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Eric O'Neill      

Cyber-Security Expert & Former FBI Counter-Terrorism and Counterintelligence Operative; Inspiration for the Film "Breach"

Eric O'Neill is an accomplished public speaker, security expert, and author who presents keynotes internationally about espionage and national security, cybersecurity, fraud, corporate diligence and defense, hacking, pursuing one's dreams, and surviving Hollywood.

O'Neill has worked as an FBI counterterrorism and counterintelligence operative, a national security attorney, and as a corporate security consultant. He founded The Georgetown Group, a premier investigative and security services firm. O'Neill is also the National Security Strategist for Carbon Black, the leader in next-generation security.

In February 2001, O'Neill helped capture the most notorious spy in United States history, Robert Phillip Hanssen. In the three months preceding Hanssen’s arrest, O'Neill was selected to work with the spy within the newly minted information assurance division, created to protect all classified FBI intelligence. O'Neill was charged with gaining Hanssen’s trust and then using that relationship to draw the traitor out of deep cover slowly. O'Neill’s investigative skill led to the arrest and ultimate conviction of the master spy.

O'Neill is an honors graduate of Auburn University. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from The George Washington University Law School, also with honors. O'Neill is available as a public speaker and as a consultant for film and television projects.

Speech Topics


Cloud Security in the Age of Cyber-Espionage

Come hear a spy hunter’s perspective on what your company can do to protect itself in a time when innovation is providing a feeding frenzy for cyberspies:

  • Learn how as we innovate digitally, we open the doors to equally inventive cyber attacks that continually disrupt the security industry.
  • Discover why thinking like a spy hunter can allow companies to predict attacks before they cause the most damage.
  • Learn why security must be baked into the cloud using an entirely new approach to defeat ever evolving, sophisticated attacks
  • Hear thrilling spy stories and examples from a former undercover operative that helped catch America’s first cyberspy.

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