About Kevin Mitnick

Everything You Need to Know About the #1 Authority on Hacking, Social Engineering and Security Awareness Training

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Whether you call him famous or infamous, Kevin Mitnick is one of a kind.

He’s the catalyst of the information security industry, a best-selling author, renowned security speaker and the head of an elite information security firm with a 100% success rate. 

All of that began with Kevin’s action-packed rise through the ranks of hackers worldwide, driven by an insatiable curiosity, a passion for seemingly impossible challenges and an unstoppable sense of humor. 

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"The World's Most Famous Hacker"
"In our world, Kevin Mitnick is our David Beckham or Lebron James"
"The World's Greatest Hacker"
"If hackers were rock stars, Kevin Mitnick would be Mick Jagger"

Kevin's Story

Once upon a time, Kevin was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. His famous ‘electronic joyride’ made him part of the FBI’s most wanted list for hacking into more than 40 major corporations, just for the challenge of it. 

Kevin gained access to the computers and networks of the world's biggest companies while eluding the authorities through phone switches, computer systems and cellular networks. For three years he went on the run, using false identities and escaping from city to city until a final showdown with the Feds, who would stop at nothing to bring him down. 

Kevin’s creativity, skills and persistence forced the authorities to rethink the way they pursued hackers. Those ripples brought permanent changes to the way companies and people protect their most sensitive information. His story became legendary and is the basis for many books, articles, films and TV programs.

Today, Kevin is a trusted security consultant to the Fortune 500 and governments worldwide. 

As the CEO of Mitnick Security Consulting, Kevin, and The Global Ghost Team™ now maintain a 100 percent successful track record in their ability to penetrate the security of any system they’re paid to hack, using a combination of technical exploits and social engineering. 

In his role of Chief Hacking Officer of KnowBe4 he endorses and helps produce the world's #1 security awareness training and platform to train employees to better manage the urgent IT security problems of social engineering, spear phishing and ransomware attacks.

"Years ago, I helped put Kevin Mitnick in jail. I now see this made about as much sense as arresting Dean Martin for public drunkenness. Neither of them could stop themselves. Neither was doing any real harm. And, in both cases, watching them struggle with their obsessions was hugely entertaining."

John Perry Barlow, cofounder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, reviewing Kevin’s autobiography The Ghost in the Wires

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As the world authority on social engineering and cyber security, Kevin is a global bestselling author of four books available in over 50 countries and 20 languages. 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, are both mandatory readings for security professionals. Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker is Kevin’s New York Times bestselling autobiography and 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, is Kevin’s latest ground-breaking book on privacy. 

Kevin has been a commentator, security analyst, and interview subject for almost every major news outlet around the globe and the subject of movies, books and countless articles. In addition to appearing on local network news programs, he has made appearances on 60 Minutes, Dr. Phil, Rachel Ray, VICE - Motherboard, CNBC, CBS, CBC, The Learning Channel, Tech TV’s Screen Savers, Court TV, Good Morning America, CNN’s Burden of Proof, Street Sweep, and Talkback Live, National Public Radio and as a guest star on ABC’s spy drama “Alias.”

As a one-of-a-kind, public speaker, Kevin's presentations are akin to technology magic shows, which include live demonstrations and edutainment of the latest hacking techniques to keep people on the edge of their seats. Most importantly, his presentations help raise "security awareness" of organizations, their staff, families and individuals.

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Kevin’s Achievements and Milestones

Public Sector

  • Contractor in the United States and abroad, to assess information security vulnerabilities or provide information, security training and advice.  
  • Retained by several United States governmental agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Social Security Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration. The United States Courts have also retained Kevin’s services as keynote speaker of a cybercrime conference for the United States Courts.  
  • U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs witness on March 2, 2000, at the request of Senators Joseph Lieberman and Fred Thompson, at a hearing called Cyber Attack: Is the Government Safe? The purpose of the hearing, as described by Chairman Thompson, was to consider “the ability of the Federal Government to protect against and respond to potential cyber attacks.” (106th Congress, 106-486). 
  • April 3, 2003 testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, Joint with the Subcommittee Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Financial Services on Fighting Fraud: Improving Information Security
  • Internationally, Kevin’s public sector clients have included the Government of Spain, Government of Japan - Ministry of Finance. Calgary Board of Education, Ecuador Presidential Elections and the Brazilian Cyber Defence Army.

Private Sector

  • Leader of Mitnick Security's Global Ghost Team. This elite group of internal whitehat hackers maintains a 100% successful rate for penetrating the security of any system they are paid to hack. 
  • Co-Creator of Kevin Mitnick Security Awareness Training (KMSAT) sold through the security awareness education and tools company KnowBe4 is the #1 security awareness training and platform in the world.
  • Global bestselling author of four books available in over 50 countries and 20 languages. Kevin’s works 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 (a New York Times bestseller) and 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.

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Positions Currently Held

  • CEO, mitnicksecurity.com or Chief Executive Officer at Mitnick Security Consulting
  • CHO, knowbe4.com or Chief Hacking Officer at KnowBe4

Advisory Board Memberships

  • LifeLock, USA - Fraud Advisory Board Member, 2008 - 2013
  • Solve Media, USA - Security Advisory Council Member, 2012 - present
  • Zimperium, USA - Advisory Board Member, 2012 - present
  • Olyseum - Security Advisor 2018 - present

Board Memberships

  • KnowBe4 2015- present - Director
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