Marc Goodman

NY Times Bestselling Author
Founder of Future Crimes Institute
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Marc Goodman is a New York Times Best-Selling author, global strategist and entrepreneur focused on the profound change technology is having on business, society and international affairs.  He has consulted with Fortune 500 companies, start-ups and heads of governments around the world, including the White House, on technological innovation, future trends and exponential change.

Mr. Goodman has worked in over 80 countries to help companies adapt and transform themselves in response to rapidly emerging technological change. He provides clients with both the mindset and the actionable plans required to drive growth, innovation and organizational leadership for the 21st century.

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A sought-after speaker, Mr. Goodman’s TED talk on exponential technologies has been viewed over 1.2 million times and translated into 26 languages. His highly-entertaining and educational presentations have been described as “deeply fascinating,” “jaw-dropping,” and “among the best talks I’ve ever heard.”

Mr. Goodman serves as the Chair for Policy, Law and Ethics at Silicon Valley’s Singularity University, located on the campus of the NASA Ames Research Center. There he educates and inspires a new generation of leaders to manage exponentially growing technologies including artificial intelligence, big data, robotics, synthetic biology, virtual reality, the blockchain and the Internet of Things in order to address humanity’s grandest challenges.

Mr. Goodman has published widely on matters of business and technology, including articles with the The Economist, Wired, The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, Forbes and Oxford University Press. Moreover, he has been featured on the BBC, CNN, Fox News, Larry King, NPR, the Tim Ferriss Podcast, and in the NY Times, the Washington Post, The Financial Times, Le Monde, and many others.

Mr. Goodman is the author of Future Crimes a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best-Seller. Future Crimes was selected as Amazon’s Best Business Book of 2015 and has been named one of The Washington Post’s Top Ten Best Books of the year. Future Crimes is currently in its ninth printing and has been translated into 21 languages. In addition, Mr. Goodman served as a contributor to the World Economic Forums’ highly cited Deep Shift report on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which provided a roadmap for organizations and economies to leverage exponential changes in science and technology.

Mr. Goodman holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University and a Master of Science in the Management of Information Systems from the London School of Economics. In addition, he has served as a Fellow at Stanford University and is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Stanford’s MediaX Laboratory. He is on the advisory board of The AI Initiative/Future Society Program at Harvard University and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on International Security. Mr. Goodman also serves as an advisor to the XPRIZE Foundation in Los Angeles.

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Security in a Connected World

A huge proponent of technology, Marc Goodman knows that the positive aspects of the Internet are manifest. But as one of the world’s leading authorities on global security, he also recognizes that when it comes to technology, the increased scale of influence can be used both for good and for ill. In a global society run by computers, whoever controls the computer code can control the world. Every day we connect more and more devices to the Internet, ranging from laptops and mobile phones, to critical infrastructures including financial systems and electrical grids. We trust what our screens tell us, but all technologies can be hacked to provide a stealth window direct into an unsuspecting user’s home, office, family, or social life. In this eye-opening talk, Goodman provides access to his deep insights about the future of technology and where the next threats will come from, along with the preventative measures we need to take before it’s too late.

The Future of Financial Crime

Financial fraud is on the rise and transnational criminal networks are innovating more quickly than business and government can keep up. The result: fraud on a mass scale across all sectors. In this lecture, Marc Goodman will explain how technologies are being leveraged to create vast networks of fraudulent identities and shell accounts. He will share the latest intelligence on criminal tradecraft in the world of financial crime, including a thought-provoking analysis of what industry must do to prevent mass damage to their business moving forward.

Lessons in Innovation from the Criminal Underground

This presentation draws surprising conclusions about what legitimate businesses can learn from international organized crime–a two trillion dollar a year industry. Global criminals have become sophisticated managers of technology and talent. While businesses around the world are struggling to keep up in the era of big data, international organized crime is masterfully exploiting these opportunities. This lecture takes a look at the lessons to be learned from the “early adopters” in the criminal underground.

