Dr Jessica Barker runs cyber.uk.
With a background in sociology and civic design, Jessica specialises in the human side of cyber security. Running her own company, J L Barker Ltd, she is engaged by FTSE100 companies, central government and SMEs across the defence, health, financial and retail sectors to advise organisations how they can keep their information safe while getting the most out of it. Jessica’s consultancy work involves leading and delivering information security audits, from which she develops roadmaps which take organisations on a journey of improved cyber security maturity. Jessica also specialises in learning and development packages which raise cyber security awareness and, using an approach rooted in behavioural economics, change behaviours to address the challenge of cyber security’s biggest weakness: the human element.
Jessica regularly delivers thought-provoking and engaging presentations 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, Jessica brings energy, positivity, humour and fun to cyber security.
Recent speaking engagements include:
- exploring cybersecurity awareness with analogies of mythology and classic horror fiction at EMFCamp in August 2016
- addressing so-called imposter syndrome in the cybersecurity industry at SteelCon in July 2016
- delivering a keynote talk on why humans are so susceptible to social engineering at Infosecurity Europe in June 2016
- discussing the history of the term ‘cyber’ and why the ‘information security’ industry should embrace the term more enthusiastically – at Bsides London in June 2016
Upcoming speakng engagements include IP Expo, Infosecurity Magazine Virtual Conference and ISC2 Security Congress. If you are running an event and would like to approach Jessica as a potential speaker, email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your requirements and what she can offer.
Jessica is passionate about encouraging young people, particularly young women and girls, to become more engaged with cyber security, and as such is a keen supporter of the Cyber Security Challenge and TeenTech UK.
Jessica is also enthusiastic about making cyber security a more engaging and accessible subject to all. As such she makes regular media appearances to discuss current cyber security issues, most recently on Sky News, BBC Business Live, The One Show, BBC Breakfast, Cybercrimes with Ben Hammersley, BBC 5 Live and Radio 4’s Today programme. She has also been published in The Sunday Times.
– on Radio 4’s Today programme about biometric systems replacing passwords here
– on Sky News about hacktivism here
– about cyber security careers at TeenTech Cyber in London here
– on BBC World News about bug bounties and white / grey / black hat hacking here
To contact Jessica, send her an email at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter.