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A relatable, Fun, High Impact cybersecurity Program that could save your company. 
 (It could also save you money, time and sustainability)

Derek Harp educates the attendees of EO Founder, Verne Harnish's 

Scale Up Summit  on cybersecurity threats and ways to combat them through a phishing simulation.


As an 23-year member in 3 different Chapters, past President, Membership chair and 4x Learning chair, I am grateful for the opportunity to be considered to speak with your EO Chapter. I understand the drive to offer members an exceptional experience that is entertaining and thought provoking, but more importantly, full of take away value they can implement right away. As business owners, our companies are our lifeline. As such, my goal is to convey in a fun, but real manner, that with minor behavioral changes, we can cut our vulnerability by 50% or more. 


Prior to the event, we will implement an experience for your members that will convey just how simple it is to compromise their companies. This experience entices members to register for the event so they can learn more about what transpired. The outcome is always eye-opening for the audience and inevitably generates a ton of laughter due to the outcomes. 

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The feedback we receive is that while cyber security might not be as fascinating to all as it is to me, the content and delivery are the most entertaining, easy to digest, and effective presentation on this subject matter they have seen. Please see summary details below and I look forward to exploring the opportunity further.
Here is a taste of what to expect:

8 Key Takeaways of the Workshop

  • Identify 6 changes in behaviors you can implement today that will slash your risk of being hacked by more than 50% et Get 

  • Experience a real phishing campaign that will open your eyes to the ease and effectiveness of people looking to infiltrate your systems.

  • Learn the do's and don’ts of connecting to local wireless hotspots Ex

  • Get a step-by-step list of actions you can take to avoid a cyber attacks during travel

  • Gain insight into the real world of cryptoransomware and how it could impact your business

  • Learn best practices to implement at home and at the office right away to protect yourself from being hacked.

  • Hear about real life examples of small to medium size companies that suffered major losses due to falling prey to a compromised link.

  • Create a plan of action to ensure your risk profile decreases dramatically so no one on your team falls prey to cyber attacks.

Most recent EO Rating: 9.5 (EO Richmond, VA)

EO Engagement Summary: 

  • EO Member (23 years) Board Member 8 years)

  • EO Columbus, Ohio​ (President, Learning, Membership)

  • EO Silicon Valley (Membership)

  • EO Atlanta (Learning x 3 years)

  • EO Southeast Regional Podcast Host


What People are saying about Derek

Michael Mahoney, EO Richmond President


Ideal Body Wellness

Hats off to our Learning Chair, Steve, and to Derek Harp of EO Atlanta for a valuable lesson in cyber security last week, including an attempt to phish our members. One member explained how a phishing email resulted in a ransomware attack that cost his company tens of thousands of dollars. Derek taught us about a wide range of cybersecurity risks and great tips to avoid victimization.  I personally shared some of these tips with my family that night. Valuable and practical stuff! 

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Wayne Kurzen


The Kurzen Group

I was fortunate to attend a presentation by Derek Harp on cybersecurity at Verne Harnish’s ScaleUp Summit. WOW!  I had no idea as to how serious the threat is to me and my business.  I learned so many things regarding the threat and also the actions I should be taking. Derek is not only very current on cyber security, his style of delivery is compelling.

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Jim Jubelirer


Jubelirer Results Group

Derek spoke at out Scaling Up Summit. He did a great job cutting through the clutter of a busy conference program by delivering a strong, focused presentation. His talk was packed with useful information about a very important and mis-understood topic. The White Papers accompanying the presentation were a great addition to my learning. 


Randy Zechman, EO past member 


Clean Solar

Derek Harp spoke to our group of about 200 people. He was one of the highest rated speakers of the year for our group. We have about 45 every year. His focus on immediate take away value is evident in most slides. The conversation was multi-dimensional, dealing with personal security to business. He was engaging and always kept the topic moving. As I looked around the room, you could tell everyone in the room was engaged. At the end of the presentation, he took questions and answers. You can always tell how popular a speaker is by how many questions they receive. Our group had so many, we had to cut them off and let them ask Derek afterwards. He was gracious enough to stick around for an extra 30 to 60 minutes to make sure everyone got their questions answered. I could not speak more highly about his presentation.   


