Eric O'Neill

  • Cyber-Security Expert, Inspiration for film "Breach"

Eric O’Neill is an attorney, security consultant and professional public speaker.  In 2001, Eric 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.

Eric 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, Eric worked directly undercover with the spy within the FBI’s Information Assurance Division –created to protect all classified FBI intelligence.

Currently, Eric runs The Georgetown Group, a premier investigative and security consultancy out of Washington, DC.  Eric is also the National Security Strategist for Carbon Black, the leader in next generation endpoint protection. 

A talented motivational speaker who weaves real life experiences into a presentation that is both entertaining and rewarding, Eric O’Neill provides practical insights into real work situations relevant to many industries.

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Cyber Security, Keynote, Motivation, Motivational Keynote

  • Travels From:

    District of Columbia

  • Price:

    $20,000 - $30,000

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Eric O'Neill - 2014 New Horizons Lecture

Eric O'Neill Johnny Rockets Keynote

Eric O'Neill - My Bond Moment

Eric O’Neill is an attorney, security consultant and professional public speaker.  In 2001, Eric 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.

Eric 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, Eric worked directly undercover with the spy within the FBI’s Information Assurance Division –created to protect all classified FBI intelligence.

Currently, Eric runs The Georgetown Group, a premier investigative and security consultancy out of Washington, DC.  Eric is also the National Security Strategist for Carbon Black, the leader in next generation endpoint protection. 

A talented motivational speaker who weaves real life experiences into a presentation that is both entertaining and rewarding, Eric O’Neill provides practical insights into real work situations relevant to many industries.

An Insider’s Look into the Robert Hanssen Investigation: How the FBI Caught the Worst Spy in American History

Motivational/security/cyber security: Learn intricate details of the investigation that caught the most damaging spy in United States History. Robert Hanssen spied for the Soviet Union and Russia for over 22 years.  The FBI had a very narrow window of just a few months to catch him.  This is the story of how we succeeded in one of the most impressive undercover operations ever orchestrated by the FBI. 

A Spy Story: Setting Goals & Achieving Them through Courage, Confidence & Determination

Motivational/Leadership: My story of acting to take control of any situation and excel, not just succeed, takes place in the center of the FBI’s most important espionage investigation.  Imagine being locked in a room for eight hours a day with the most ruthless and damaging spy in United States history.  Imagine feeling unqualified and outgunned, knowing that the country depends on you to succeed despite the fact that no one has provided the means to do so.  My story is not just an edge of your seat spy thriller.  It is a story about discovering tools for success inside oneself by setting small goals that lead to big accomplishments until finally, through courage, confidence and determination, victory is achieved. 

The Human Element: The Weakest Link In Every Security System Is Not A Computer.

Trusted Insider: Security professionals must not only look outward when securing a system, they must become spy hunters, looking for internal exploits and penetrations that may not be easy to detect. Includes an analysis of Edward Snowden and other recent internal penetrations. 

Corporate Security: The Top Ten Things You Should Be Doing To Secure Your Company

Blended Topic: This personal list was compiled over decades of work as an undercover operative in the FBI and security consultant.  The keynote is a hot topic format of issues that are most critical to protecting information, set in a narrative of true stories that inform with actionable learning while they entertain.  Issues looked at include: Creating a Culture of security; The Need for Diligence; Malware and Mobile technology; Phising and Email hacks; Social Media Do's and Dont's; Dumpster Diving; Recruitment; Elicitation and Pretexting; Economic Espionage; and Preventing The Insider Threat.      

How The World Will End: Cyber Security In A Shrinking World 

Cyber Security: The global phenomenon of information sharing has created extraordinary innovation in communication, but has also become a gold mine for cyber criminals.  This topic explores the current cyber threats facing industry, government and private individuals, from threats to national infrastructure, to corporate espionage and cyber terrorism, to identity theft and online fraud.  

The Age Of Diligence: A Little Forethought Can Save You From A Catastrophe (Security) 

Surviving the Age of Social Media: What You Need To Know To Protect Yourself From Social Media Spies And Fraudsters (Social Media) 

Personal Security In the Matrix: The Top Ten Things You Can Do To Protect Yourself From Scammers, Fraudsters And Hackers (Cyber Security) 

Counter Fraud Tactics: Ten Things You Can Do To Protect Yourself From Fraud (Fraud)

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Program Committee Chair, ISACA Virginia

“Eric is a consummate professional, with a relaxed demeanor, he was the absolute hit of our event! We had a record attendance at our meeting, and due to his great presentation we have new exposure for our ISACA chapter!”

Audit Director, Henrico County Virginia

“Mr. O’Neill’s presentation was very engaging. He was able to translate his experiences into a thought-provoking presentation on risk management covering the investigation methods used and professional/life lessons learned with insight and humor.”

Chief Operating Officer of Assura, Inc.

?"The un-Hollywood look into catching one of the most notorious spies in US history told with brutal honesty and humor."

CSO Magazine

“Eric O’Neill is an enthralling speaker who brings to life the realities of espionage and what it means to the average business. He painted a picture that was both enticing and terrifying based upon his experience at the FBI.”
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