John Sileo’s identity was stolen from his business and used to embezzle $300,000 from his clients. While the cybercriminal masked his crimes using Sileo’s identity, John and his business were held legally and financially responsible for the felonies committed. The breach destroyed John’s company and consumed two years of his life as he fought to stay out of jail.
Ultimately, the struggle that took almost everything from John and his family lead to his greatest success and fulfillment. From his first-hand experiences came the first of many books, a great love of sharing what he’s learned, and a profound mission to help others defend their data.
Now one of America’s most recognized and respected thought leaders on cyber security, identity theft and entrepreneurial resilience, John specializes in making security fun and engaging, so that it sticks. He is the award-winning author of Privacy Means Profit (Wiley & Sons), a highly-sought- after keynote speaker and has appeared as an expert on 60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper, USA Today, Dr. Oz, and yes, even Rachael Ray.
John’s happy clients include the Pentagon, Visa, Charles Schwab, Homeland Security, the FDIC, Pfizer, MDRT, the FTC, Northrop Grumman, The Hartford, the Federal Reserve and hundreds of corporations, universities, and associations of all sizes.
John is CEO of The Sileo Group, a small security think tank based in Denver, Colorado. He graduated with honors from Harvard University, holds a second-degree black belt in taekwondo (where he’s regularly thrashed by teenagers half his size) and spends every minute of his free time at the center of his compass—with his remarkable wife and two highly-spirited daughters.