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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 a former FBI counter-terrorism and counterintelligence operative, attorney, security consultant and professional public speaker.

In 2001, 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. The film is the story of the greatest security breach in US history.

O’Neill began his career in the FBI as a “Ghost” – an undercover field operative tasked to surveil and monitor foreign, national, and domestic terrorists and spies. During the Hanssen investigation, O’Neill worked directly undercover with the spy within the FBI’s Information Assurance Division – created to protect all classified FBI intelligence.

Currently, O'Neill runs The Georgetown Group, an investigative and security consultancy, where he specializes in counterintelligence operations, economic espionage investigations, cyber security, internal investigations, security risk assessment and diligence analysis out of Washington, DC.

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Cloud Security in the Age of Cyber-Espionage

TOPIC: 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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