Security & Privacy in Medicine and Healthcare

Increasingly technology is being integrated into every aspect of medicine and healthcare. These fast-paced advances in science hold phenomenal opportunities to cure disease and diminish human suffering. But what happens when medical devices, medical records, and even the human body itself is hacked by a vibrant network of organized criminals? In this lecture, Marc Goodman presents a compelling overview of the latest criminal tradecraft affecting the healthcare industry and looks at how practitioners and patients can ensure technology continues to heal rather than harm.

Building a Culture of Cybersecurity

Every day in the news there is story after story a major cyberattack. According to Juniper Research, businesses around the world will lose nearly $2 trillion dollars to data breaches by the year 2019. Most companies respond to these rapidly emerging threats by spending increasing sums on technology—firewalls, intrusion detection systems and the like—but technology alone will never eliminate cyber security risk without considering human factors. According to IBM Security, 95% of security incidents involve human error and employees may unwittingly be putting their organization at increased cyber risk. In this highly engaging and humorous presentation, Marc Goodman explains how to take your weakest link and turn it into your greatest strength. A vigilant and informed workforce can vastly improve your company’s cybersecurity and a human firewall must be a top priority. Goodman will teach your employees to protect themselves, so that they can protect you. Creating a culture of cybersecurity may be the single most important step you can take to protect yourself and your company from the drastic increase in global cyber attacks. After all, cybersecurity not a department, it’s an attitude. In this talk Marc Goodman will show you how to get there.

A Dynamic Duo: How IT and HR Can Secure a Company from Cyber Threats

In most companies, the department charged with cyber security issues is the IT department. While technical solutions, policies, and procedures play a large part in keeping a company safe, they alone will never be able to secure a company from security breaches. The key to cybersecurity is the attitude and training of employees—and it is here that HR professional have a vital role to play. In this talk, Marc Goodman will open human resource managers’ eyes to the people problem behind cyber risk and outline the key strategies that HR managers must employ to create a cyber-savvy workplace. Topics to be covered include background check policies and procedures, the importance of social media polices for all employees, and the need to immediately secure access to company systems after an employee leaves an organization. Other topics that Goodman can address as part of this informative talk are the risks of workplace cyber-bullying and the cost it can bear for companies as well as ways to hire and train the best cybersecurity talents in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Using case studies from across various industries and relevant research findings, Goodman motivates HR and IT professionals to work together and empowers them to maintain a more secure, and ultimately more productive and enjoyable work environment.


“Marc Goodman’s talk on cybercrime and terroriism was brilliantly done and truly chilling…. I was back in the speaker lounge, and he silenced the room…. No time to tweet during the fascinating talk by @futurecrimes.”

- Attendees, O’Reilly Strata Conference

“We’ve had many speakers through the years and I can say without reservation that Marc was one of the best we’ve worked with. He was responsive, thorough, flexible and knowledgeable… and his presentation was interesting on a professional and personal level.”

- Vice President of Marketing, Software Company

“Marc’s engaging delivery helped us fully appreciate the importance of safeguarding patient and medical information in a world of increased openness and growing individual autonomy over health data. Marc’s talk (one of the highest rated in our 2015 program) was a refreshing wake up call that compelled us to see the external world differently and brought the much-needed human touch to a subject that has profound impact on our work.”

- Head of Communications & Strategic Relations, global pharmaceutical company

“Marc Goodman’s presentation on the future of crime was the chilling awakening our audience didn’t know they needed. His style was fresh and informative, educational and entertaining, and geared to the specific interests of our audience. All of these factors have earned him a spot as one of the ACFE’s highest rated keynote speakers. The cyber world holds many dangers and unknowns, and Marc successfully opened the eyes of nearly 3,000 anti-fraud professionals by inspiring them to gain the skills and knowledge they need to protect our future. There’s no doubt everyone in the room learned something new that they applied to their professional and personal lives.”

- Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Director of Events

“The event went great! Marc did a great job of engaging the audience and speaking to them at their level. He used a perfect combination of stories, pictures, video and content to make his points. The hour he spoke flew by and although some of the things he spoke about were a bit worrisome, he did a great job of keeping a positive yet a cautious outlook for the future.”

- Attendee at LANDESK Interchange 2015

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