Meet the team: Conor O'Neill - Head of Product

November 13, 2019

Conor O Neill CREST Certified Pentester and head of Product at OnSecurity, in the office

What first attracted you to the world of Pentesting?

I was sick of the office job I had at the time. I wanted to do an M.Sc. so I could go back and have another year in Uni. I looked down the list of courses and choose Security simply because ‘Computer Forensics’ sounded cool to me (I was wrong about Computer Forensics being cool mind).

Tell us about what you do here.

I’m in charge of the product strategy for our online platform. It’s basically a creative role where I’m either responding to client's pain-points with new sets of features, or I come up with my own ideas, I think they'll value.

Outline a typical day.

Essentially I lounge around waiting for divine inspiration for a new platform idea. About once every two months, it arrives. Then I simply draw a picture of that idea and hand it over to someone who does the actual work to turn it into a reality. Also, every once in a while I might do some pen-testing - depends on how I feel.

What have you been working on mostly since joining OnSecurity?

Well, I Co-founded OnSecurity, so I’ve mostly been working on turning nothing into something.

What are you most excited about in the coming months?

It’s all a bit secret squirrel at the minute but we’re about to release two big features that have never been done before in the world, ever.


Quick Q&A with Conor

How would you describe your job to a child?

I wouldn’t. I’d lie and say I was a Fighter Pilot instead, because no child is going to want to hear about Pentesting.

If you weren’t at OnSecurity, what would you be doing?

Fighter pilot, probably.

Before OnSecurity what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

Had a few random ones along the way. I worked in a shop on an aboriginal island hundreds of miles off the coast of Darwin. I also spent a year teaching in a school in Tanzania (I do a lot of work for charity actually - but I don’t like to talk about it).

What are three words to describe OnSecurity?

What’s your number 1 security tip?

Use Two-factor authentication whenever you can, especially on your main email account.

What are your three most overused words/phrases?

Pen-testing rig with laptops inserted

Conor and Father Jack share a love of language

If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save?

My guitar.

Favourite Hobby?

See above.

What popular quote to you hate?

There’s a few at this stage.

  1. “Even a stopped clock is right twice a day” How would we possibly know when it’s right? Unless of course, we had a second, working clock. And in that case; why are we looking at the stopped one?!
  2. “Only more sleeps until Christmas/InfoSec/whatever” - grown adults using this in conversation. It was cool for about three minutes ten years ago. Time to stop now.
  3. “Asking for a friend…” Another good gag ruined by overuse on social media.

What’s your favourite noise?

The silence in the office while I try to think of an answer to this ridiculous question.

What will finally break the internet?

I saw a family at a restaurant the other day with two young kids, and I’m not exaggerating when I say the parents literally spent the entire time on their phones. So anyway, my hope is that one day us, the people will break the Internet. That we’ll all wake up and say “Whoa, kind of crazy how much time we spent on our phones right?! LOL! Let’s go back to talking to the people who’ve made the effort to actually be in the room with us.”

What’s the most important thing you have learned in the last five years?

Play with your kids because they’re growing up quick.

If you could be anyone from any time period who would it be and why?

If you could be anyone from any time period who would it be and why? Queen WotaLoad of the Kingdom OvScheite. She ruled for over 50 years until her death in 1182BC and was most famous for beheading Marketing people who asked hackneyed questions in ‘Meet the Team’ features.

Unexpected fact

I hold no Guinness World Records for anything. Not even for my considerable charitable work (which I don’t like to talk about). Not one. People find that hard to believe. In fact, I probably hold the World Record for biggest disparity between expected and actual World Records held.

Conor O Neill not winning a Guinness World Record

Ashrita Furman the ~actual~ holder of the most Guinness World Records.
[Pictured blowing a postage stamp over 100 metres while holding a sloth]


If you want to know more about what Conor is getting up to - you can contact him at Conor.Oneill@onsecurity.co.uk or connect with him on LinkedIn