What I Like to talk About

To avoid becoming the next disastrous data-breach headline, you must foster a healthy balance between computer security and human behavior. Cybersecurity isn’t just about spending more money on shinier technology – it’s about nudging your entire team beyond awareness and into action. It’s about creating energy and buy-in among the people who handle your mission-critical information every day. When it comes to the latest data security threats, you can’t possibly do everything—but you must do the right things.

Specific Speech Titles (customized for your audience):

The Hacker’s Blacklist: Cyber Security Threats, Trends & Countermeasures

The heart of effective security training starts with the humans that help it flourish, or fail. Cybersecurity isn’t just about spending more money on shinier technology – it’s about solving the human element first. This speech shows you how, and  is aimed at Organizations looking to:

  • Implement industry-specific solutions to critical data protection
  • Infuse energy and life into their culture of security
  • Foster ownership by bridging personal/workplace protection
  • Provide a main-stage session as entertaining as it is informative

A highly-entertaining presentation that weaves John’s story of losing his business to cybercrime into a roadmap of actionable next steps.


Your Data is Showing – Protecting Your Privacy in the Surveillance Economy

Smart speakers and digital assistants like Alexa, Google and Siri eavesdrop on the conversations you have at home and work, sharing your preferences and behaviors with their “partners”. Super cookies collect your browsing history even when you have cookies turned off, selling your privacy to the highest bidder. Mobile phone providers track and trade your location while social media sites like Facebook and Instagram build psychographic dossiers that classify you according to your attitudes, aspirations and psychological profile. And you sit there, unaware, both a fan and victim of the two faces of technology: convenience and surveillance. Your Data is Showing focuses on taking back your privacy with skills that apply across the ever-changing tactics of clever marketers, digital advertisers and cyber criminals.


Cyber Security 2020 – Threats, Trends & Tactics
The cyber-threat landscape is shifting in new and critical directions. While financial gain still drives cybercrime, the accumulation and exercise of raw power is the latest holy grail. Criminals are strategically leveraging potent tools, from hacking the news cycle (fake news) to manipulating outcomes (election fraud), from weaponizing the Internet of Things (cyber warfare) to exploiting information for the purpose of extortion (cyber blackmail). The common mistake is to think that these trends won’t affect an organization like yours or people like you. And that is where the danger lies. Cyber Security 2020 is full of solutions to help you plan and prepare for the latest wave of threats before they land on your shores, saving you time, money and reputational damage.  


C-Level Cyber Security: Strategic Security Awareness Training for Leaders

To bulletproof your culture of security, you must move beyond awareness and into security action. How are you supposed to cope with wide range of cyber threats when you have little to no technical background? This speech answers that question and is aimed at Executives, Managers and Teams looking to:

  • Move beyond security awareness into concrete action steps
  • Train on the critical human elements of protecting data
  • Gain non-technical, high-level working knowledge of cyber strategies
  • Provide an entertaining main-stage presentation for C-Level execs on down

A leadership-oriented speech for executive conferences, board retreats, internal training and conference opening or closing sessions.


Your Financial Practice as Hero

Leverage your role as a trusted advisor to better protect your customers’ data (and gain loyalty).

No one is in a better position to educate financial customers about protecting their identity and net worth than you are. This speech is aimed at Financial Providers looking to:

  • Create massive goodwill with customers by eliminating their risk of ID theft
  • Host a financial wellness seminar to reward customer loyalty & drive prospects
  • Utilize current events and hot topics to encourage client clicks and behavior change
  • Add value by minimizing your customer’s financial risk footprint

A feel-good, highly-educational speech for the customers of financial providers interested in delivering value-added services to complement their current offerings.


My Background

After moving back to my home town of Denver after college to help run my famly business, my identity was stolen and used to embezzle $300,000 from our clients. The exposure destroyed the business, my career and consumed two years of my life as I fought to stay out of jail. Combining real-world experience with years of study, I became an award-winning author and leading expert on cyber security, identity theft and data privacy.

I am the CEO of The Sileo Group, a data security think tank that helps organizations protect the information that drives their profits.  My body of work includes engagements with the Pentagon, USA Today, Visa, 60 Minutes, Homeland Security, Rachael Ray, Schwab and organizations of all sizes.

I graduated with honors from Harvard University and spend my free time with my remarkable wife and two highly spirited daughters.


“John’s keynote was a key reason why this year’s conference was the best.


“If we could quantify the impact of John’s cyber security presentation on our attendees, it would likely be in the millions.” 


“Sileo’s security awareness training stopped $300,000 in fraud just days after his presentation.”


“John is a certified risk killer worth every penny.”


“Kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. We’d recommend him speaking everywhere.”


John was extremely knowledgeable in his topic, acutely aware of how data security issues affect our industry and very entertaining. The crowd was glued to his presentation; he made an hour seem like 20 minutes. We had one of our largest audiences ever today, obviously because John's topic is so relevant and timely.


In addition to the relevance of your topic, your passion and delivery style were nothing less than top notch. From stage presence to personally connecting with the audience, you are a true professional yet also very down to earth and easy to work with.


John was dynamic and kept the audience on the edge of their seat. I literally laughed and cried all in the same hour presentation because I felt so connected to his story. I know that other attendees were also as impacted as I was based on conversations that I had afterward. His stories about his personal experiences with fraud were amazing and his solutions were relevant and timely. I personally implemented some of his suggestions for protecting myself the same day.


My conference participants complete evaluation sheets on all speakers and your results could not have been better. Some of the comments I received were-"Bring John back again next year--he was both entertaining and informative." "What a speaker/entertainer--a perfect 'wake me back up after lunch' speaker--good content, too".


Previous Speech Topics

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The Hacker’s Blacklist: 7 Critical Cybersecurity Threats & Solutions

Global Cold Chain Alliance Convention
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Building a Culture of Trusted Insiders

Dtex Systems 2019 Global Insider Threat Summit
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Mar, 4 2019

Keynote Speaker for Electric Cooperative

Wabash Valley Power Alliance
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Aug, 19 2019



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My core topics and keynote titles all share one common trait – I deliver them with energy, humor and deep relevance to your audience. I specialize in all cyber security related areas and make my presentations fun so the information sticks!

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