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Kevin Mitnick

IT Security, Technology

Travels from Nevada, USA

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Kevin Mitnick Profile

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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    Kevin Mitnick is the world’s most famous hacker.

    There is no one like Kevin.

    Once one of the FBI’s Most Wanted because he went on an ‘electronic joyride’ during which he hacked into more than 40 major corporations just for the challenge and not for monetary gain, Kevin Mitnick was once the most elusive computer break-in artist in history.

    Today, he is a trusted, highly sought-after security consultant to Fortune 500 and governments worldwide. Kevin Mitnick is the world’s authority on hacking, social engineering, and security awareness training. In fact, the world’s most used computer-based end-user security awareness training suite bears his name.

    Kevin’s keynote presentations are one part magic show, one part education, and all parts entertaining. Whether delivered virtually or live, Kevin will entertain and educate your audience with real demonstrations of the latest hacking techniques to help raise the security awareness of individuals and organizations worldwide while keeping attendees on the edge of their seats.

    Kevin is a global bestselling author and his books are available in over 50 countries and 20 languages. He is the world authority on social engineering and security awareness training.  Well over 1 million professionals watch Kevin Mitnick’s Security Awareness Training program every year. His written works are mandatory readings for security professionals. They include:

    – The Art of Intrusion: The Real Story Behind the Exploits of Hackers, Intruders and Deceivers

    – The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security

    – Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker (NY Times Bestseller)

    – 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

    He has been a commentator, security analyst, or interview subject for almost every major news outlet around the globe. Kevin has also been the subject of movies, books and countless articles.

    What People are Saying:

    – “The World’s Greatest Hacker” Fox News

    – “The World’s Most Famous Hacker” CNN

    – “In our world, Kevin Mitnick is our David Beckham or Lebron James.” KPMG

    – “If hackers were rock stars, Kevin Mitnick would be Mick Jagger” News.com

    As the CEO of Mitnick Security Consulting, Kevin, along with his The Global Ghost Team 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. Also, in his role of Chief Hacking Officer of KnowBe4 he helps produce the world’s most popular security awareness training programs to counteract social engineering and to improve security effectiveness.

    Presentation Topics:

    – Digital security & cyber security

    – Social engineering

    – Hacking and hackers

    – Remote workforce safety

    – Enterprise hacking

    – Digital privacy

    – Custom hacking experiences and demonstrations for your own unique event

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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.

Hacked – A Keynote with Kevin Mitnick: The #1 Cybersecurity Presentation
In this 60-minute keynote, delivered virtually or in-person, audience members will follow along as Kevin hacks multiple systems in real time and exposes just how vulnerable individuals - and enterprises - really are.

This presentation will:

● Keep audience members engaged and entertained as they see real hacks in action
● Reinforce organizational messaging around raising security awareness
● Highlight the most current cyber threats and exploits
● Educate audiences about their own susceptibility to social engineering

In Hacked, Kevin creates a custom hacking experience for your organization or attendees, showcasing not just the power of social engineering in the hands of a competent hacker, but also the latest threats that you may be exposed to today.

Throughout the presentation, Kevin will share stories, experiences, and history of his most thrilling exploits and successful infiltrations.

This customizable presentation is ideal for:

● Enterprise organizations looking to reinforce security awareness education
● Cybersecurity conferences that need to wow audiences at all levels of experience and security expertise

Hook, Line, and Sinker: How Phishers Bait Remote Workers with Social Engineering
When it comes to fishing, you can reel in a big catch with the right bait. Cyber “phishing” is no different; all a hacker needs is a clever backstory and a little deceit to turn your employees into suckerfish.

Now more than ever, remote employees are being caught in malicious social engineering nets. Knowing all-too-well that many companies aren’t taking proper security measures and that employees are distracted while working from home, bad actors posing as trusted sources are tricking your staff into clicking infected links and sharing private information to hack their way into your servers.

How do you prevent users from falling hook, line, and sinker? Better protection starts with proper awareness and education.

Kevin Mitnick, the world’s most famous hacker, will use live demonstrations to illustrate how cyber criminals take advantage of your employee’s trust through the art of social engineering.

