Sean O’Connor has predominately worked in the Intelligence Community (IC), starting his career, like many do, in the US military, where he worked in various intelligence disciplines, ranging from Human Intelligence (HUMINT) to tactical Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), and later serving as a Counterintelligence (CI) contractor for the Department of Defense (DoD).
Sean has always been passionate about all things intelligence and all things cyber. With this combined passion, Sean decided after his third tour in Afghanistan, to transition to the private sector as a Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) researcher for Dell Secureworks in the exclusive Counter Threat Unit (CTU). “The intelligence training and experience I obtained throughout my military career and in the DoD gave me the tools necessary to build the CTU’s first ever virtual HUMINT team.” By applying traditional HUMINT tradecraft through sock puppet accounts, the CTU vHUMINT team was able to infiltrate dark web cybercriminal networks for the purpose of collecting, analyzing and producing intelligence.
After six years in the Secureworks CTU, Sean took on a new opportunity with KPMG US as their head of Threat Intelligence, where he built the CTI program for the US, LATAM, and Israel member firms. Fast forward to today, Sean is the Global Head of the Equinix Threat Analysis Center (ETAC), which is comprised of teams focused on threat intelligence research, threat hunting, consulting services and data analytics.