Sharon Conheady

Director of First Defence Information Security & Co-Founder of The Risk Avengers

Sharon Conheady is the director of First Defence Information Security where she specialises in social engineering, security awareness and penetration testing.   She has a background in professional services and has delivered security testing and training both locally and internationally. 

Sharon is a founding member of the Risk Avengers collaborating with industry peers in the fraud prevention and cyber security arenas.  Sharon is a regular speaker at security events around the world and has presented at conferences including DEF CON, Deepsec, Recon, CONFidence and InfoSec and has appeared as a subject matter expert on security podcasts including pauldotcom and  She is also a member of the Regional Review Board for Blackhat Europe. 

Sharon has an MSc in Information Security from the University of Westminster and a BA(Mod) in Computer Science, Linguistics and French from Trinity College Dublin.  She is the author of Social Engineering in IT Security: Tools, Tactics, and Techniques published by McGraw-Hill.