This acclaimed presentation will entertain your employees while educating them about the latest cyber threats— risks many don't even know exist! This eye-opening exposé demonstrates just how easily anyone can be tricked into handing over the keys to the kingdom. Not only will listeners hear real-life accounts of Kevin’s pentesting exploits and see live hacks right before their eyes, but “Hook, Line, and Sinker” will also explore the psychology of deception— from the neuroscience behind why we take the bait to cognitive defenses anyone can use to swim smoothly through an ocean of digital threats.

Formerly one of the FBI’s “Most Wanted” targets for his elite hacking, there’s no one more qualified than Kevin to talk about the art of cyber deception. Your audience will watch in pure astonishment as the most elusive digital trickster in history shares a live look inside the mind of a hacker.

This presentation:

● Is ideal for remote and newly-remote teams
● Includes customizable, real hacking demonstrations from Kevin Mitnick
● Includes a live Q&A
● Will help users - and organizations - improve their security posture, at home and in the office

Drawing the Curtain: “Houdini of Hackers” Reveals the Latest Social Engineering Tricks
When it comes to hacking, the average person has no idea how it actually works. And while— just like magic— cyber breaches often seem to appear out of nowhere, hacking is often not always as mysterious as you may think.

As the “Houdini of Hackers” Kevin Mitnick is known for his spellbinding live demonstrations, where he lifts the veil to show, step-by-step, what real hackers are hiding up their sleeves.

Bad actors use information about your company and your employees against you, posing as trusted sources to gain access into your networks. These “social engineers” use human psychology to deceive you and your workforce; and in this talk, we’re drawing back the curtains to reveal their biggest tricks.

There’s no one more qualified than Kevin to talk about the art of cyber deception: his real-life exploits once put him on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list. Today, audiences watch in pure amazement, and being astonished by the most elusive digital trickster in history shares a live look inside the mind of a hacker.

In this presentation, Kevin:

● Shares his story, beginning with how he’d hack for fun and out of curiosity, to his life on the run, to becoming the cyber security consultant to the world’s top organizations
● Demonstrations live, the very latest threats and social engineering tactics used by bad actors
● Answers your audience’s top questions about hacking, staying safe, and avoiding malicious magic tricks.

Under the Magician’s Hat: Hackings Biggest Secrets Revealed with Kevin Mitnick
Just like you never know what a magician might pull out of his hat, it’s hard to guess what tricks a hacker might have stuffed up his sleeve. Both have a whole bag of tricks at their disposal to fool you.

In today’s digital-forward landscape, bad actors are more motivated than ever to gain illicit access to your organization’s systems— conjuring up clever ruses to gain entry. These “social engineers” masquerade as trusted sources, hoodwinking your staff into sharing any information they can get their hands on to skirt past your best defenses.

Just as a magician is best positioned to recognize a magician’s tricks, who better than a former hacker to showcase the tricks and tactics behind today’s most mysterious cyberthreats. While your users are undoubtedly the weakest link in your network security, better protection simply starts with proper awareness and education.

Coined the “Houdini of Hackers” for his spellbinding live demonstrations, the world’s most famous hacker— Kevin Mitnick— takes the stage to reveal, step-by-step, the tricks that real hackers are hiding up their sleeves.

As a previous FBI’s “Most Wanted” target for his elite hacking, there’s no one more qualified than Kevin to talk about the art of cyber deception. Watch in pure amazement as the most elusive digital trickster in history shares a live look inside the mind of a hacker.

In this presentation, Kevin:

● Reveals the secrets he learned while becoming the world’s most wanted hacker and passes those secrets on to your audience
● Provides live demonstrations of the very threats and social engineering tactics used by bad actors targeting your organization
● Answers your audience’s top questions about hacking, staying safe, and avoiding malicious attacks

Sleight of Hand, Sleight of Keystroke: The Hacker’s Playbook Revealed
Hackers are a lot like stage magicians. Both capitalize on the art of deception to fool you into seeing what they want you to believe. Whereas magicians use cunning sleight-of-hand tricks to distract from what’s really happening, social engineers hack from behind the digital curtain, gaining stealthy access into your systems.

