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Eric O'Neill

Security Expert

Eric O’Neill is a security consultant, author, attorney, and 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. 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. Eric runs The Georgetown Group, a premier investigative and security consultancy out of Washington, DC, and he is also the National Security Strategist for Carbon Black, the leader in next generation endpoint protection. Eric is also the author of Gray Day (publisher: Crown), the thrilling story of how Eric helped take down notorious FBI mole Robert Hanssen, the first Russian cyber spy. 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. Eric can be booked at

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