Solomon Gilbert has always had a passion for curiosity and a burning desire to know. This curiosity, happily married with a yearning to press large red buttons he shouldn’t, has in the past got him into some very hot water. However, it has also given him the knowledge and capability to meaningfully help others. The truth is, hacking is a marvellous joy of puzzles, secrets, mysteries, and code.
Following his arrest and investigation, he now provides insight into the otherwise unreachable secrets of cybercrime and hacking, answering industry questions on how cybercrime works; what the faces behind the masks look like; his own experience as a young, autistic cybercriminal; and the long road he took to work legally as a hacker.
As someone with unique experience on both sides of the ethical fence, his insights have been invaluable to the National Crime Agency’s Cyber Prevent scheme, the Home Office, and to Regional Organised Crime Units; all in an effort to help law enforcement understand what drives cybercrime and how to best prevent it. Law enforcement isn’t his only priority, however. Solomon Gilbert believes that everyone should have the opportunity to understand this strangely fascinating online world so marred in secrecy. It is his pleasure to draw back the curtain and inform anyone interested about our brilliant, bizarre online landscape.
He worked closely with the NCA in formulating their cyber Prevent scheme, trying to keep young people from breaking the law. It’s a fascinating topic with some interesting challenges.
Having been arrested, kicked out of school, and investigated by the Counter-terrorism intelligence unit, the road to using my skills for good has been a struggle to accomplish.
People trust our companies, governments, and systems to ensure they’re secure. Nobody quite realises how vulnerable those systems are, and how easy they are to exploit. From hacking banks to compromising governments, he loves taking others down the shocking road of just how bad things can get by reviewing my own exploits and hacks.
As a young autistic person growing up online, Solomon does his best to represent the under-heard audience of the autistic experience. He has contributed to the National Autistic Society, and has sat on the Parliamentary Commission on Autism. It warms him to know that his words can affect others so compassionately.
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Deputy Director, Strategic Centre for Organised Crime, Home Office
"The MSc in Investigative Psychology is the oldest and largest British Psychological Society Masters in Investigative Psychology. Solomon has been a central part of our external speaker’s provision over the past 5 years and his contributions have always been professional and evidence led. He provides consistently excellent cutting-edge talks on the latest development in Cyber Crime and Cyber Security. He has received incredibly strong feedback year on year and his talks are always a highlight for our students. His lectures are not just fully interactive but are also unique in content and delivery. I am happy to endorse him for any speaking and learning engagements."
Professor Maria Ioannou, BSc, MSc, PhD, C.Psychol, CSci, AFBPsS, FHEA, CMgr MCMI
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