Top National and Cybersecurity Keynote Speakers

To say that cybersecurity and national security have been a hot topic of discussion in the past few months would be an understatement. With technology playing an increasingly large role in the way we do business, and the way we go about our daily lives, it should be no surprise that the necessity for cyber and national security will also increase.

Business and governmental organizations are also increasingly requesting the help of cybersecurity keynote speakers to develop strategies to protect their valuable information.

From hackers to FBI agents to the Former Deputy Assistant to the President, this list of the top seven security keynote speakers represents a diverse group of experts that provide valuable cyber and national security insights. We ask, who could teach you about cybersecurity better than the hackers themselves?

Top 7 National and Cybersecurity Keynote Speakers

  1. Kevin Mitnick
  2. Adam Levin
  3. Eric O’Neill
  4. Keren Elazari
  5. Juan Zarate
  6. Michael Nelson
  7. Herbert (Hugh) Thompson

“The World’s Most Famous Hacker”

Kevin Mitnick

Dubbed the “World’s Most Famous Hacker,” Kevin once made the FBI’s Most Wanted list for hacking into 40 major corporations—just to prove he could. Today, he uses his extraordinary talents to assist Fortune 500 companies and government agencies around the world as a security consultant. Kevin and the Global Ghost Team use their hacking powers to address cybersecurity issues and show businesses how to protect themselves. Kevin has authored many books, including the New York Times bestseller Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker. His newest book, The Art of Invisibility: The World’s Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data, was released last month.

Identity Management and Credit Security Expert

Adam Levin

A former Director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, Adam Levin is also the Chairman and founder of CyberScout (formerly IDT911) and the co-founder of Credit.com. Levin’s mission is to educate consumers, businesses, and lawmakers about identity management, privacy, credit, and security issues. He is the security and credit expert for ABCNews.com, and the author of the Amazon Bestseller Swiped: How to Protect Yourself in a World Full of Scammers, Phishers, and Identity Thieves.

Cyber Security and Economic Espionage Expert

Eric O’Neill

Eric is credited with using his cybersecurity expertise to capture the most notorious spy in U.S. history, which later inspired the film “Breach.” With a background in the F.B.I., Eric now leads The Georgetown Group, an investigative and security agency, where he tackles issues of economic espionage, counterintelligence, and cyber security penetrations. As a top cybersecurity keynote speaker, Eric weaves his expert knowledge with his inspiring, heroic story to deliver practical security insights for businesses everywhere.

Cyber Security Expert and Security Industry Analyst

Keren Elazari

Keren Elazari, a former hacker turned cybersecurity expert, is an internationally celebrated cybersecurity keynote speaker. Her 2014 TED talk, viewed by millions, helped shape the conversation about hackers and their important role in society. She brings years of experience in the international cybersecurity industry to the stage. Since 2000, Keren has worked with leading Israeli security firms, government organizations, Global Big 4 and Fortune 500 companies. Keren also covers emerging security technologies as a security industry analyst with GIGAOM research, the leading independent media voice on all matters technology.

National and Infrastructure Security Expert

Juan Zarate

Juan is a leader in cyber and national security as a Senior Advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Senior National Security Consultant and Analyst for CBS News. Zarate also served as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism under the George W. Bush administration. As a top security expert, Juan frequently speaks to businesses around the world to assist with infrastructure security.

Information Technology and Policy Expert

Michael Nelson

For almost 25 years, Michael Nelson has been shaping the evolution of the Internet and helping businesses and governments realize its full potential. Nelson was Special Assistant for Information Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology where he worked with Vice President Al Gore on telecommunications policy, information technology, encryption and online privacy, electronic commerce, and information policy. Michael was also the Director of Technology Policy at the Federal Communications Commission. There, he helped craft policies to foster electronic commerce, spur development and deployment of new technologies, and improve the reliability and security of the nation’s telecommunications networks.

Internet Security Expert

Herbert (Hugh) Thompson

Thompson has more than a decade of experience creating methodologies that help organizations build more secure systems. He has co-authored three books on the topic and is an adjunct professor in the Computer Science Department at Columbia University. Hugh is perhaps best known for his role in exposing electronic voting machine vulnerabilities as part of the HBO Documentary Hacking Democracy. Thompson also takes a unique human-centric approach to cybersecurity—asking us to consider how generic cyber security actually is and the factors that make certain people more vulnerable to cyber attacks than others. As a cybersecurity keynote speaker, Hugh has delivered a keynote presentation at every RSA Conference (US) since 2007.

With this arsenal of expert cybersecurity keynote speakers at your disposal, you can be well on your way to securing your organization on all fronts. And remember, the best defense against a cyber attack is being proactive about security.


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