Eric O’Neill serves as Carbon Black’s national security strategist where he is a thought leader on a wide range of issues including counterterrorism and national security matters. Prior to this, he was as an operative for the FBI, where he conducted national security field operations against terrorists and foreign intelligence agents—giving him insights are still applicable to the threat landscape today . His recent book, Gray Day: My Undercover Mission to Expose America’s First Cyber Spy, recounts his role in the investigation and capture of the most notorious spy in U.S. history, Robert Phillip Hanssen.
“Eric O’Neill was only twenty-six when he was tapped for the case of a lifetime: a one-on-one undercover investigation of the FBI’s top target, a man suspected of spying for the Russians for nearly two decades, giving up nuclear secrets, compromising intelligence, and betraying US assets. With zero training in face-to-face investigation, Eric found himself in a windowless, high-security office in the newly formed Information Assurance Section, tasked officially with helping the FBI secure its outdated computer system against hackers and spies–and unofficially with collecting evidence against his new boss, Robert Hanssen, an exacting and rage-prone veteran agent with a disturbing fondness for handguns. In the months that follow, Eric’s self-esteem and young marriage unravel under the pressure of life in Room 9930, and he questions the very purpose of his mission. But as Hanssen outmaneuvers an intelligence community struggling to keep up with the new reality of cybersecurity, he also teaches Eric the game of spycraft. Eric will just have to learn to outplay his teacher if he wants to win.”
Recently, O’Neill hosted a webinar during which he recounted his story and spoke to the way in which espionage has evolved with technological advancements.
Watch Eric O'Neill tell the story of how he took down the most damaging spy in American history.
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