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Print Kevin Mitnick was once listed as one of the FBI's Most Wanted for hacking into the systems of forty major corporations as a challenge. Nowadays he uses his extraordinary IT skills to help Fortune 500 companies and national governments find the loopholes in their networks.

Kevin and his Global Ghost Team have never been defeated by any system into which they have been asked to hack, using technical skill and social engineering. As the leading global authority on social engineering, Kevin demonstrates both its theory and its practice to all levels of major corporations.

Kevin's expertise has been acknowledged at the highest level with invitations to speak to both Houses of Congress on national security matters. Among many other media appearances he has been featured on CNN, CNBC, Al Jazeera, FOX News, CBC, BBC, Radio Moscow, Tech TV, National Public Radio, Playboy, Good Morning America, and 60 Minutes.

Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker, Kevin's autobiography, became a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into fifteen different languages. Other books, which are regarded as compulsory reading for any IT security worker, include Art of Intrusion: The Real Story Behind the Exploits of Hackers, Intruders and Deceivers and Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security.

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The world’s most famous hacker.

There is no one like Kevin.

Once one of the FBI’s Most Wanted because he hacked into 40 major corporations just for the challenge, Kevin is now a trusted security consultant to the Fortune 500 and governments worldwide.

Kevin and The Global Ghost Team now maintain a 100-percent successful track record of being able to penetrate the security of any system they are paid to hack into using a combination of technical exploits and social engineering. As CEO and chief “white hat” hacker at one of the most advanced boutique security firms in the world, Kevin mentors leaders, executives, and staff on both the theory and practice of social engineering, topics on which he is the leading global authority. Kevin also helps consumers—from students to retirees—learn how to protect their information and themselves from harm, using understandable terms and a friendly approach.

Kevin’s insights on current events are highly sought, leading to hundreds of media appearances. He is the world’s top cybersecurity speaker, and has been a commentator, security analyst, or interview subject on CNN, CNBC, Al Jazeera, FOX News, CBC, BBC, Radio Moscow, Tech TV, National Public Radio, Playboy, Good Morning America, and 60 Minutes—to name just a few. He has been called before Congress (both the House and the Senate) to testify on security matters affecting the United States. Kevin also works in partnership with KnowBe4 to produce critically acclaimed security-awareness training programs to counteract social engineering and to improve security effectiveness.

Kevin’s books include Art of Intrusion: The Real Story Behind the Exploits of Hackers, Intruders and Deceivers and Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security, which are mandatory readings for security professionals. His autobiography, Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker, a New York Times best seller, is now available in fifteen languages. His publisher has announced his forthcoming book in 2015, Art of Invisibility: The World’s Most Famous Hacker Reveals the Secrets of Cloaking and Counter-measures in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data.


Kevin Mitnick Speaker Videos Back to top

Kevin Mitnick: The Word Document Exploit


“I want to show you how a hacker can steal your username and password by simply getting you to open up a Word document," Kevin Mitnick says, demonstrating just how vulnerable the most innocent seeming actions on the web can be. "Hackers are very innovative," he explains, "and just because Microsoft tries to obfuscate the password...we can actually crack the password."

Kevin Mitnick: Reaktor Dev Day: Q and A


Meet Kevin Mitnick: The World's Most Famous Hacker


Kevin Mitnick's Speaking Demo Video



Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


Kevin's most popular speech is “The Art of Deception: Controlling Humans," in which he demonstrates in an entertaining, almost magical, way just how easy it is to manipulate humans into giving away security secrets. After listening to Kevin, you will have the knowledge that allows you to see when others are trying to control you and how you can defend yourself.

For more technical audiences, Kevin teaches just how hackers can penetrate an organization, encouraging the audience to move from mere technical knowledge to getting inside the mind of their potential hackers so that they can be there before an attack takes place.

Kevin can also give fascinating insight into his life on the run as the FBI's most wanted ever hacker, taking you through his life on the run, his subsequent imprisonment and his transformation into one of the most in-demand security consultants on the planet.

Many of Kevin's presentations are akin to technology magic shows that educate and inform while keeping people on the edge of their seats. He offers expert commentary on issues related to information security and increases "security awareness" for everyone in the audience.

1) His most popular speech for all audiences!

THE ART OF DECEPTION:
Controlling Humans

Join us to hear Kevin Mitnick, "The World's Most Famous Hacker," illustrate how the threat of "social engineering" has quickly become one of the top security threats to society and industry today. Mr. Mitnick is one of the most trusted "white hat" security consultants to the Fortune 500 and governments, and he attracts a huge fan and supporter base that circles the globe. As the CEO of a leading security company, Kevin and his Global Ghost Team™ maintain a 100% successful track record of penetrating the security of any system they are paid to hack into by using technology and social engineering.

Humans are the weakest link in security. People can be controlled, and he shows you how. A large number of unsuspecting victims never even realize they have been manipulated and are convinced to unwittingly hand over the keys to the kingdom. Will your staff be next? Will you? In this jaw-dropping presentation, which is akin to a technological magic show, Kevin demonstrates and illustrates—in an entertaining way—why almost everyone has misplaced reliance on security technology, which is virtually ineffective against a motivated attacker using social engineering.

Mitnick helps you perceive the threat of being controlled and learn what steps should be taken to protect yourself and train your organization for security awareness by thinking defensively. The knowledge you'll gain is indispensable, and the security difference might be invaluable.

2) For technical audiences only. A techie treat they won't soon forget.

THE ART OF INTRUSION:
How Hackers Attack and How to Fight Back

Are you a senior technologist, security specialist, or hacking enthusiast? Dive into this "deep-think" presentation from Kevin Mitnick, "The World's Most Famous Hacker," as he illustrates how hackers ply their trade and helps you strengthen your defenses through concrete and actionable guidance. Mr. Mitnick is one of the most trusted "white hat" security consultants to the Fortune 500 and governments, and he attracts a huge fan and supporter base that circles the globe. As the CEO of a leading security company, Kevin and his Global Ghost Team maintain a 100% successful track record of penetrating the security of any system they are paid to hack into by using technology and social engineering.

In this demo-rich presentation, which is akin to a technological magic show, Kevin illustrates how technology and security professionals must move beyond knowledge of fact and learn the "Art of Intrusion" so they can become better protectors. He defines this evolution of mindset using real case studies and lessons that were gathered and shared by Kevin and the hacker community.

He'll reveal the hair-raising details of real-life computer break-ins, how the perpetrators hacked in, and how they successfully covered their tracks. More importantly, Kevin will share how you can prevent these same horror stories from being repeated in your organization in a cost-effective manner that offers maximum protection.

3) His incredible story the government didn't want you to know.

GHOST IN THE WIRES:
My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker

Join us to hear one of the most fascinating life stories ever told of the computer generation by one who lived it. Kevin Mitnick is currently the most famous hacker in the world and is one of the most trusted "white hat" security consultants to the Fortune 500 and governments worldwide. As the CEO of a leading security company, he and his Global Ghost Team maintain a 100% successful track record of penetrating the security of any system they are paid to hack into using technology and social engineering. Kevin's early love for accessing systems and accomplishing the impossible placed almost forty major organizations including Motorola, Sun Microsystems, and Nokia on his "been there, hacked that" list.

Even though his hacking wasn't for financial gain or to cause harm, his hacking methods morphed him into being the FBI's Most Wanted hacker, so he went on the run as the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, and no matter how fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, using technology not only to evade but also to spy on and track his pursuers. Kevin became among the first people to ever to be tracked down by the then new method of cellular triangulation, now a dated procedure. But that's what it took to finally end his life on the run.

Experience the mindset and fascinating stories and fear-driven myth as he takes you on an increasingly sophisticated cat-and-mouse game that led authorities through false identities, a host of cities, pranks on his pursuers, plenty of close shaves, and ultimately, a bizarre showdown with the feds. You'll hear about the judge who actually bought the idea that Kevin could start a nuclear war by whistling into a pay phone and proceeded to put him in solitary confinement for eight months. Ironically, Kevin now is paid well to do what he always loved doing for free.

This is the adventure that started a movement, and Kevin now attracts a huge fan and supporter base that circles the globe. Come be a part of it!



Kevin Mitnick Speaker Testimonials Back to top

“... funny and definitely in the zone ...”
    Amy Draves, Microsoft

“... You opened their eyes, and that's what I wanted.”
    Willy Allison, World Game Protection

“... He showed how readily information can be gathered by hackers ...”
    Capt. Steven “Doc” Simon, USN

“... sitting on the edge of their seats ...”
    Robert Sensenig, Core BTS

“Kevin has a unique ability to connect with both technical and non-technical groups, which makes him a perfect fit for almost any event, especially those audiences that run the full gamut of technical ability. Die-hard techies will enjoy “geeking out” with Kevin, and everyone else will still be fascinated and perhaps a little frightened by what they learn. Our attendees could not have been more pleased with Kevin and his “Art of Deception” keynote.”
    John Dietrich, Marketing Director, Dell, Inc.

“I think I speak for everyone when I say that Kevin delivered 100% today. He was engaging, entertaining, informative, and the response has been very good top to bottom. Beyond the presentation, he went above and beyond given the obstacles that were thrown at him by the venue. He deserves much credit for being flexible, open, and able to adapt, to what I am sure he will tell you, might be his most challenging presentation [situation] ever. [Our] Senior Leadership Team (President included) enjoyed the presentation and lunch where he was certainly the star. We hope that you can pass on our sincere thanks for a job well done.”

“I wanted to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude all of your hard work. I have worked for this company for 15 years. In that time, I have seen lectures given by vice presidents, heads of state, senators, legendary theoretical physicists and even financial gurus; however, your presentation was the first time I have seen our employees rush the stage to meet the speaker. In the last three days, I have received many requests from our employees asking if they can view the presentation again. I have received nothing but accolades on your presentation. You truly captured our audience and made IT Security awareness interesting and entertaining.”




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“... funny and definitely in the zone ...”
    Amy Draves, Microsoft

“... You opened their eyes, and that's what I wanted.”
    Willy Allison, World Game Protection

“... He showed how readily information can be gathered by hackers ...”
    Capt. Steven “Doc” Simon, USN

“... sitting on the edge of their seats ...”
    Robert Sensenig, Core BTS

“Kevin has a unique ability to connect with both technical and non-technical groups, which makes him a perfect fit for almost any event, especially those audiences that run the full gamut of technical ability. Die-hard techies will enjoy “geeking out” with Kevin, and everyone else will still be fascinated and perhaps a little frightened by what they learn. Our attendees could not have been more pleased with Kevin and his “Art of Deception” keynote.”
    John Dietrich, Marketing Director, Dell, Inc.

“I think I speak for everyone when I say that Kevin delivered 100% today. He was engaging, entertaining, informative, and the response has been very good top to bottom. Beyond the presentation, he went above and beyond given the obstacles that were thrown at him by the venue. He deserves much credit for being flexible, open, and able to adapt, to what I am sure he will tell you, might be his most challenging presentation [situation] ever. [Our] Senior Leadership Team (President included) enjoyed the presentation and lunch where he was certainly the star. We hope that you can pass on our sincere thanks for a job well done.”

“I wanted to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude all of your hard work. I have worked for this company for 15 years. In that time, I have seen lectures given by vice presidents, heads of state, senators, legendary theoretical physicists and even financial gurus; however, your presentation was the first time I have seen our employees rush the stage to meet the speaker. In the last three days, I have received many requests from our employees asking if they can view the presentation again. I have received nothing but accolades on your presentation. You truly captured our audience and made IT Security awareness interesting and entertaining.”


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THE ART OF INVISIBILITY: Coming Soon!
The world's most famous hacker reveals the secrets on how citizens and consumers can stay connected and on the grid safely and securely by using cloaking and counter-measures in today's age of Big Brother and big data.


GHOST IN THE WIRES: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker
Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world's biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable. But for Kevin, hacking wasn't just about technological feats—it was an old fashioned confidence game that required guile and deception to trick the unwitting out of valuable information.

Driven by a powerful urge to accomplish the impossible, Mitnick bypassed security systems and blazed into major organizations including Motorola, Sun Microsystems, and Pacific Bell. But as the FBI's net began to tighten, Kevin went on the run, engaging in an increasingly sophisticated cat and mouse game that led through false identities, a host of cities, plenty of close shaves, and an ultimate showdown with the Feds, who would stop at nothing to bring him down.

Ghost in the Wires is a thrilling true story of intrigue, suspense, and unbelievable escape, and a portrait of a visionary whose creativity, skills, and persistence forced the authorities to rethink the way they pursued him, inspiring ripples that brought permanent changes in the way people and companies protect their most sensitive information.


THE ART OF INTRUSION: The Real Stories Behind the Exploits of Hackers, Intruders and Deceivers
Hacker extraordinaire Kevin Mitnick delivers the explosive encore to his bestselling The Art of Deception. Kevin Mitnick, the world's most celebrated hacker, now devotes his life to helping businesses and governments combat data thieves, cybervandals, and other malicious computer intruders. In his bestselling The Art of Deception, Mitnick presented fictionalized case studies that illustrated how savvy computer crackers use "social engineering" to compromise even the most technically secure computer systems. Now, in his new book, Mitnick goes one step further, offering hair-raising stories of real-life computer break-ins—and showing how the victims could have prevented them. Mitnick's reputation within the hacker community gave him unique credibility with the perpetrators of these crimes, who freely shared their stories with him—and whose exploits Mitnick now reveals in detail for the first time, including:

    • A group of friends who won nearly a million dollars in Las Vegas by reverse-engineering slot machines
    • Two teenagers who were persuaded by terrorists to hack into the Lockheed Martin computer systems
    • Two convicts who joined forces to become hackers inside a Texas prison

A "Robin Hood" hacker who penetrated the computer systems of many prominent companies-and then told them how he gained access With riveting "you are there" descriptions of real computer break-ins, indispensable tips on countermeasures security professionals need to implement now, and Mitnick's own acerbic commentary on the crimes he describes, this book is sure to reach a wide audience-and attract the attention of both law enforcement agencies and the media.


THE ART OF DECEPTION: Controlling the Human Element of Security
Kevin Mitnick's exploits as a cyber-desperado and fugitive form one of the most exhaustive FBI manhunts in history and have spawned dozens of articles, books, films, and documentaries. Since his release from federal prison, in 1998, Mitnick has turned his life around and established himself as one of the most sought-after computer security experts worldwide. Now, in The Art of Deception, the world's most notorious hacker gives new meaning to the old adage, "It takes a thief to catch a thief."

Focusing on the human factors involved with information security, Mitnick explains why all the firewalls and encryption protocols in the world will never be enough to stop a savvy grifter intent on rifling a corporate database or an irate employee determined to crash a system. With the help of many fascinating true stories of successful attacks on business and government, he illustrates just how susceptible even the most locked-down information systems are to a slick con artist impersonating an IRS agent.

Narrating from the points of view of both the attacker and the victims, he explains why each attack was so successful and how it could have been prevented in an engaging and highly readable style reminiscent of a true-crime novel. And, perhaps most importantly, Mitnick offers advice for preventing these types of social engineering hacks through security protocols, training programs, and manuals that address the human element of security.


Many of Kevin's presentations are akin to technology magic shows that educate and inform while keeping people on the edge of their seats. He offers expert commentary on issues related to information security and increases "security awareness" for everyone in the audience.

1) His most popular speech for all audiences!

THE ART OF DECEPTION:
Controlling Humans

Join us to hear Kevin Mitnick, "The World's Most Famous Hacker," illustrate how the threat of "social engineering" has quickly become one of the top security threats to society and industry today. Mr. Mitnick is one of the most trusted "white hat" security consultants to the Fortune 500 and governments, and he attracts a huge fan and supporter base that circles the globe. As the CEO of a leading security company, Kevin and his Global Ghost Team™ maintain a 100% successful track record of penetrating the security of any system they are paid to hack into by using technology and social engineering.

Humans are the weakest link in security. People can be controlled, and he shows you how. A large number of unsuspecting victims never even realize they have been manipulated and are convinced to unwittingly hand over the keys to the kingdom. Will your staff be next? Will you? In this jaw-dropping presentation, which is akin to a technological magic show, Kevin demonstrates and illustrates—in an entertaining way—why almost everyone has misplaced reliance on security technology, which is virtually ineffective against a motivated attacker using social engineering.

Mitnick helps you perceive the threat of being controlled and learn what steps should be taken to protect yourself and train your organization for security awareness by thinking defensively. The knowledge you'll gain is indispensable, and the security difference might be invaluable.

2) For technical audiences only. A techie treat they won't soon forget.

THE ART OF INTRUSION:
How Hackers Attack and How to Fight Back

Are you a senior technologist, security specialist, or hacking enthusiast? Dive into this "deep-think" presentation from Kevin Mitnick, "The World's Most Famous Hacker," as he illustrates how hackers ply their trade and helps you strengthen your defenses through concrete and actionable guidance. Mr. Mitnick is one of the most trusted "white hat" security consultants to the Fortune 500 and governments, and he attracts a huge fan and supporter base that circles the globe. As the CEO of a leading security company, Kevin and his Global Ghost Team maintain a 100% successful track record of penetrating the security of any system they are paid to hack into by using technology and social engineering.

In this demo-rich presentation, which is akin to a technological magic show, Kevin illustrates how technology and security professionals must move beyond knowledge of fact and learn the "Art of Intrusion" so they can become better protectors. He defines this evolution of mindset using real case studies and lessons that were gathered and shared by Kevin and the hacker community.

He'll reveal the hair-raising details of real-life computer break-ins, how the perpetrators hacked in, and how they successfully covered their tracks. More importantly, Kevin will share how you can prevent these same horror stories from being repeated in your organization in a cost-effective manner that offers maximum protection.

3) His incredible story the government didn't want you to know.

GHOST IN THE WIRES:
My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker

Join us to hear one of the most fascinating life stories ever told of the computer generation by one who lived it. Kevin Mitnick is currently the most famous hacker in the world and is one of the most trusted "white hat" security consultants to the Fortune 500 and governments worldwide. As the CEO of a leading security company, he and his Global Ghost Team maintain a 100% successful track record of penetrating the security of any system they are paid to hack into using technology and social engineering. Kevin's early love for accessing systems and accomplishing the impossible placed almost forty major organizations including Motorola, Sun Microsystems, and Nokia on his "been there, hacked that" list.

Even though his hacking wasn't for financial gain or to cause harm, his hacking methods morphed him into being the FBI's Most Wanted hacker, so he went on the run as the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, and no matter how fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, using technology not only to evade but also to spy on and track his pursuers. Kevin became among the first people to ever to be tracked down by the then new method of cellular triangulation, now a dated procedure. But that's what it took to finally end his life on the run.

Experience the mindset and fascinating stories and fear-driven myth as he takes you on an increasingly sophisticated cat-and-mouse game that led authorities through false identities, a host of cities, pranks on his pursuers, plenty of close shaves, and ultimately, a bizarre showdown with the feds. You'll hear about the judge who actually bought the idea that Kevin could start a nuclear war by whistling into a pay phone and proceeded to put him in solitary confinement for eight months. Ironically, Kevin now is paid well to do what he always loved doing for free.

This is the adventure that started a movement, and Kevin now attracts a huge fan and supporter base that circles the globe. Come be a part of it!



Kevin Mitnick: The Word Document Exploit


“I want to show you how a hacker can steal your username and password by simply getting you to open up a Word document," Kevin Mitnick says, demonstrating just how vulnerable the most innocent seeming actions on the web can be. "Hackers are very innovative," he explains, "and just because Microsoft tries to obfuscate the password...we can actually crack the password."

Kevin Mitnick: Reaktor Dev Day: Q and A


Meet Kevin Mitnick: The World's Most Famous Hacker


Kevin Mitnick's Speaking Demo Video