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Security 30 Mar 2017

Noted hacker Kevin Mitnick gives BBVA Compass’ Jacksonville clients the download on cybersecurity

On Wednesday, former black hat hacker turned security consultant Kevin Mitnick headlined BBVA Compass’ Bright Perspectives event held in Jacksonville, leading the minds of Northeast Florida clients on dynamic business technology topics such as cybersecurity.

Mitnick — who was once one of the FBI’s Most Wanted because he hacked into 40 major corporations just for the challenge — is now a cybersecurity advisor to Fortune 500 companies and governments worldwide and a public speaker for forums such as the Bright Perspectives series. Mitnick provided BBVA Compass’ Northeast Florida clients with a first-hand outlook and unique insight into how to protect and control their financial lives during the era of digital growth.

Famed hacker Kevin Mitnick brought cybersecurity insight to BBVA Compass’ Jacksonville clients.

Bright Perspectives provided the Jacksonville community with value that reaches beyond banking products and services

BBVA Compass Northeast Florida CEO Nelson Bradshaw stated that Mitnick’s feature in the local forum accents BBVA Compass as a digital leader and service organization invested in the financial success of Jacksonville.

“Bright Perspectives provided the Jacksonville community with value that reaches beyond banking products and services,” said Bradshaw. “Mitnick’s event appearance is a forward-thinking initiative for the Jacksonville market, essentially creating an opportunity to foster bright financial futures for the clients, businesses and communities of Northeast Florida.

Former black hat hacker Kevin Mitnick shared his favorite hacker moment — cracking into a fast food drive-thru intercom.

BBVA Compass is a top five bank in Jacksonville, ranking No. 4 in terms of deposit market share. However, Bradshaw said that it is BBVA Compass’ commitment to being a digital knowledge-services institution which can put the bank over the top during Jacksonville’s market growth.

According to BBVA Research USA, the bank’s in-house economist team, the Jacksonville economy is expected to see growth throughout the next two years, with a predicted gross domestic product (GDP) increase from 3.4% in 2017 to 4.0% in 2018. The research team also highlights that the city’s labor market is progressing at levels not seen since prior to the nation’s economy drop in 2016.

Bradshaw stated that if Jacksonville’s economy is growing, then so are its businesses, which is all the reason to educate Jacksonville’s business clients about cybersecurity.

Forums like Bright Perspectives can be impactful to our Jacksonville area clients who may experience business growth thanks to a rising economy

“Forums like Bright Perspectives can be impactful to our Jacksonville area clients who may experience business growth thanks to a rising economy,” said Bradshaw. “This forum builds awareness about cybersecurity, potentially helping our local business clients to be proactive in guarding their finances as their business’ activities increase.”

In addition to Jacksonville, BBVA Compass’ Bright Perspectives series will land in cities throughout the bank’s Sunbelt footprint, including, but not limited to, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Birmingham and Phoenix.


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