over 30 federal law enforcement investigations.
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In 2012, while working at Team Cymru, Gundert was recruited by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA) to develop and deliver a comprehensive law enforcement program on identify theft, fraud, and cybercrime. The course was presented to more than 600 federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.
Gundert’s industry certifications include Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker, Systems Security Certified Practitioner, and CIW Security Professional. Among the many organizations that have engaged Gundert as a guest lecturer are INTERPOL, Kaspersky, the Australian Federal Police, and the U.S. Department of Justice.
A San Diego native and resident, Gundert is a longtime devotee of beach volleyball.