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Jessica Barker
Co-CEO, expert in the human nature of cybersecurity at Cygenta


Dr Jessica Barker is a leader in the human nature of cybersecurity, has been named one of the top 20 most influential women in cybersecurity in the UK and awarded as one of the UK’s Tech Women 50 in 2017. She is the Chair of ClubCISO.

Equipped with years of experience running her own consultancy, she co-founded
Cygenta, where she follows her passion of positively influencing cybersecurity
awareness, behaviours and culture in organisations around the world. Her
consultancy experience, technical knowledge and sociology background give her
unique insight. She is known for her clear communication style and for making
cybersecurity accessible to all.

Jessica delivers thought-provoking and engaging presentations across the world, at
corporate events as well as practitioner and academic conferences. Known for her
ability to engage everyone from senior executives to ethical hackers and creative
workers, she brings energy, enthusiasm and fun to cyber security. Her speaking
engagements are rooted in the work she does around the psychology and sociology
of cybersecurity, particularly regarding cybersecurity threats, social engineering, how
to effectively communicate cybersecurity messages, the psychology of fear and
cybersecurity, and the language of cybersecurity. Her specialisms span cybersecurity
awareness, behaviour and culture.

Jessica’s many appearances discussing cybersecurity on national and international
TV and Radio have cemented her place as the media’s go-to expert on subjects that
require graceful, clear and engaging communication of technical subjects. She
frequently appears on the BBC, Sky News, Channel 4 News, Channel 5 News, Radio
4’s Today programme, Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show and more. She has been
published in the Sunday Times, Grazia and the Guardian, and frequently in industry
press. Jessica and her husband FC were Guest Curators of the 2018 Cheltenham
Science Festival and are keen supporters of the NCSC Cyber Schools Hub, TeenTech
and the Cyber Security Challenge. They recently won an award from the UK National
Cyber Security Centre for their continued commitment to schools outreach work.

Agenda Sessions

  • Inside the minds of hackers