Dr Jessica Barker

Dr Jessica Barker runs cyber.uk.

She is a leader in the human nature of cyber security, has been named one of the top 20 most influential women in cyber security in the UK and awarded as one of the UK’s Tech Women 50 in 2017.

Equipped with years of experience running her own consultancy, she co-founded Cygenta, working with a variety of organisations from small creative agencies through to multi-national banks. Her consultancy experience, technical knowledge and years working on the human side of cyber security give her unique insight. She is known for her clear communication style and for making cyber security accessible to all.

Winning a TechWomen50 award for 2017

With a background in sociology and civic design, Jessica delivers thought-provoking and engaging presentations about cyber security around 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 cyber security, particularly regarding cyber security threats, social engineering, how to effectively communicate cyber security messages, the psychology of fear and cyber security, and the language of cyber security. Her specialisms span cyber security awareness, behaviour and culture.


Jessica’s many appearances discussing cyber security 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 and the Guardian, and frequently in industry press.


See what Jessica had to say:

sky news smartphones– on Radio 4’s Today programme about biometric systems replacing passwords here

– on BBC World News about bug bounties and white / grey / black hat hacking here

– on Sky News about hacktivism here

– about cyber security careers at TeenTech Cyber in London here

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. As part of their work at Cygenta, Jessica and her husband FC have also been announced as Guest Curators of the 2018 Cheltenham Science Festival.

Check out what Jessica had to say about the human side of cyber security at ArmTechCon 2017 in California:

You can contact Jessica via Cygenta or follow her on Twitter.