Jessica Barker – Keynote Speaker

Expert in the human side of cyber security

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Specialist Subjects

  • Why Culture is Key to Cyber Security
  • Why Social Engineering is BS
  • Data Management
  • Risk
  • Cyber Security
  • Digital Issues



  • English


Dr 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. Named one of the top 20 most influential UK women in cyber security, Jessica Barker is the go-to cyber expert for media including the BBC, Sky News and Wired magazine.

Jessica Barker has delivered over 80 keynotes, including NATO, the World Government Summit, and RSA San Francisco. Her speaking engagements unpick the psychology and sociology of 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. She serves on numerous industry boards, including the UK Government Cyber Security Advisory Board. The author of ‘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 so over the years she has taken classes in everything from horse riding to singing to circus skills. Born in the UK, she now lives in Las Vegas with her husband FC and their cat Bubble.

Popular Talks by Jessica Barker

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.

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.

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