Dr Jessica Barker

Dr Jessica Barker Cyber Security Expert| Best Selling Author of “Confident Cyber Security” | Keynote Speaker |Media Commentator


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Dr Jessica Barker 2024 Speech Titles Dr Jessica Barker 2024 Speech Titles

  • How a Hack Works
  • Demonstrating a Phishing Attack
  • Why Culture is Key to Cyber Security
  • Why Social Engineering is BS

Dr Jessica Barker's Biography

Dr Jessica Barker:Leader in the human side of cyber securityDr Jessica Barker is a best-selling author and international keynote speaker.​An award-winning leader in the human side of cyber security, she has delivered face-to-face awareness sessions to over 50,000 people in over 25 countries. Named one of the top 20 most influential UK women in cyber security, she is the go-to cyber expertfor media including the BBC, Sky News and Wired magazine.​Jessica has delivered over 80 keynotes, including NATO, the World Government Summit, and RSA. Her speaking engagements bring the sociology and psychology of cyber security to life. She serves on numerous industry boards, including the UK Government Cyber Security Board. Known for her ability to engage everyone from senior executives to ethical hackers, she brings energy, enthusiasm, and funto cyber security. Jessica is co-Founder of the cyber security company Cygenta, where she focuses on her purpose to advance cyber security awareness, behaviour, and culture in organisations around the world.​The author of the bestseller ‘Confident Cyber Security’ and co-author of ‘Cybersecurity ABCs’, she helps audiences around the world understand why people are the heart of cyber security. When Jessica is not working, she loves learning and over the years she has taken classes in everything from horse riding to singing to circus skills. Born in the North East of England, she now lives in Las Vegas, USA, with her husband FC and their cat Bubble.

Keynote Topics in Detail:

Why Social Engineering is BS

Social engineering is involved in most 'hacks', with phishing the number one threat to organisations. In this keynote, Dr Jessica Barker explores the psychology, neuroscience and sociology of scams.
She explores the emotional bait that criminals use to manipulate us and the human biases that make us all vulnerable. Using real-world examples of phishing emails, messages and calls, Jessica walks through how criminals push the emotional buttons of their targets and get us to click before we think.
Participants leave with a greater awareness of how and why we are manipulated, helping them spot scams and be more vigilant against cyber-crime.

How a Hack Works: Demonstrating a Phishing Attack

Year on year, phishing attacks keep on growing. It is now the biggest online threat to organisations. This session brings the who, how and why of phishing to life.
Dr Jessica Barker explores how phishing attacks work, the human factors behind them and what we can do to mitigate against them.
Including a demonstration of a spear-phishing email attack (from the attacker and victim side), participants leave with an insight into the reality of cyber insecurity and both the human and technical elements at play. This session can be delivered in partnership with FC

Why Culture is Key to Cyber Security

Cyber security culture eats breaches for breakfast. In this session, Dr Jessica Barker explains what this really means: what actually is security culture and why is it so important?
Jessica makes cyber security culture real: it is not something intangible but rather something that we can define, understand, measure and influence. She explains why it is the foundation to an organisation's security posture.
Participants leave this session with a greater understanding not only of what culture is, but also how they can play a part in building a positive security culture. Jessica shares practical advice to help everyone stay safe online at home as well as at work.


“It is speakers like Jessica who move the quality needle for us”Has Golem, Cisco “Jessica presented her approach to building a strong security awareness culture to our global security leadership and has had a major influence in shaping our approach to building a strong security culture across our business”Andrew Dickinson, Bupa "Jessica’s specialty, and gift, is taking the seemingly complex world of cybersecurity and making it simple for anyone to understand"Lance Spitzner,Director SANS Security Awareness 

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