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John Sileo        

Cybersecurity Expert & Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker; CEO & President of The Sileo Group

John Sileo lost his multi-million-dollar startup, his wealth, and two years of his life to cybercrime. It began when a hacker electronically embezzled from the company’s clients using Sileo’s identity. Sileo was initially held legally and financially responsible for the felonies. The losses not only destroyed his company and decimated his finances, but they also consumed two years of young fatherhood as he fought to stay out of jail.

However, Sileo’s story has a happy ending and has become a worldwide catalyst for change. Since being found innocent of all crimes (and the real hacker put in jail), Sileo has made it his life’s work to share hard-earned wisdom as a cybersecurity expert, award-winning author, 60 Minutes guest, and keynote speaker. His happy clients range from the Pentagon to Amazon, from small associations to enterprise organizations. His mission is to keep others from becoming the next disastrous data breach headline. Sileo specializes in the human elements of cybersecurity and uses disarming humor, audience interaction, and cutting-edge research to keep his training relevant and entertaining.

Sileo is President & CEO of The Sileo Group, a Colorado-based technology think tank and serves on a variety of boards. He graduated with honors from Harvard University and was recently inducted into the National Speakers Hall of Fame.

Speech Topics

Savvy Cybersecurity in a World of Weaponized A.I.


Hackers don’t just adapt to change; they bank on it. Has your mindset evolved? The rapid expansion of remote workforces, ransomware gangs, cloud jacking, IoT hacking, supply chain attacks, social engineering and disinformation campaigns have altered the way we must defend our data, reputation, and profits. A faulty adage asserts that humans are your weakest link when, in reality, they can be your greatest defensive asset. Cybersecurity doesn’t grow from shinier tools, but from the powerful intersection between human beings and technology. In this keynote presentation, John will leverage potent lessons learned from losing everything to cybercrime to help you build a Blockbuster Framework for analyzing, organizing, and communicating a powerful cyber defense strategy.

Cyber Threats, Trends & Leadership Mid/Post-Pandemic

The rules of cybercrime have changed. Much of the workforce has gone remote, making old notions of “perimeter security” outdated. Cybercriminals are leveraging panic and crisis to fuel and fund social engineering schemes, ransomware attacks and core-systems hacking. Cloud computing, virtual meetings and Zoomhacking now play an increasingly critical role in our daily workspace. Now, more than ever, we need to keep our eye on threats and trends beyond the current crisis. In this virtual presentation, John shares the latest vulnerabilities and solutions affecting cyberspace as we adjust personally and professionally to our new environment.

How are You VIRTUALLY Engaging Your People in the new Cyber Reality?

Cybercriminals, Identity thieves, and scammers love to exploit a crisis. While our attention is focused elsewhere (e.g., COVID-19 and the economy), hackers take advantage of the new software we are using (Zoom), highly-profitable scams (fake stimulus payment sites) and our general sense of panic and confusion. Taking smart steps to protect your identity, devices, online accounts and the wealth they connect to is more critical than ever. In this webinar, cybersecurity author and expert John Sileo, you will leave with concrete tools to protect what is rightfully yours, now and long after the crisis recedes.

Your Financial Practice as Hero: Client Cyber Appreciation Events

No one is in a better position to educate financial customers about protecting their identity and net worth than you are. This speech is aimed at Financial Providers looking to: Create massive goodwill with customers by eliminating their risk of ID theft; Host a financial wellness seminar to reward customer loyalty & drive prospects; Utilize current events and hot topics to encourage client clicks and behavior change; Add value by minimizing your customer’s financial risk footprint.

A feel-good, highly-educational speech for the customers of financial providers interested in delivering value-added services to complement their current offerings.

The Art of Human Hacking: Social Engineering Self Defense

Fraud training works best when it happens in person. Give your people a chance to experience social engineering in person so that they recognize the real thing. This speech incorporates live-training and is aimed at Organizations looking to: Educate their entire staff on anti-social-engineering tactics; Understand manipulation tools like cortisol flushing and coat tailing; Build a reflex-response habit to detect and deter social engineering; Provide a Deep Dive “Part II” to any of John’s other presentations.

An in-the-audience, live-interaction speech for any organization looking to eliminate their #1 source of data theft and make their people their greatest defense asset.

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C-Level Cyber Security: Strategic Security Awareness Training for Leaders

How are you supposed to cope with wide range of cyber threats when you have little to no technical background? This speech answers that question and is aimed at Executives, Managers and Teams looking to: Move beyond security awareness into concrete action steps; Train on the critical human elements of protecting data; Gain non-technical, high-level working knowledge of cyber strategies; Provide an entertaining main-stage presentation for C-Level execs on down.

A leadership-oriented speech for executive conferences, board retreats, internal training and conference opening or closing sessions.

Think Like a Spy: Aggressive Identity Theft Protection

Every move you make in the digital world can be tracked, hacked, recorded and exploited. In the digital economy, your data literally defines you. This speech will arm you with defense tools and is aimed at Individuals & Employees looking to: Protect themselves and their organizations; Defend their credit profile, banking, investments and net worth; Implement stricter online privacy and security settings; Protect mobile devices, IoT, wearables, Wi-Fi and computers.

A highly-engaging keynote that weaves John’s devastating story of identity theft into a roadmap of actionable next steps.

The Hacker's Blacklist: Cyber Security Threats, Trends & Countermeasures

Cybersecurity isn’t just about spending more money on shinier technology – it’s about solving the human element first. This speech shows you how, and is aimed at Organizations looking to: Implement industry-specific solutions to critical data protection; Infuse energy and life into their culture of security; Foster ownership by bridging personal/workplace protection; Provide a main-stage session as entertaining as it is informative.

A highly-entertaining presentation that weaves John’s story of losing his business to cybercrime into a roadmap of actionable next steps.

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John Sileo to Keynote the Atlantic Security Conference (AtlSecCon) 2016. Wednesday, January 27, 2016. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada – January 27, 2016  ...
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NEW PALTZ, N.Y., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Social Media Privacy Expert John Sileo Headlines Tri-State Business Affairs Conference.

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