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Recent News

Neal O'Farrell recently joined Civic ( as an advisor. Civic respresents an innovative new approach to protecting consumers and businesses from identity fraud, giving both the advantage of early identity theft warnings, as USA Today put it, "before the identity theft truck hits." Learn more about Civic.

Neal O'Farrell was recently invited to join the MetroEd Cybersecurity Apprenticeship Working Group in Silicon Valley, as part of an initiative by California Governor Gerry Brown to extend the State's training and apprenticeship program to help address the shortage of cybersecurity professionals nationally. Read more.

In partnership with iKeepSafe, our new Schooled In Security program offers free security training and cybersecurity career support to high schools across the country. Read more.

Speaking Engagements

Neal O'Farrell will be joining TV personality Leeza Gibbons and Billy Beane of the Oakland A's as a keynote speaker at the Annual Conference of the Institute of Management Accountants, Las Vegas, June 20th 2016.

CPA Firm Management Association (CPAFMA) 2016 National Practice Management Conference, June 27-30 2016, Baltimore MD.

ISMG Fraud & Breach Prevention Summit, March 23rd 2016, San Francisco, CA.

U.S. Trust Private Client Event, February 17th 2016, Walnut Creek California.

September 11th 2015 - Neal O'Farrell was presented with the first ever Eigen Award, for his work in fighting fraud and identity theft. The award was presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, at the headquarters of Wells Fargo Bank, San Francisco, September 11th 2015.

August 12th 2015 -  Neal O'Farrell will be the keynote speaker at the Annual Conference of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), at the headquarters of Wells Fargo Bank, in San Francisco, on September 16th 2015.

August 10th 2015 -  Neal O'Farrell will be the keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual ID Theft Symposium, hosted by the City of San Jose, on September 26th 2015.

August 5th 2015 - Neal O'Farrell will be guest speaker at a customer education event on security and identity protection hosted by Ameriprise Financial Services, in Campbell California, on August 26th 2015.

July 13th 2015 - Neal O'Farrell will be leading a presentation with BKR International called "Guarding the Candy Store - how accountants and financial advisors can best protect their high net worth clients from cyber risks and identity theft." The presentation is being organized by BKR's High Net Worth Families Group and will take place on July 20th 2015 at 2pm EST.

BKR International is one of the top 5 global accounting associations, representing the combined strength of more than 160 independent accounting and business advisory firms in over 500 offices and 80 countries.For more information please visit BKR International.

May 21st 2015 - Neal O'Farrell partners with BKR International to teach cybersecurity to accountants. BKR International is one of the top 5 global accounting associations, representing the combined strength of more than 160 independent accounting and business advisory firms in over 500 offices and 80 countries. To learn more, visit

May 14th 2015 - Neal O'Farrell, in partnership with Coleman Research, will be leading a conference call for institutional investors on the history, current landscape, and future opportunities and risks of the consumer and enterprise identity theft prevention/protection market.

In The News

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August 29th, 2014 - Financial advisers beware: Cybercrooks are zeroing in on what they call "candy stores" – the accounts and other holdings of high-net-worth individuals. "They have lots of booty to plunder," according to Neal O'Farrell, founder of Privide Inc. Read More.

August 15th, 2014 - Cyber crime is a growing threat to high-net-worth and affluent individuals in particular, O'Farrell said. "With more affluent clients, it used to be that they were almost completely immune to crime." Read more. 

August 7th, 2014 - Hackers don't just want your money. Financial advisors have access to valuable information, not to mention connections to other advisors with their own assets and information. Cybercriminals have a name for these lucrative targets: candy stores. Read More.

July 9th, 2014
"The concern is predominantly about the NSA learning too much about accounts and investments – it's got a lot of wealthier consumers and business owners spooked," O'Farrell says. "It's the realization that the NSA is everywhere, and if they're out there, then who else is listening?" More.
July 1st 2014
"Identity theft might be a crime for the masses, but scammers seeking a bigger payout for their efforts know where to turn: the wealthy. "If a crime makes sense, it is probably already happening," says Neal O'Farrell, CEO of personal security firm Privide. His says his company has seen the targeting of the wealthy increase 10-fold in the last couple of years. "Targeting the wealthy makes sense." Read more.
July 8th, 2014
Cybersecurity is a big and getting bigger concern for wealth managers, because their clients—particularly the mass affluent and recent millionaire households—may not be as security-savvy as those already in the top categories. "Cybercrime has changed things for the affluent," says Neal O'Farrell, founder of cybersecurity firm Privide. More.




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