Kevin Mitnick: Biography highlights
Kevin Mitnick is the world’s most famous hacker, a New York Times bestselling author and the top cybersecurity keynote speaker. Once one of the FBI’s Most Wanted because he hacked into 40 major corporations just for the challenge. Today, he is a trusted, highly sought-after security consultant to Fortune 500 and governments worldwide.
Full biography of Kevin Mitnick
Kevin Mitnick’s background
Kevin 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.
His 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.
Watch Kevin in action
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.'
Cyber Security Center United States Naval Academy
'He showed how readily information can be gathered by hackers..'
'Kevin's talk was a huge hit. He was charming, funny and definitely in the zone. The talk covered his early childhood pranks, illuminating how he developed the hacker instinct that ultimately got him into trouble.'
Calgary Board of Education
'The Webinar on social engineering was fantastic and we have received lots of positive feedback about the event. Kevin is a great speaker with tons of wit and a flair for making points thoughtfully.'
Kevin's speaking topics
Hacked – A Keynote with Kevin Mitnick: The #1 Cybersecurity Presentation
In this 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.
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.
Under the Magician’s Hat: Hackings Biggest Secrets Revealed
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.
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.
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.
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.
Custom Virtual Presentations
Work with Kevin to craft the perfect web-based, virtual presentation that engages audiences and keeps them on the edge of their seats, even in front of their computer screens.
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.
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?