How I Got Here: Hector Peralta Continues Serving the Country Through Cybersecurity

Hector Peralta got his start in tech via the military. The US Army helped him leave his hometown of Brooklyn, New York and find opportunity in a world with very slim margins of error.

Back in 1997, Peralta joined the 800th Military Police Brigade as an IT noncommissioned officer (NCO).  He was assigned into an imagery intelligence specialty, where his knack for tech brought him to cybersecurity. He rose through the ranks over 17 years as a NCO before becoming a cyber warfare sergeant with the Department of Defense‘s (DOD) Cyber Crime Center.

“One of the earliest lessons I learned was [to] always volunteer for all classes, because you’re not going to wear green for the rest of your life,” Peralta told