It only takes one employee to click a malicious link, or one stranger to plug a malware-injected drive into your computer, and it’s showtime for a bad actor. Elite hacks can happen in seconds, and be timed to activate after idle periods on your device. With today’s incredible technology, it’s a case of “Now You See It, Now You Don’t” cyber magic— leaving users none-the-wiser that they were breached.

Who better to demystify this magic than the “Houdini of Hackers,” Kevin Mitnick? Once one of the FBI’s “Most Wanted” due to his elite hacking, today, Kevin is one of the good guys, helping organizations across the globe improve their security posture and awareness. Over 1 million people take part in Kevin Mitnick Security Awareness Training every year.

In this technological magic show, your audience will be spellbound as the most elusive digital trickster in history shares a live look inside the mind of a hacker.

It Takes One to Know One: Live Hacking Demonstrations with the World’s Once “Most Wanted” Hacker
The iconic saying goes, “it takes one to know one”— and in many cases, it’s true. That’s why when it comes to hacking, you can’t trust the theory of cybersecurity alone. You also need to understand its application.

On the playing field of cybersecurity keynotes, others just talk about the game, while Kevin Mitnick actually plays. And, boy... does he play hard. In fact, Kevin was once on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list for hacking into 40 major corporations just for the fun of it.. There’s no one more qualified than Kevin to talk about the art of cyber deception. Through live demonstrations, Kevin illustrates exactly how cyber criminals take advantage of your employee’s trust through the art of social engineering.

Today, Kevin ethically hacks – for a living – as the CEO for the globally-renowned cybersecurity corporation: Mitnick Security. Kevin also serves as the Chief Hacking Officer at KnowBe4, and his Kevin’s Security Awareness Training (KMSAT) program is virtually attended by over 1 million people every year.

This acclaimed presentation demystifies today’s latest cyber threats. These are the risks that many don't even know exist! Are you ready to open your audiences’ eyes to just how easily anyone can be tricked into handing over the keys to the kingdom?

Watch in pure amazement as the most elusive digital trickster in history shares a live look inside the mind of a hacker.

Digital Deception: Inside the Mind of a Hacker
People think that hackers are just skilled with computers. They understand logic and can program— and that’s it. But hackers are masterminds at deception; and it’s their extraordinary understanding of the psychology of trust that gets them past your defenses.

The best malware is nothing without the cunning force behind the script. These “social engineers” do the hard work: researching your company, acquiring bread crumbs of information, and investing the time to build a relationship with your staff before deploying their attack. They’re patient and precise, posing as authority figures or trusted vendors to slip in unnoticed. Whether it’s clicking a malicious link or holding the door open for the friendly Fire Inspector, hackers disguise their intentions through extraordinary feats of deception.

But what if you could get inside the mind of a hacker? If you could spot their tricks in action, you’d be much less likely to be fooled. The good news is, with the right help, you can see past the ruse.

Say hello to Kevin Mitnick.

Kevin was once on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list for hacking into 40 major corporations just for the fun of it. Today, Kevin ethically hacks for a living, as the CEO for the globally-renowned cybersecurity corporation: Mitnick Security. As the Chief Hacking Officer at KnowBe4, Kevin’s Security Awareness Training program is virtually attended by over one million people every year. Professionally speaking, there’s no one more qualified than Kevin to explain the art of cyber deception.

Through live demonstrations, Kevin will illustrate exactly how cybercriminals take advantage of your employee’s trust through a practice called social engineering. In each live hack, he’ll open your eyes to the psychology behind the attack, and arm every listener with the awareness and tactics they need to spot bad actors before they compromise your systems. A must-watch talk to unravel the mysterious yet fascinating art of digital deception, this will be a presentation your audience remembers for years to come.

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What People are Saying about Seeing Kevin Speak

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“Mitnick was exciting and provided real-world information that not only informed but entertained the audience.” – United States Naval Academy

“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.” – Dell

“We have received lots of positive feedback about the event. Kevin is a great speaker with tons of wit and flair.” – Calgary Board of Education

“I’ve never had such great feedback for a keynote speaker!” – Internetwork Engineering

“… 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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Books by Kevin Mitnick:

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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.

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