Former FBI Counterterrorism & Counterintelligence Operative, & Inspiration for the Film Breach
In 2001, Eric O'Neill helped capture the most notorious spy in United States history: Robert Hanssen, a 25-year veteran of the FBI. The remarkable true events of his life are the inspiration behind the critically acclaimed dramatic thriller Breach, starring Ryan Philippe as O'Neill. The film set inside the FBI - the gatekeeper of the nation's most sensitive and potentially volatile secrets - is the story of the greatest security breach in US history. Read More >
Cybersecurity in the Age of Espionage
Why Backgrounds Matter
On Fox News
Johnny Rockets Internal Conference
At Auburn University
The Internet is not a safe environment. It is a frontier. Recent years have seen a massive increase in cyber theft of private and confidential information from government agencies, business and private individuals. The modern spy is responsible for these attacks. Today s spies are sophisticated, brilliant, devious and technologically advanced, and they are targeting your data. Robert Hanssen was the first of these new cyber spies, charged with selling American secrets to Russia for more than US$1.4 million in cash and diamonds. His ability to exploit computer systems allowed him to protect his identity during a 22-year spy career. Join Eric as he uses real-life spy stories to show how careful diligence, counter-espionage techniques, and restraint in social media can help identify the numerous spies, hackers, hacktivists and trusted insiders that threaten every stroke of the keyboard.
Imagine being locked in a room for eight hours a day with the most ruthless and damaging spy in United States history. Imagine feeling unqualified and outgunned, knowing that the country depends on you to succeed despite the fact that no one has provided the means to do so. This is Eric O’Neill’s story of acting to take control and how he not only excelled, but succeeded in the center of the FBI’s most important espionage investigation. This is not just an edge of your seat spy thriller, but about discovering tools for success inside oneself by setting small goals that lead to big accomplishments until finally, through courage, confidence and determination, victory is achieved.
Companies and individuals need to think like spy hunters in order to protect themselves from fraudsters, hackers, cyber criminals, spies, identity thieves and an assortment of other bad actors. Eric O’Neill’s keynote will explore a number of steps corporations and individuals can take to secure critical information, including counter espionage techniques, addressing the trusted insider problem, surviving social media, the importance of diligence and themed for a robust cyber security strategy. Throughout the Top Ten Things, he will weave stories from his experience as a security advisor, attorney and FBI operative to provide entertaining case examples.
"Eric O’Neill is an enthralling speaker who brings to life the realities of espionage and what it means to the average business. He painted a picture that was both enticing and terrifying based upon his experience at the FBI."
"Eric is a consummate professional with a relaxed demeanor. He was the absolute hit of our event! We had a record attendance at our meeting and, due to his great presentation, we have new exposure for our ISACA chapter!"
"The un-Hollywood look into catching one of the most notorious spies in US history told with brutal honesty and humor".
"Eric was an amazing speaker! He was warm, personable, knowledgeable, and generous with details about this exciting and heroic story. He was a huge hit with our attendees!"
"Eric was the hit of the show! Our guests were all blown away by what he had to say, and our team was impressed by his professionalism and charm. I can honestly tell you that he was the best speaker we had at this year’s Conference."