Ethan King, EO member 

Founder and CEO 

Zeus'​ Closet

I drastically need to bring Derek into my company to talk to my employees. They have no idea how much risk they're putting as at with their everyday interactions.


Hunter Elkins, EO  member

Owner / Founder

Elkins Retail Advertising

Derek makes the intimidating and constantly changing world of cyber-security not only understandable to the layman, but actually entertaining! His natural style and engaging stories make everyone feel comfortable tackling such a daunting subject. Derek is a natural and I highly recommend seeing him speak.


John Yates


Morris, Manning & Martin

Derek is clearly a global expert on the unique aspects of cybersecurity and practical considerations for business leaders to consider with regard to this critical and timely topic. He displayed a special knowledge of business and legal issues in this area while at the same time presenting the information in a practical, entertaining and easy to understand manner.
Importantly, Derek has a special ability to simplify complicated and technically complex issues – and make them comprehensible by those of us who are non-technical. Using his casual but convincing style, Derek does not use fear-uncertainty-and-doubt or sell a story of doom and gloom; rather he leads the audience down a path of decreasing risk while still pursuing the great advantages new technology offers us.


Hanno Ekdahl, EO member


Idenhaus Consulting

As a cyber security entrepreneur, I have found it's hard to engage people in a real conversation about this topic that actually result in change. Derek does a wonderful job bringing energy, enthusiasm, and humor to the conversation in a way that captivates his audience and keeps them there. He makes the content not only accessible  to those in the room, but also meaningful for them. They walk away having received the message loud and clear about ways they can improve their cybersecurity.



Marc Casto, EO past member

CEO & President

Casto Travel

Derek's presentation was perfectly suited for the varying levels of knowledge on cyber security within the audience: neither overly convoluted to lose the interest of the non-technical nor lacking in depth to discourage the die-hard experts. Following the program there was extensive feedback from members rating him as one of the top subject matter experts to present before us in the last few years. We intend to hire him back for an on-going series.


Thor Conklin, EO Member


Peak Performance Group, LLC

Great speaker that really understands the topic of cyber security and how it affects or will affect everyone at some point. Parts are eye opening and scary, yet he gives practical solutions to mitigate the risks.


Lesli Seta


Speed, Seta, Martin, Trivett & Stubley

I recently had the opportunity to attend one of Derek’s cybersecurity workshops.  Derek is the best translator for the non-technical business owner like me.   We need the help to navigate through these cyber issues. We don't really understand them. We don't really want to understand them. But I now know that we NEED to understand them. I was looking for someone to hold my hand and humor me; to give me that spoonful of sugar, so that I could tolerate all this stuff to help me do what we needed to protect our company. I'm so grateful to have been in the audience of one of Derek's talks.  Engage him to talk to your employees or business group now.


Josh McAfee, EO Member
Headway Platform

One of the things I hadn't thought about that Derek talked about was the policy side of security and actually helping my employees understand the things ahead of time versus having a reactionary policy. I was really appreciative of that perspective.


Margaret Lisi, EO SLP


ST!R Film Design

The amount of information, the currency of his information, and the value adds that he provides in terms of best practices and tips, slam dunk.

Track Record:

  • Founder and CEO of early-stage companies for the last 25 years with a frequent focus on cybersecurity

  • Founder and Chairman of Control System Cyber Security Association International – (CS)²AI

  • Co-founder and board member of NexDefense, Inc.

  • Co-founder of ICS Cyber Security Business unit at the SANS Institute

  • Founding Co-Chair of the international GICSP Steering Committee

  • Co-founder and CEO of LogiKeep, Inc

  • Former US Navy Officer



Derek has been speaking to audiences of all sizes for over 20 years. His personable, knowledge-based content on entrepreneurship, raising capital and cyber security draw in his audience and leave them wanting more. As an 23-year member of EO, he has served a Board member in a variety of positions for more than 7 years of that time. He has also been a past Board member of Marburn Academy, Junior Achievement and numerous privately held enterprises. Derek has won a number of business awards as well that can be found on his website. 

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