Jessica Barker – Keynote Speaker

Co-Founder, Co-CEO, Cygenta

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Specialist Subjects

  • Cyber security
  • Digital Issues
  • Data Management
  • Risk


  • English


Dr Jessica Barker is a leader in the human side of cyber security, has been named one of the top 20 most influential women in cyber security in the UK and awarded asone of the UK’s Tech Women 50 in 2017. She is the Chair of ClubCISO and a team leader for the Cyber Volunteers 19 Project (CV19).

Equipped with years of experience running her own consultancy, Jessica Barker co-founded Cygenta, where she follows her passion of positively influencing cyber security 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 cyber security accessible to all.

Jessica Barker 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 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, Grazia, New Statesman and the Guardian, and frequently in industry press. Jessica Barker 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 two awards from the UK National Cyber Security Centre for their continued commitment to schools’ outreach work. In 2020, Jessica keynoted RSA in San Francisco and is due to have two books published.

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