Presenter: Eric O’Neill, National Security Strategist – The Georgetown Group
Recent years have seen a massive increase in cyber theft of private and confidential information from government agencies, business and private individuals. The modern spy is responsible for these attacks. Today’s spies are sophisticated, brilliant, devious and technologically advanced, and they are targeting your data. Robert Hanssen was the first of these new cyber spies, 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. Join Eric O'Neill as he uses real-life spy stories to show how careful diligence, counter espionage techniques and top-notch training can help identify the numerous spies, hackers, hacktivists and trusted insiders that threaten every stroke of the keyboard.
In February 2001, Eric O’Neill helped capture the most notorious spy in United States history, Robert Phillip Hanssen. In the three months preceding Hanssen’s arrest, Eric was selected to work with the spy within the newly minted information assurance division, created to protect all classified FBI intelligence. Eric was charged with gaining Hanssen’s trust and then using that relationship to slowly draw the traitor out of deep cover. Eric’s investigative skill led to the arrest and ultimate conviction of the master spy.
About Eric O’Neill
Eric’s experience catching Robert Hanssen was the subject of the 2007 blockbuster film “Breach”, in which Eric was portrayed by actor Ryan Phillippe.
Eric 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. Eric is also the National Security Strategist for Carbon Black, the leader in next generation endpoint security.