Technology Futurist, National Security Strategist at VMWare Carbon Black, Bestselling Author, Former FBI Operative & Inspiration for the Film Breach
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, and his bestselling novel Gray Day. 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
Good cyber practices are not only critical for your data safety but will soon be a requirement for organizations as the SEC recently proposed new rules relating to public companies’ cybersecurity and incident reporting practices. By 2026, experts predict cyber theft of information from government agencies, businesses, and private individuals will reach $12 trillion. Ransomware attacks are not only the most damaging and costly cybercrime for businesses, they are also the go-to tool for spies, terrorists, and attackers. And these attacks are only becoming more common as employees work from home and international tensions rise. When your organization’s most precious asset is its data, how can you keep it secure? In this lively and informative talk, cyber-security expert, author, and spy hunter Eric O’Neill uses true stories informed by decades of work as an undercover operative in the FBI and security consultant to help your business protect its information.
Imagine if your job was to capture the most ruthless and damaging spy in United States history. Imagine feeling unqualified with limited resources and time to complete your task. Many leaders, teams, and organizations sometimes encounter daunting challenges with limited experience and time to succeed. In this edge-of-the-seat thriller talk, Eric O’Neill shares how, as an inexperienced FBI agent, he helped capture the notorious cyber spy Robert Hanssen. Using details from the true story, Eric shares how organizations can set themselves up for success by setting small goals and working as a team to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks.
Every person will one day face a challenge that will seem impossible to overcome. For Eric O’Neill, as a young FBI operative, his impossible challenge was being tasked with helping take down Robert Hanssen, the most notorious cyber spy in American history. With very little experience (but with a good team supporting him), Eric learned how to outsmart a spy who had outsmarted US intelligence for 22 years. In this inspirational talk, Eric shares how you can find success even when faced with a daunting task. He shares with audiences how to use small moments, goals, faith, and resiliency to overcome challenging moments.
While technology may keep advancing, the challenges remain the same. How can you keep your privacy and data secure when every device is becoming more interconnected? From virtual assistants to the metaverse to wearable devices we’re immersed. The new technology surrounds us, listens to us, and stores data on our preferences. Moreover, the Dark Web is growing into the third-largest economy on Earth, where your data and privacy are for sale to the highest bidder. In this eye-opening talk, former FBI spy hunter and cybersecurity expert Eric O’Neill explores the latest technologies and what you and your business can do to keep your data private and safe.
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"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."
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