Peter   Warmka

Peter Warmka

Former CIA Spy, Professional Human Hacker and Social Engineer

In-Person Fee Range:
$7,501 - $10,000
Virtual Fee Range:
Up To $5000
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Peter Warmka

Former CIA Spy, Professional Human Hacker and Social Engineer

In-Person Fee Range:
$7,501 - $10,000
Virtual Fee Range:
Up To $5000
Traveling from:

Why Book

  • Peter is a retired senior intelligence officer with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) where he specialized in clandestine HUMINT (human intelligence) collection.
  • Peter Warmka is the author of the bestselling, nonfiction book titled Confessions of a CIA Spy: The Art of Human Hacking, he also co-hosts Protect Now’s podcast named The Security Guy and CIA Spy alongside Robert Siciliano. With 20+ years of breaching security overseas for a living, Warmka is now dedicated to educating businesses and individuals about human hacking through online courses, speaker events or at client sites.


Peter Warmka is a former Senior Intelligence Officer with the CIA having over 20 years of experience in breaching the security of target organizations overseas in pursuit of foreign intelligence requirements. His area of expertise, known as human hacking or social engineering, focused on the identification, assessment, and manipulation of key insiders to facilitate the breach. Such targets included the inner circles of senior government leaders, research institutions, terrorist groups, organized criminal groups, and entities involved in proliferation. In addition to his own targeting initiatives, Peter served as a senior manager of complex operational platforms where he mentored junior intelligence officers on their operations.  

Following his retirement from public service, Peter became obsessed with the growing incidents of data breaches and the fact that over 90 percent of them are initiated through some form of human hacking. Leveraging his area of expertise, he decided to get back into the fight by founding the Orlando-based firm Counterintelligence Institute. Today, his passion and mission are assisting city, state, and federal government entities, non-profits, academic institutions, private companies, and individuals in safeguarding their sensitive proprietary and personal data. At the core of Peter’s approach to cybersecurity risk management is focusing on how to prevent external threat actors from manipulating employees into becoming insider threats.  

Peter’s security awareness training programs prioritize proactive measures that organizations can implement to avoid falling victim to data breaches. However, as a licensed investigator specializing in cybercrime, Peter also assists clients who have fallen victim to financial fraud and extorsion.  

 Peter is a frequent speaker having delivered keynote presentations to a variety of audiences as well as two TEDx talks. In addition to co-hosting The Security Guy and the CIA Spy, Peter has been a guest on numerous podcasts including RANE Insights, Cyberwire Human Hacking, Paul’s Security Weekly, Truth Lies and Coverups, and The Action Catalyst.

 He has contributed to, and authored, numerous publications in English and Spanish on social engineering and the manipulation of insiders. His best-selling non-fiction book, Confessions of a CIA Spy – The Art of Human Hacking, was featured on Fox32. It is sought after by individuals, as well as by corporations providing it as a training resource for their personnel.

 Peter previously served as an Adjunct Professor at Webster University’s Masters in Cybersecurity Program. He expanded the course curriculum to include the growing threat of human hacking and established a social engineering “capture the flag” practical exercise. He assigned each student a U.S. corporate entity as their target. The purpose of the exercise was to collect as many flags as possible and develop a proposal for breaching the target entity’s security.  Students then provided a class briefing sharing their methodology, findings and lessons learned. Many students cited this course as among the best they have taken at the graduate level.

Peter also has over 10 years of experience as a curriculum designer and specialized tradecraft instructor for various special forces units of the Department of Defense. He finds mentoring those who risk their lives in service to their country as an honor and privilege.

 Peter received a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a master’s degree in International Business Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management. Mr. Warmka is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and Certified Instructor at CIA University (CIAU).

 He and his wife live in Orlando. They have three children and five grandchildren. Peter loves archeology, exploration, and adventure. He has traveled to over 56 countries and speaks four languages.

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Social Engineering

I take the audience through the stages of a social engineering attack starting with information collection on the organization as well as people who work there. I then demonstrate how this information is utilized across 4 different social engineering attack vectors to effectively manipulate targets thereby circumventing technological controls and leading to security breaches.

"Confessions of a CIA Spy - The Art of Human Hacking"

Most successful data breaches are initiated by human hacking. Threat actors carefully select, assess, and manipulate key employees within a target organization who in turn become the “insider threat.” Advanced social engineering techniques are employed to effectively circumvent the policies, procedures and technological controls put in place to safeguard proprietary information, client data and sensitive personnel records.

For over 20 years of his career with the Central Intelligence Agency, Peter developed expertise in the identification, assessment, and manipulation of insiders to breach the security of target organizations in pursuit of high value foreign intelligence. He now shares his insight to help protect organizations and employees against external threats.

"C-Suite: Insights into Cyber Security Risk Management"


he prospect of their organization suffering a devastating data breach is becoming a growing concern among C-Suite executives worldwide. Such breaches are conducted by a variety of threat actors who design and execute increasingly more sophisticated attacks to steal information (proprietary, client data, customer records) or to conduct financial extorsion in the form of ransomware or business email compromise (BEC). Such attacks can lead to a significant loss in operations and even force the enterprise out of business. C-Suite executives can no longer view security, whether physical or cyber, as a cost accounting item, but rather, an investment in people, processes and technologies.

In this session, Peter will leverage his expertise as a former intelligence officer, to help attendees understand the mindset of threat actors and the methodologies they use to turn employees into insider threats. He will then provide tips on how the C-Suite can lead and foster a successful trans

Peter Warmka Reviews

“He remains on our list of coveted repeat speakers.

— CFE Program Manager of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)

I’d recommend him to any format of conference.

— Vice President of the Florida Association of Governmental Fleet Administrators (FLAGFA)

“I’ve had the pleasure working with Peter for multiple events in the cybersecurity space. He’s a fantastic presenter, providing his experience and knowledge to an audience of veteran practitioners and he held rapt attention from the audience. Peter has been super easy and flexible to work with. I look forward to working with him in the future.”

— Director, Event Content & Strategy CyberRisk Alliance

“Peter was selected to be a keynote speaker at ASIS Middle East 2022 Security Conference & Expo held in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, after attending his presentation at GSX 2022. He delivered a well-designed and impactful speech about deep fakes which was a new topic for conference attendees. His extensive knowledge of the topic as well as understanding of the Saudi culture made his keynote unique and well-received by the audience.”

— Speaker Affairs Head ASIS Middle East Conference

“Peter gave a frightening yet enlightening keynote presentation drawn from his experiences as a “human hacker” for the CIA. The participants were fascinated by his tales of real-life social engineering attacks and methods for safeguarding against them. A must-see for anyone regardless of position or industry!”

— President & CEO, FIBA

“The increasing trend of devastating data breaches caused by insider threats is becoming a hot issue among today’s C-Suite executives. Leveraging his extensive experience in human hacking operations, Peter delivered a captivating and very insightful presentation on this topic to our YPO group of business leaders. It was very thought-provoking and proposed alternative best practices to a problem which traditionally is siloed into limited technological solutions. More corporate leaders need to hear his message.”

— CEO Patriot Defense Group, LLC.


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