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CSUSM to Host ‘Cybersecurity in the Age of Espionage with Eric O'Neill’

Press Release | By Eric Breier

In February 2001, Eric O’Neill helped capture the most notorious spy in United States history, Robert Philip Hanssen.

O’Neill will speak at Cal State San Marcos on Tuesday, Sept. 26, retelling a thrilling story of espionage while weaving in what it means to be in the world of cybercrime and cybersecurity today.

The event is free for CSUSM students; $5 for CSUSM faculty, staff and alumni; and $10 for community members.

Hanssen, a former FBI agent charged with selling U.S. secrets to Russia for more than two decades, was sentenced to life in prison. O’Neill’s work in the case was depicted in the 2007 film “Breach” starring Ryan Phillippe as O’Neill and Chris Cooper as Hanssen.

Part of CSUSM’s Arts & Lectures series, the event is co-sponsored by VMware, Qualcomm, CLIMB, CSUSM’s College of Science and Mathematics and CSUSM’s Extended Learning.


What: Cybersecurity in the Age of Espionage with Eric O'Neill

When: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 26

Where: USU Ballroom, California State University San Marcos

Cost: Free for CSUSM students; $5 for CSUSM faculty, staff and alumni; $10 for community members

Information: Click here for more information or to register


About California State University San Marcos

Building on an innovative 27-year history, California State University San Marcos is a forward-focused institution, dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great communities and solving critical issues. Located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the City of San Marcos, it is the only public four-year comprehensive university serving North San Diego, Southwest Riverside and South Orange Counties.

The University enrolls nearly 17,000 students. With approximately 2,000 employees, the institution is a Great College to Work For® (The Chronicle of Higher Education). As a recipient of the annual HEED Award since 2014—a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—CSUSM is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment.