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FC is a well-known social engineer and ethical hacker. He has been working in the information security field for over 20 years and excels at circumventing access controls. As part of this, FC ‘breaks into’ hundreds of offices, banks and government facilities around the world.
FC's work demonstrating weaknesses in physical, personnel and digital controls, and he assists organisations to improve their security. He is motivated by a drive to make individuals, organisations and countries more secure and better-able to defend themselves from malicious attacks.
FC has held positions in his career such as Senior Penetration Tester as well as Head of Social Engineering and Physical Assessments for renowned security companies. Having worked as Head of Cyber Research for Raytheon Missile Systems, collaborating alongside intelligence agencies, he has cemented his skill-set and knowledge whilst helping governments take correct courses of action against national threats.
Now Co-CEO and Head of Ethical Hacking at Cygenta, he continues to perform valuable research into vulnerabilities. His client list involves FTSE100 companies, major high-street banks in the UK and Europe and multiple government agencies and security forces.
Outside of work he also co-founded the Surrey and Hampshire Hackspace as well as the Defcon 441452 (Gloucester) ethical hacker group. He has co-hosted many podcasts, been featured in the press and regularly writes articles for journals and blogs.
FC and his wife Dr Jessica Barker 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 an award for continued commitment to schools outreach work from the UK National Cyber Security Centre.
FC demystifies security with his expertise, humour and passion, frequently giving talks at corporate events, security conferences, universities and schools around the world. He specialises in teaching people of all ages and abilities the art of security in an engaging and impactful way.