About Eric


An internationally recognized expert in multiple facets of Cyber Crime, Cyber Security and Internet Intelligence, Eric Olson is currently Vice President of Product Strategy at Cyveillance, a Virginia-based Cyber Intelligence firm acquired by QinetiQ North America in 2009.

For the last 12 years, Eric has been instrumental in developing the high-volume content-processing technologies, analysis methods and entirely new disciplines necessary for online Open Source Intelligence gathering, threat identification and risk management on the Internet. From 2007, his focal areas have been Phishing, Malware, and other Cyber crimes including illicit Internet sales of tobacco and prescription drugs, online identity theft, child exploitation and human trafficking.

Most recently, Eric was the principal author and instructor for QinetiQ’s Cyber Safety training program, which is specifically oriented to the exploding problem of social engineering penetrations into US corporations and government agencies. Eric has personally trained more than 600 corporate executives and employees in leading insurance, financial, defense and pharmaceutical firms, as well as educators, military officers and government officials.  In 2010, a computer-based version of his course was developed, which has been licensed to train more than 300,000 people, and won the MarComm Industry Platinum Award for “Best Computer Based Training Program” of the year.




Prior to joining Cyveillance, Eric worked as a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers (now IBM Consulting), where his responsibilities included Internet technology, financial systems, and compliance & reporting for high-tech firms and the US Courts and Treasury Department. He started his career at a medical equipment company in Moscow, ran the family business for four years, and worked in central Russia as an analyst for an international venture capital fund.



Outside of work, Eric is a licensed pilot, a black belt in karate and Iaido, and an avid practitioner of both Japanese and Gracie (Brazilian) jiu jitsu. He also volunteers as a Working Group chair at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He lives in Virginia with his wife, two Norwegian Forest Cats and an improbably large collection of odd Japanese weapons.



MBA, 1998, Georgetown University

Beta Gamma Sigma – National Society Honoring Achievement in the Study of Business

BA, 1992, Russian Studies, Hamilton College

Phi Sigma Iota – National Honor Society for the Study of Foreign Languages (Russian, French)


Cyber security, Internet crime, internet fraud, online fraud, phishing, internet security, computer security, web crawling technologies, online safety, data analysis, business plan development, cybercrime, cyber crime, online counterfeiting, content processing, content analysis, OSINT, Open Source Intelligence, Intelligence Analysis

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