Eric O'Neill

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Cyber-Security Expert, Inspiration for film Breach

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Eric O’Neill
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  •  The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) just revealed that cyberattack reports have quadrupled during the pandemic and that foreign spies are targeting COVID-19 research and the healthcare sector.
  • The US Department of Homeland Security and United Kingdom National Cyber Security Centre recently warned that cyber criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to broadly target small, medium and large businesses and individuals.
  • The World Health Organization has reportedly seen attempted cyberattacks double since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, and a vaccine-testing facility has also been targeted with ransomware.
  • In April, Iran launched a cyber-attack against Israel’s industrial controls systems and sought to disrupt water and sewage facilities. Iran used American servers to stage the attack.
  • In May, a cybercriminal group posted more than 73 million user records from ten different companies on the dark web for auction.
  • Scams by criminal gray-marketers for personal protective equipment have skyrocketed as healthcare professionals face shortages of critical supplies.
  • Criminals, terrorists and spies thrive during a crisis.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a perfect storm for cyberattacks. Millions of people are working from home, are distance learning and are engaging friends, family, clients and colleagues over unfamiliar and often unsecure platforms. Everyone is eager for information about the virus that has radically changed our
lives. Criminals and spies have exploited the chaos surrounding the pandemic to steal our data, hijack our meetings, compromise our accounts, steal our finances and commit unprecedented levels of fraud. As the world has moved fully online, spies have sharpened their daggers and are feasting on the chaos.

Imagine if the FBI locked you 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 the country depends on you to succeed despite the fact no one has provided the means to do so. Robert Hanssen was a notorious cyber spy 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. In this edge-of-the-seat spy thriller talk, Eric O’Neill shares intricate details of the investigation and shows how you can find success inside yourself by setting small goals that lead to big accomplishments until finally, through courage, confidence, and determination, victory is achieved.

Experts predict that the cyber theft of private and confidential information from government agencies, businesses, and private individuals will reach $6 trillion annually by 2021. The modern spy is responsible for these sophisticated, brilliant, devious, and technologically advanced attacks targeting your data.

Ransomware is not only the most damaging and costly cybercrime, it is a go-to tool for spies, terrorists, and attackers. Over the last three years, ransomware attacks increased 2,500 percent and security experts predict that this economic boom industry will cost $11.5 million by 2019.

In the information age, your company’s most precious asset is 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 you protect your information.

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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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