"Get into the mindset of a hacker."
Kevin Mitnick is perhaps best known as the hacker who made it onto the FBI's Most Wanted List for breaking into the computer systems of multiple government agencies and over 40 major corporations. Mitnick was a fugitive for four years, and after getting caught was put on trial and sentenced to five years in a federal prison, including a year in solitary confinement.
Since leaving prison, Mitnick has changed tack. He still hacks, but now works as a whitehat hacker whose consultancy firm helps clients find the vulnerabilities in their systems so that cyber-criminals don't find them first.
Mitnick also serves as Chief Hacking Officer for KnowBe4, a company that trains employees of organisations to spot vulnerabilities, including their own. He has authored four books: The Art of Intrusion, The Art of Deception, Ghost in the Wires, and The Art of Invisibility.
He also goes on speaking tours all over the world. His website lists 29 destinations just in the first 10 months of 2018.
During these tours, he shows people the tradecraft that's "used by the bad guys to compromise their businesses and their personal systems and what steps to take to mitigate the risk, so they do not become victims," he says.
Kevin Mitnick is the world's most famous hacker, bestselling author, and the top cyber security speaker. 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 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.
As the CEO of Mitnick Security Consulting, Kevin, and The Global Ghost TeamTM 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. 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.
Kevin is a global bestselling author and his books are availability in over 50 countries and 20 languages. His works include The Art of Intrusion: The Real Story Behind the Exploits of Hackers, Intruders and Deceivers and The 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 is a New York Times bestseller and his latest work released in 2017 is 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, a ground-breaking book on privacy.
As a one-of-a-kind public speaker, Kevin's presentations are akin to technology magic shows which include the latest hacking techniques 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". Kevin has been a commentator, security analyst, or interview subject for almost every major news outlet around the globe.