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Eric O'Neill

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Cybersecurity Keynote Speaker, Technology Futurist, National Security Strategist at VMWare Carbon Black, Bestselling Author, Former FBI Operative, and Inspiration for the Film Breach

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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 was a wonderful addition to our Company-wide Conference and, for many of our attendees, his presentation was the highlight. He was engaging, animated, charming and able to extract important and relevant business lessons from his experience with the FBI. I appreciated his candor, the tailoring of his message to our theme and the time he took to spend with our team. I’d recommend him as a speaker at any corporate event.”

— Johnny Rockets

Mr. ONeills presentation was very engaging. He was able to translate his experiences into a thought-provoking presentation on risk management covering the investigation methods used and professional/life lessons learned with insight and humor.

— Henrico County Virginia

“Now I’ve got to see the movie, Breach! Eric made an excellent presentation, keeping everyone on the edges of their seats!”

— Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries

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!

— ISACA Virginia
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