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About: Neal O’Farrell, Identity Theft Expert


Neal O’Farrell is one of the leading authorities on identity theft, and has spent 30 years fighting cybercrime and identity theft around the world. He began his career protecting European banks from the first generation of hackers, developing a range of security technologies that we take for granted today including encryption, authentication, and biometrics.

He is currently Executive Director of the Identity Theft Council, an award-winning non-profit based in the San Francisco bay area. The Council is a national partnership that includes the Council of Better Business Bureaus, the Community Bankers of America, the Online Trust Alliance, the Identity Theft Resource Center, and the Elder Financial Protection Network.

Neal also leads the Small Business Identity Task Force as part of the Center for Identity at the University of Texas in Austin. He is a member of the Federal Communications Commission's Cybersecurity Roundtable Working Group, where he helped create the FCC’s Small Business Cybersecurity Planning Tool.

Neal has authored more than 150 articles on security and has appeared in numerous publications around the world including CNN Money, BusinessWeek, SmartMoney, CNET, Information Week, the National Law Journal,, Fox Business, and the South China Morning Post.

He is the author of "Double Trouble - Protecting Your Identity in an Age of Cybercrime," used as an education tool by numerous organizations including three of the top five U.S. banks. He is also a former columnist with, and Technical Editor for the "Hack Proofing" series of security guides from Elsevier Publishing.

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